George A. Stewart, Jr., 81: Devoted family man, longtime baker

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SOUTH PORTLAND — George A. Stewart Jr., 81, of South Portland died Dec. 9 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice surrounded by his family after battling cancer.

Born on July 29, 1928, he was the son of George Sr. and Adelaide (Shaw) Stewart.

In 1947 he graduated from Portland High School. After he graduated from The American Institute of Baking in Chicago, Ill., he began his 43-year career with the John J. Nissen Baking Company. While at Nissen’s he assisted in the development of new products and innovations. In 1991 he retired as a bakery supervisor.

He met his soul mate and future wife, Florence Di Censo, while working together at Nissen’s Bakery; they were married on Jan. 12, 1953.

They lived in Portland and South Portland while raising their four boys and spent over 56 wonderful years together.

A devoted family man, he spent as much time as possible with his family, and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in sporting events, dance or music recitals. He loved his family deeply and was always concerned about their well being, often telling his grown children, “ don’t speed on Highland Avenue” – where he got his one and only speeding ticket.

His other interests included boating or swimming on Little Sebago Lake, taking walks on the beach, going on cruises, and enjoying the Florida sun during the winter months.

He is survived by his wife Florence Stewart; four sons, Douglas and his fiancee Meredith of Cumberland,  Craig and his wife Deborah of Portland, Steven and his friend Diane of Scarborough, and Paul and his wife Melanie of Cape Elizabeth; eight grandchildren, Carissa, Elizabeth, Stephanie, Sophie, Spencer, Acadia, Zachary, and Gannon; stepmother Margaret Stewart of Portland; sister Mary Lou and her husband Frank Lewis of Portland; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held earlier this week.

Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland

Memorial donations may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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