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Alphonso William C. Steward, III
March 15, 1957 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Dr. Alphonso “Al” W.C. Steward III, passed away peacefully at the age of 66, near his home in Montgomery, Alabama on January 12th. He was surrounded by his loving family as he transitioned. Dr Steward was a graduate of Tuskegee University, having earned his D.V.M. In 1991. Before beginning his veterinary journey, Al proudly served in the United States Air Force. He was raised in Las Vegas and Alabama, eventually settling in Montgomery. He is survived by his Mother Gladys Gardner, his wife of nearly 40 years Judy, sisters Muriel, Regina, and Karen, his sons David and Richard, his grandchildren Roman, Wells and Annabelle, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
In life, Al was a man of many talents. He had nearly as many nicknames as he had skills, depending on who you spoke to they knew him not just by his given name, but you might hear him called “Stuffy”, or ”Cosmo”. He spent decades as an avid tennis player, he was extremely well-read and loved his music. Aside from his family and friends there was nothing that Dr.Steward loved more than taking care of animals, large and small. In addition to having a practice in Tallapoosa, Georgia for many years, he travelled the Southeast as a Veterinarian, and was always available to help any animal in need.
Dr. Steward was always quick with a joke, often calling his sons and even his grandchildren to share a new one that he had come up with. His humor was a glimpse inside his head and his quirky, creative way of thinking. He was as likely to quote a classic movie as he was an entry from one of the very technical books he would collect and read. In his tennis days, he maintained his independent spirit, continuing to collect and play with only wooden racquets, despite the fact that he would have likely benefited from using newer equipment. He taught his sons how to have fun with whatever was on hand, building toy hot air balloons from tissue paper and helping them set up their fishing rods or make bike repairs when they were young. Al enjoyed his time outdoors, and loved to canoe and fish, and he hunted for many years. His once-failed attempt at making venison jerky, by drying it in the attic of the family home, was indicative of how he was willing to try anything…especially if he could find guidance in a book somewhere.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Al’s name to the American Society for Protection of Animals. Honor Gifts | ASPCA
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