SANGERVILLE – James L. Stewart, 74, died Sept. 21, 2006, at his home in Sangerville. He was born July 5, 1932, in Guilford, a son of Joseph and Doris (Rogers) Stewart. He worked for Guilford Industries starting at the age of 16, and worked at many of the textile mills throughout New England, including Ski-land Textile Mill, Clinton, where he was a superintendent; Faulkner Textile, North Billerica, Mass.; and Mastex Textile, Holyoke, Mass., where he became a master designer. After retiring from the textile mills, he served as a consultant for several years. Also after retirement, James was involved full-time with the Community Support Program, Holyoke, Mass., working with schizophrenic addicts. For many years he was involved with Boy Scout Troop 117 in Guilford, and became an Eagle Scout, attending the “Gathering of Eagles” in Eddington in 2001. He was honored with recognition in Who’s Who in American business, and was a member of Abner Wade Masonic Lodge, Sangerville and the Anah Temple Shrine, Bangor. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Dow) Stewart of Sangerville; two sons, Richard H. Stewart of Massachusetts and Lawrence A. and Kristina Stewart of Wayne; a daughter, Kathleen Stewart Phelps of Winslow; six stepchildren, Macy and Nancy Gardner, Martin and Rhonda Taylor, Andrew and Tina Taylor, Rod S. Willey and Heather, Kelly D. Taylor and Jacqueline and Bennett Watt; six grandchildren, Jessica Phelps, Tyler and Neil Stewart, Matthew and Chase Stewart, Michael Rankin; several stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren, Mandy, Kieara and Gage Garland; one brother, Alan F. Stewart and his wife, Robin, of Washington; several nieces and nephews. James was predeceased by his first wife, Marilyn (Harrington) Stewart; a son, Frederick H. Stewart; and a daughter, Robin Rankin. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 21 Oak St., Guilford, where a Masonic service will be held 7 p.m. A funeral service will take place 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be after the service at Elmwood Cemetery, Guilford. To sign an online guest book, please go to