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Sunday, August 21, 2011

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I want to tell you of a real gentleman: "Shorty" Stewart, who had a love for life.

He always seemed happy when I would meet him and always had an interest in veterans and how he could be of help.

He was the main reason I got some fellows together to work for a VA Van, too, wanting to help raise awareness for homeless vets.

Just a couple of years ago, "Shorty" contacted me saying he wanted to help with our Optimist Christmas project, and asked if we could use a few stuffed animals.

Oh, how he surprised me.

He was Santa in disguise as he brought me more than 200 stuffed dolls and animals of all sorts. The kind that children would love.

Kenneth had played those many games for 50 cents, winning all sorts and with some 200-plus, had put them in big black leaf bags and brought them to me one year before Christmas.

That year, children got their pick from so many that some couldn't make up their mind which ones they wanted.

We had so many left over that the Clay Optimist Club gave the remainder to the Knightsville Men's Club, and I understand that what they had left they gave to our local hospital for the children there.

So you see, and know, that there is and was only one gentleman named Kenneth "Shorty" Stewart, whom had worked many years, retired and still was active enough to want to be in contact with people and loved to visit while working at our local Pizza Hut.

I salute you, Kenneth "Shorty" Stewart. A real gentleman. I shall long remember.