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William A. Stuart

September 2, 1950 — October 17, 2022

Lebanon

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William Arthur (Bill) Stuart passed away on Monday October 20, 2022 at age 72 after a lengthy stay in
the kind care of Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, PA. We knew it was serious for him when he
didn’t check himself out against medical advice after 10 days. (But it could also have been the wonderful
care of the nursing team on 3 South.)
To us, Bill was known as brother Bill, owing to the fact that the family already had Uncle Bill, little Bill
and cousin Billy. Born in El Reno OK in September of 1950, Bill was the first of the siblings so he
appointed himself the protector, the best buddy to John, the role model to Jonelle.
In school he always challenged the rules, breaking them with a smile and logic that kept him out of real
trouble (except the time he and John found the keys to a blacktop roller parked between the buildings
of our local elementary school). So legendary were the pranks, that when Jonelle followed on at the
same school 5 years later, the Vice Principal had only one question: “Are you one of those Stuart kids?”
Bill was a standout athlete in Track & Field in High School, winning the Citrus Belt League Wrestling
Championship for Eisenhower High School in 1968. He joined the Marine Corps following graduation in
1968, graduating Marine Corps boot camp at Camp Pendleton CA with honors, attaining the rank of
Lance Corporal as well as earning the National Defense Service Medal- Rifle Expert. After being
honorably discharged from the Marines, Bill used his electronics training to advance in his work for
Philips, becoming the youngest manager to lead a transformation project when they sent him to open
the Puerto Rico electronics plant.
In 1978 Bill married Susan in Huntington Beach, CA in 1978, though divorcing by 1985 with no children.
He met his long-time partner Elizabeth Vail and became an east coaster when he joined her in
Philadelphia. By 2009 they moved to Newtown Square PA where Bill was attending Penn State on a VA
grant to obtain his MIS degree at nearly 60 years old. He was holding his own with the 20-somethings
until he was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder (HHT) that required weekly transfusions for the last
decade of his life.
Bill spent the last two years quietly in Lebanon, PA and is survived by his brother John Stuart of Grants
Pass Oregon, sister Jonelle Hilleary (Joe) of Alexandria, VA, and 1 niece, Dr. Caryn Glosch of Houston, TX
(VAMC Houston).
A private memorial for family will be held for the scattering of his ashes. In lieu of flowers, please
consider making a donation to Mom’s Meals who do so much to support seniors, or by making a
donation to the “William A. Stuart Memorial Scholarship” on Bold.org, established to encourage high
school students pursuing a skilled-trade or going into engineering as Bill did. He will be missed but his
life will make a difference for others.

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