Cdr. Jamie B. Stewart (Ret), passed away on July 31, 2014 at his home in Crestview, Florida following a brief illness. He and his wife Gudrun moved to Crestview in 2005 after previously residing in Melbourne, Ocala, and Miami Florida. Born in Wilburton, Kansas to Merritt and Mary-Marie Trimpa Stewart on Jan. 13, 1919, he and his twin brother Ross were the youngest of seven siblings raised on a family-owned farm.
Mr. Stewart attended two years of Kansas State College, and enrolled in the U.S. Navy flight program at the start of World War II. As a pilot stationed in Iceland, Mr. Stewart flew PBY Catalinas in the North Atlantic, battling German submarines to protect lifelines vital to Great Britain. He married Gudrun Gudmundsdottir of Reykjavik in 1943.
During the Cold War’s intensive phase, Cdr. Stewart piloted P2Vs from bases in the U.S. and Iceland. He went on to become a flight instructor and attained the rank of Commander. Among the medals he was awarded are the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight; the American Defense Service Medal, in recognition of active duty service between 1939 and 1941; and the WW II Victory Medal for five years of service in wartime.
After 23 years of service, Cdr. Stewart retired from the Navy in 1962 and moved with his family to Miami, Florida, where he worked in the financial industry with Investors Diversified Services, later managing their Miami office. He was an avid reader with a keen interest in history. He actively and thoughtfully fostered family members and his grandchildren.
Cdr. Stewart is survived by his wife of 71 years, his twin brother, and three children, Jamie B. Stewart, Jr., Terry Stewart, and Kristine Stewart. Both sons served in the U.S. Navy, following their father’s example of service to country. Cdr. Stewart is also survived by two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Loving partner and parent, wise patriarch, loyal patriot, and generous friend, Jamie B. Stewart will be remembered with gratitude by all whose lives he touched.
• A memorial service will be held at a later date. A donation may be made in Cdr. Stewart’s memory to Covenant Hospice of Crestview.