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REMEMBERING BILL STEWART
(Senate - May 24, 2012)

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                        REMEMBERING BILL STEWART

  Mr. MANCHIN. Mr. President, before I speak today about the bill 
before us, I want to commemorate the life of a dear friend and a true 
West Virginian, Bill Stewart.
  Bill was taken from us 2 days ago at the age of 59, but he left 
behind a lifetime of memories and love for our State.
  Bill Stewart was a proud West Virginian in every sense of the word, 
and he was the best cheerleader this State ever had. Whether it was 
playing ball at Fairmont State--where I first met him--or coaching West 
Virginia University to a Fiesta Bowl win--where he took an underdog 
team to a thrilling victory--you never had to worry about Bill's 
enthusiasm; he had enough for all of us. In fact, you were either a 
friend of Bill Stewart's or he hadn't met you yet.
  Bill was raised in New Martinsville and was a West Virginian through-
and- through. Countless young men thrived under his coaching, but he 
was also truly dedicated to his family--his wife Karen and his son 
Blaine. I hope Karen and Blaine know just how much Bill meant to the 
people of our State, how much we loved him and how much we all will 
miss him.

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  My wife Gayle and I will keep Bill's entire family in our thoughts 
and prayers.

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