Patricia G. Stewart, 79 | NewCanaanite.com | Pro Club Bd

Patricia “Pat” (Griffin) Stewart passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on the morning of July 27th, 2022 at the age of 79 after a short illness. Before her death, she was comforted by family and friends at the Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. Pat, the daughter of Evelyn Savage Griffin and George Wortham Griffin, Jr., was born Patricia Evelyn Griffin on July 1stStBorn in New York City, NY in 1943, she spent her early years in Schenectady, NY and Stamford, CT before moving to New Canaan with her family in 1954.

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During her years at New Canaan High School, where she graduated with the Class of 1961 and was voted Prom Queen, Pat, or “Patty” as she was affectionately known, excelled as a student and shared her time with numerous extracurriculars activities on. Pat attended Hollins University where she studied literature, made lifelong friends and graduated with honors. During her junior year, Pat studied abroad as part of the Hollins University Abroad program at the Sorbonne in Paris, an experience that would stay with her throughout her life. After graduating from Hollins in 1965, Pat continued her worldly travels, immersing herself in European arts and culture, working on the Greek line’s cruise ship Queen Anna Maria, and eventually returning to New York City, where she worked on the Upper East Side and a position as deputy editor of Time magazine’s Insider newsletter. In 1967, she married NCHS classmate Lieut. Richard Cooley Stewart in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Pat and Richard moved to Fort Polk, Louisiana, where Richard served in the military police and Pat taught at an underserved elementary school. Pat and Richard moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 1969 where Pat continued her journalism career and joined The Hartford Courant, Connecticut’s largest news organization. Pat contributed numerous articles on issues of local and national importance, rose to the rank of editor and has authored more than two dozen front-page articles (the last of which was published when she was nine months pregnant with her first son, Alex).

Pat and Richard returned to New Canaan in 1973 and moved to their home on Turner Hill Road in 1975, where she served with the PTC for the next two decades, accompanying field trips, attending every play, concert and sporting event, and volunteering at her three sons’ schools in different roles. Later, as a beloved and dedicated member of the Congregational Church of New Canaan, Pat’s warmth and kind spirit touched the lives of so many, serving as a deacon and as a Stephen Minister. Pat selflessly devoted her time and energy to giving back to others and serving her community by volunteering with numerous local organizations and non-profits, including tutoring youth affected by homelessness through Inspirica and volunteering for Safe Horizons from September 11thth Disaster relief and care for vulnerable youth by Domus.

Pat never gave up her love of learning or her passion for literature, culture, music and art. A voracious reader, she led and actively participated in several book groups, including the New Canaan Literature Society, along with many of her dear friends. She was an accomplished intellectual who took courses and lectures on art, history, religion and more at Waveny’s Lapham Community Center. She was an aficionado and lover of the arts, regularly appearing as her own intrepid docent and taking self-guided museum and gallery tours to all corners of Manhattan and other art destinations.

Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be remembered for her intellect, bright smile, kindness and compassion, genuine concern for and interest in the well-being of others, the grace with which she touched the lives of others, especially in difficult times, her wry wit and wit humor, her humility and her indomitable inner strength and tenacity.

Pat leaves behind a large and loving family, including her three sons, Alexander Stewart (Suzanne) of New Canaan, Douglas Stewart (Julia) of New Canaan, and Patrick Stewart (Natika) of Phoenix, MD; and nine grandchildren, George, Meg, Scarlett, Audrey and Griffin of New Canaan; and Henry, Greer, June, and William of Phoenix, MD.

Pat is also survived by her sisters Gail Kincaide (William) of McLean, VA and Suzanne Hale (William) of New Canaan, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, grand-nephews, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law and their cat Coco.

A celebration of Pat’s life will take place on Saturday 3rd Septemberapprox11 a.m., at the New Canaan Congregational Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Staying Put in New Canaan as a show of sympathy.

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