John Todd Stewart Jr., 89, bank executive

John T. Stewart Jr.
John T. Stewart Jr.
Posted: July 16, 2014

John Todd Stewart Jr., 89, of Blue Bell, a former executive with Fidelity Bank, died Thursday, July 3, at Normandy Farms Retirement Community.

Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Stewart grew up in Butler, Pa., and graduated from Butler Public High School in 1941. At age 16, he enrolled in Harvard College, where he was a member of the crew team. He graduated in 1944.

He completed a law degree in 1948 at Yale School of Law, with a focus on banking. After graduating, Mr. Stewart worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He was a member of the Ohio Bar Association.

In 1952, he married Catharine Maclary of Milton, Mass.

"They met in church holding a hymnal. He recognized her Wellesley ring," said his daughter Janet Stewart Blynn. Ever after, he would say: "Keep going to church because you never know who you're going to hold a hymnal with."

The two moved to Wayne, where they lived for 43 years and raised a family.

In 1954, Mr. Stewart joined the trust department of Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia. He settled estates and administered trusts, becoming a vice president in 1978. He retired in 1990.

He handled many of the old Main Line family estates. His family described him as "highly regarded and a valued employee of Fidelity for 36 years."

While with the bank on South Broad Street, Mr. Stewart, a collector, would display his treasures - optical items or campaign buttons, whatever was timely - in a glass case in the lobby for visitors and bank workers to enjoy. "It was amazing, legendary," his daughter said of the display.

Mr. Stewart served as a community volunteer throughout his life. He was a member of the Radnor Township School District Board of Directors, treasurer for the Radnor Historical Society in Wayne, and judge of elections in Radnor's First Ward.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia, and a Mason. He also served as an elder of Great Valley Presbyterian Church, in Tredyffrin, and as a trustee of Eastern University for 29 years ending in 2003.

Besides his wife and daughter, Mr. Stewart is survived by a son, David Maclary Stewart, and four grandchildren.

Services were private.

Donations may be made to ACTS Mission Foundation, Box 90, 375 Morris Rd., West Point, Pa. 19486.


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