January 20, 1930 - February 28, 2022
Eugene A. Steward, Sr., 92, of Allentown, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 28, 2022 at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, NJ.
Born in Hamilton Twp. and raised in Yardville, Eugene attended the Yardville Elementary School and graduated from Hamilton High in 1950. He worked various local jobs ranging from farm labor and truck driving, to packaging before joining the Air Force Air National Guard in January 1951. He was honorably discharged in 1954 and was fond of being part of a flight crew for the Lockheed F80 Shooting Star jet airplane.
In October 1952, he met, and later (exactly 6 years to the day) married his “Sweetheart” Eleanor Lord on October 30th, 1958. After his discharge from the service, he purchased property in North Hanover Township NJ and lived in the house he and Eleanor had designed and built together.
Eugene was employed with Power Generators in Trenton, where he worked designing launch and landing systems used on Naval Aircraft Carriers. Later, Eugene not only served in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, but also attended evening classes at the New Jersey Police Academy… then worked as a Special Officer for the North Hanover and Mansfield Township Police Departments after hours.
After leaving Power Generators, Eugene worked as a Draftsman/Designer at Princeton’s Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he worked on projects associated with prototype Fusion Reactors at the Forrestal Campus until he retired in 1990.
During the 1980s, he and his wife Eleanor started and operated Proline Sales, a small family business that marketed a cleaning product through Finnaren and Haley paint stores. In their spare time, he and Eleanor immersed themselves in genealogy and family histories. He always enjoyed sharing what he learned, while helping both family and acquaintances discover how to research their family roots.
In the years following his retirement, he continued to help others with various projects, learned Country Dancing, traveled to various places here and abroad, involved himself in the local Senior Club, and learned/shared magic tricks with his friends, family, and those he met in his daily life.
He is predeceased by his parents, Samuel R. Steward Jr., and Margaret (Widmann) Steward; his wife Eleanor (Lord) Steward who passed away in 1991; his siblings, Charles Steward, Violet Freck, and Janette Bice. He is survived by his son, Eugene Steward, Jr., and his wife Karen; special friend BJ Horner; brother, Samuel Steward and wife Marie; sister, Eloise Perry; grandchildren, Matthew and wife Stefanie, Sarah and husband Alex Bildey, Hannah and husband Jackson Phillips; Nathan, Rebekah, Seth, Christina, and Joanna Steward; Great-granddaughter Heather Steward; as well as many other relatives and dear friends.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, 30 Yardville-Allentown Road in Yardville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Deborah Heart and Lung Foundation, 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015
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