Alan (Al) Stewart was born in Portland, Oregon, graduating from Grant High School, class of 1954. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn; brothers and sisters, Dennis Stewart, Gary Stewart, Marilyn Holman, Heidi Finkle and their children.
Al was a loving husband and companion to his wonderful wife, Marilyn. He was respected and valued with esteem by his many friends. To all, it is known that a caring and kind gentleman has departed to heaven.
An absolute passion for cars and planes!
From an early age Al lived for cars and later took flying lessons, which introduced him to an affinity for planes. It was no surprise after attending Lewis& Clark College, he moved to San Francisco to sell automotive parts for Wagner Company.
In 1961, he returned to Portland to join Borg Warner until he formed his own company, the Stewart Group, as a manufacturer's representative. After several years, he united with Portland Transmission Parts as General Manager and Vice President, retiring in 2011.
Continuously, he was active in automotive shows, rallies, and a collector of toy cars and pedal cars. His expertise, respect, and leadership skills were sought as President of the Oregon Automotive Parts Association. He also served as President of the National Automotive Trade Association. Al received many awards of recognition and appreciation, including named a Man of the Year award by the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Automotive Parts Association. He also advanced the activities of charitable organizations, serving on the Board of the Francis Center.
Just look at that captivating, friendly smile in the photographs and imagine coupling it with a boisterous laugh. That was Al. How could you not want to be around Al? He just made everyone feel alive and thankful for the adventure of a new day. Guys like Al don't come around every day. We are the lucky ones to have shared time and space with him.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Francis Center, 6535 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, Oregon 97266