Donald McVitty "Red" Stewart, 75

September 03, 2009

SEPT. 7, 1933-SEPT. 1, 2009

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Donald McVitty "Red" Stewart, 75, of Shippensburg, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at his home after a four-year battle with melanoma.

Born Sept. 7, 1933, in Amberson, Pa., he was a son of the late Ira K. and Ola McVitty Stewart.

Mr. Stewart was a 1951 graduate of Fannett-Metal High School and a 1952 graduate of Wilson College, business curriculum.

Mr. Stewart was employed for 25 years by Esso/Exxon at the Blue Mountain Service Plaza. In 1959, he began Stewart Milk Hauling and later merged to become Barrick and Stewart Milk Hauling, which he continued to operate until his passing. Mr. Stewart was a lifelong farmer.

Donald was an avid baseball player in his younger years, playing on various teams throughout the area. His love of baseball continued through the years as he taught his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all the fundamentals of baseball.


A 55-year resident of Newburg, Pa., Donald was a former member of the Newburg Borough Council and the Newburg-Hopewell Volunteer Fire Co.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Catharine Pyne Stewart; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Ronald Johnson of Upper Strasburg, Pa., and Donna and Christopher Shoap of Carlisle, Pa.; sons-in-law, Joel Valigorsky of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and L. Victor Traini of Enola, Pa.; five grandchildren, Marie Valigorsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mark Valigorsky of Milford, Conn., Patrick Traini of Shippensburg, and Jack and Max Shoap of Carlisle; seven great-grandchildren, Abigail Valigorsky, Samantha, Dakota, Joy, Ryan Jr., MacKenzie and MacKayla Traini; a brother, Robert C. Stewart of Amberson; an aunt, Mary H. Stewart of Fayetteville, Pa.; his friend and business partner, Joseph Webster, of Newville, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Sharon Valigorsky and Joy Traini; a grandson, Ryan Traini; and a brother, Waldo Stewart.

Memorial services will be Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home Inc., Shippensburg. The Rev. John E. Byers will officiate. Burial will follow in Otterbein Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before services Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dr. John Kirkwood Melanoma Research, UPCI, Development Dept., UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B-5150 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

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