The sudden, shocking loss of our beloved Coach Bill?Stewart Monday seems to be all our community can think about or discuss. It caused a pain and disbelief that can be described as nothing short of personal.
It is often said that Stewart treated everyone as if they were his friend. He would talk to everyone as if he knew them his entire life. He took the time to pay attention to them, show some extra concern.
We guess it makes sense then that the loss of a man that treated us like true friends would leave such an ache in our hearts. Even if we barely knew him, hardly ever talked to him, Stewart was our friend. He made us feel that way and the loss feels that way too.
We can only believe that some people, particularly outside of our community and state, thought Coach Stewart's "aw shucks" demeanor was an act. It certainly wasn't, unless they mean it was a class act. He was genuinely a great man. He left no doubt for us that he matched the mountains in terms of integrity.
We miss you already Stewart!