BOX OF TREASURES – Haida artist Holly Churchill, of Ketchikan, shows Sitka High School senior Myles Magie a weaving technique on a cedar bark basket Wednesday in the Sitka High art room. Churchill finished a three-week residency today sponsored by the Sitka School District and Sealaska Heritage Institute's Sharing Our Box of Treasures" program. Her residency included work in the high school's new dual-credit program with UAS, the Northwest Coast Arts class, and sessions with Blatchley Middle School and the Sitka Native Education Program Culture Class. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Chester “Corky” Stewart

Chester “Corky” Stewart, 76, lost his battle with cancer on July 9, 2014. He was surrounded by family who loved him dearly.
A celebration of life will be held at the Sitka Moose Lodge on July 25,  from 5 to 7 p.m.
Corky was born in Silsbee, Texas, July 3, 1938, as his family was passing through. He spent his youthful years in southern Oregon until he followed his dream in 1959 and headed for Southeast Alaska.
Corky worked at the Ketchikan Pulp Mill until he was able to pursue his passion and became a commercial fisherman. He subscribed to the simple life where he loved to drift and dream. He also enjoyed having his family around – so much so the entire family lived aboard and commercial fished with him in the early years.
The twinkle in his eye was always the brightest when he was surrounded by his grandchildren, whom he adored.
“Our family lost a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” a family member wrote.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Angus Oscar and Martha Bell Stewart; his brother Angus “Bud” Stewart; and sisters, Blanch Rughaford, Wanita Vest, Lois Metzer and Edna Schaze.
Corky is survived by his son, Jeff Stewart; his daughters Dianne Blumer (Doug), Jenette Matlock (Eric) and Kari Wheeler (Dave); and his brother Jack Stewart (Sharon).
He is also survived by his grand- children, Jayme, Dustin, Jeff, Shaley, Skylar, Brady, Wesley, Jessica, Karlee and Ficher; and great-grandchildren, Jager, Saelyr, Hudson, Scout, Kyla, Kira and Kason.
Corky was a longtime member of the Sitka Moose Lodge #1350 where you would often find him among friends with a cup of coffee telling fish stories.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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