Wilfred (Doug) Douglas Stewart
April 08 1938 - July 10 2016 - Age 78

Wilfred Douglas Stewart, affectionately known as Doug, of Las Vegas, Nevada was born on April 8, 1938 to Wilfred and Irene Stewart in Paterson, NJ, who preceded him in death as well as, his only sibling David.

He attended the Paterson Public Schools and went on to obtain a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He served in the US Army in Germany and when he returned to Paterson, NJ he joined the New Jersey Bank as an Assistant Cashier. His Banking career continued for over ten years becoming New Jersey Bank's first African American Officer.

His next venture was becoming the owner of his own meat packing business. He later became Administrator at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, which he attended from childhood. He was appointed as a Commissioner on the Board of Finance and Fire and Police for the City of Paterson. He was hired by the City of Paterson within the Department of Community Development, Division of Housing. He went on to become the Director of Real Estate and Assessment, which prompted him to become a Certified Tax Assessor.

In January 1988, at the request of James Usry, Atlantic City's first Black Mayor, Stewart became the City's Tax Assessor, a position he held until retirement in October 2004. He was involved in many civic activities and organizations. He was a Founder and member of the New Jersey Ski Club. He also was a member of the Atlantic City Rotary Club for 26 years, which he served as President in 2002.

He saw new horizons when he met the love of his life Norma Savoy. They were united in marriage in 1971, which lasted for 45 years. Their family included their Daughter Giselle and Granddaughter Tabia. After his retirement, Doug and Norma relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada.

He suffered a massive stroke in January, 2005 but that did not prevent him from enjoying his life! They traveled a lot including a cruise to Alaska.

His greatest pleasures were going to shows, dinner and Casinos to play Black Jack. Doug succumbed to his illness on Sunday July 10, 2016. Left to honor his memory is his wife Norma, Daughter Giselle, Granddaughter Tabia, and a host of relatives, friends and God children. He will surely be missed by all!

Las Vegas, NV (current)
Paterson, NJ (birthplace)

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