Phillip S. Stewart

May 28, 1926 - March 1, 2019
Phillip S. Stewart

Phillip S. Stewart, born May 28, 1926 in Highland Park, Michigan, graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit with highest honors in 1950 and was named outstanding Male Student of his class. He lettered in basketball and also attended and taught in WSU Graduate School. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Sonar Technician from 1944-1946. After teaching school in Detroit for two years, he entered the F.B.I in 1951 and served in the Baltimore, MD and Newark, NJ offices. He retired in 1980 as Supervisory Senior Special Agent of the Piscataway, NJ Resident Agency. After retirement, Phil was self-employed as a Private Investigator-Consultant and did background investigations for MSM Security Services and the FBI Background Investigation Program. Together with his former partner in the FBI, he served as a Security Consultant for the National Hockey League (New Jersey Devils).

Phil was involved in many community activities in East Brunswick, NJ including President of the Village Swim Club, founder of the C.Y.O. basketball program at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Little League coach, Boy Scout Neighborhood Commissioner and helper to his wife, Bea’s many community projects. Phil moved to Wilmington, NC in 1986. He continued his community service in Wilmington, NC in The Cape Homeowner’s Association. In addition, he organized the Cape Men’s Golf Association and served as Chairman for 8 years where he still was a member in later years. He has also been active in the Senior golf Association and with Wilmington Inter-Club Golf Association.

Phil has also been active in the Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I. having served as Chairman in both the Central NJ Chapter, and the N.C. Chapter. He continued as Secretary-Treasurer of the Eastern N.C. Chapter. He was also past President and active in the Adult Scholars Leadership Alumni at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and served as Chairman of the Criminal Justice day for the Scholars program for 15 years. The “James R. Leutze Volunteer of the Year Award” was given to Phil and Bea in 2009 for continued outstanding volunteer activity at UNCW and the Wilmington community.

Phil is survived by his wife of 73 years, Beatrice and his three children, Robert, Kimberly Kells and James, and 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Robert was married to Kathleen Waller Stewart, MD and has one son, Eric. Kimberly is married to Gerard Kells and they have three sons, Conor who is married to Lauren Meyer Kells, Ryan who is married to Kathryn Davis Kells and Brendan who is married to Meredith Demaina Kells. Ryan and Kathryn have a daughter, Cordelia Anne. Brendan and Meredith have two sons, Henry Phillip and Benjamin Linden.

Phil likes to brag that he taught his wife, three children and four grandsons to play golf and claimed that his happiest day was when any of them could beat him on the golf course.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at The Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC. Donation in lieu of flowers can be made to: Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I. 3717 Fettler Park Drive, Dumfries, Va 22025. [email protected]

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099


Saturday, March 9, 2019
2:00 PM

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  • March 03, 2019
    Michel & Judith Chertier says:
    Our thoughts and love are with you and all the family.

  • March 06, 2019
    Diane Withrow says:
    I am so sorry to learn of this loss! Phil and Bea are so dear to me and the two of them together have been so very kind My sincere condolences to Bea and the family!

  • March 06, 2019
    Judy and Chas Pierce says:
    So sorry to learn of Phil’s death. We send love and condolences to Bea and all the family.

  • March 07, 2019
    John and Margie Jones says:
    Bea:Although we have drifted apart physically, you and Phil have remained in our hearts and minds. You have had a long and beautiful marriage. Our prayers are for Phil and your entire family. your loss is heaven's gain. Knowing Phil I'm sure he will find a way to watch over you and protect you. Our prayers continue

  • March 07, 2019
    Carol says:
    Sad to loose such a special friend. With love, Carol and Harry