As a teacher, coach, assistant principal, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Dennis Stewart sought to connect with all types of people.
Mr. Dennis E. Stewart passed away from due to the horrible Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday, December 28, 2020 in Kittanning, the town in which he and his wife, Karen, raised their family. He was 72.
Dennis was preceded by his father Orrie, mother Polly, and brother Orrie (Sonny). He was also preceded by his in-laws Rudy and Edith Rose.
Dennis enlisted in the Navy and served his country in the Vietnam war.
Dennis became a teacher following his service to his country. He taught History and Driver’s Education at Kittanning & Ford City Jr. & Senior High Schools respectively, where he also coached football and his great love…wrestling. Dennis was inducted with the 42nd class into the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) as a wrestling coach for his 30+ years of service.
As Dennis grew older, he transitioned to Athletic Director roles at Kittanning, Ford City and eventually Armstrong. It was the job he was meant to do. He was often found early in the morning and late at night due to his sense of dedication and love for the job, school and everyone involved. He took great pride and loved being there for sporting events. He thrived in the pressure of getting everything “just right” for the event to be successful. He cheered for all of the young men and women regardless of skill or outcome. He bled the colors he represented.
Dennis’s other great love was golf. If he wasn’t at the school, he was on the golf course. He would play like the mail is delivered…rain, snow, sleet or hail. He had a great love for the game, and the gentlemen that he played with.
Above all, his greatest love was his family. Dennis is survived by his wife Karen, of 51 years, whom he met at Kittanning Jr. High School. In addition, his two children, Scott and Elyse, their spouses Brenda and Chad. His three grandchildren, Brett, Riley and Jace. His brother William Stewart and spouse Gay and their family.
Dennis Stewart’s life will be remembered this Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Armstrong Junior/Senior High School, 300 Buffington Dr., Kittanning, PA where you will be able to drive through the parking lot safely in your car from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The family requests guests sign or leave condolences in the virtual guestbook for Dennis at www.snydercrissman.com. Private interment will be in West Glade Run Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dennis’s memory to Orphans of the Storm, P.O. Box 838, Kittanning, PA 16201, Armstrong Junior/Senior High Athletic Department, 300 Buffington, Kittanning, PA 16201, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home in Kittanning, PA.
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Orphans of the Storm
PO Box 838, Kittanning PA 16201
Armstrong Junior/Senior High School Athletic Department
300 Buffington Dr., Kittanning PA 16201