Robert S. “Stewart” Howard Jr., 53, entered this world Dec. 20, 1965, and passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was a husband, father, son, brother and friend to many.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 29 years, Darlene; children, Robert Stewart III (Avery) and Cecelia; father, Robert Stewart Sr.; mother, Sadie Rose Howard; three sisters, Debbie (Fabin), Donna (Danny) and Pam (Odean); and a host of nieces, nephews and other family.
Stewart Howard was born in Norfolk and grew up in Kempsville. He graduated from Kempsville High School in 1984 and attended Tidewater Central Church of the Nazarene. Stewart worked with his father at their family business, Triple HHH Builders, remodeling homes across the city. He also dedicated 18 years to Chrysler Museum of Art as the director of operations. Stewart spent the last 15 years dedicated to his work at Norfolk Academy as director of buildings and grounds.
Outside of work, Stewart enjoyed cooking and entertaining his friends and family. Through his business, Over the Top Catering, he was able to share his passion for food. Stewart could often be found at the lacrosse field or softball field supporting his kids as he and Darlene were their biggest fans.
In recent years, Stewart found peace and relaxation at a family lake house in Lake Gaston, where he relished in family time, laughter, and, of course, cooking. These are the memories he has left for his loved ones to cherish.
Viewing will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 2, at Tidewater Central Church of the Nazarene, 5514 Parliament Drive, Virginia Beach. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, off of Newtown Road. Immediately following the interment, Norfolk Academy will host a light comfort meal for family, friends and colleagues to honor the life of Stewart at Norfolk Academy, 1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk.
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