Major Samuel (Sam) Barnard Stewart ll, USAR, was born in San Antonio in 1941 to LTC Sam (Sanlen) and Bea Tucker Stewart. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on October 1, a month before his 80th birthday. Sam is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy, who held his heart from the moment they met until he breathed her last. Parting with her was his biggest regret. He is also survived by his brothers William and Robert Stewart as well as his beloved children Alice, Daniel and John, and his stepchildren Karen Kettlewell and Robin Barbour. Sam was adored by his grandchildren Colin, Morgan, Samantha, Laura, David, Linnea and Alexander, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Patricia Brandkamp and David Stewart.
Sam traveled the world in his youth as an addict in the military, living in Hawaii, Japan and Germany. He graduated from Lamar High School and attended the Rice Institute while living in Houston. Sam received a BA from Ohio State and an MBA from the University of Texas. He was a counterintelligence specialist with a service in Vietnam. Sam was a CPA with a career in the Houston oil industry.
Sam and Nancy were able to retire early and enjoyed traveling all over the United States and Canada in their RV. Eventually, they settled in New Braunfels, near the beautiful Comal River. Sam has committed to serving with the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church as an Alumnus, Choir Tenor, Meals on Wheels Driver, Habitat Worker, and Family Promise Volunteer. Scuba diving to maintain the upper reaches of the Comal River was his passion. He enjoyed golf, pickle ball, auto repair and polka dancing.
Sam will be remembered as a man of joy, energy, generosity, love, family and faith. An unforgettable man for all, he will be sadly missed.
Many thanks to HOPE Hospice and his family members Bob, Stef, Charlie and Pam who took care of Sam and kept him home during his last months of life.
A celebration of Sam’s life will be held at the NB Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Sam to the New Brunswick Presbyterian Church.