Former West Virginia Mountaineers coach Bill Stewart was honored Thursday in Morgantown, as hundreds made their way through the Morgantown Event Center during a seven-hour viewing. A private Mass will also be held Friday morning at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church before a burial ceremony in his nearby hometown of New Martinsville.
Stewart died at the age of 59 after suffering a heart attack while playing golf on Monday. He was taken to a nearby hospital and announced as having passed very shortly afterward.
From the AP report, one of many who've shared warm memories of Stewart since his passing:
Blake Tasker, 33, a former graduate assistant who worked under Stewart during the 2010 season, called him "genuine'' and the kind of man every father hopes his daughter will date and marry. Stewart was dedicated to his wife, Karen, and their only child, Blaine, and never missed one of his son's football games.
"Even in the middle of seasons, he would go and watch Blaine play. He would take time and get out of the office to go see his son,'' said Tasker, adding his former boss set an example for his players in life.