Stew­art Christo­pher Guy

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EAS­TON — Stew­art Christo­pher Guy of Eas­ton died on Fri­day, Nov. 2, 2018, sur­rounded by his fam­ily. He was 65.

Born on Jan. 16, 1953, in Nas­sawa­dox, Va., he was the son of Bil­lye Farmer Guy and the late Wil­liam Peter Guy.

Upon grad­u­at­ing high school, he joined the Army, traded Del­marva marshes for Bavar­ian bar­racks and spent two years guard­ing nu­clear-armed Nike Her­cules mis­siles in West Ger­many. His Eu­ro­pean tour con­cluded, he moved to Rich­mond to at­tend Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­sity.

Once there, he rekin­dled an old flame with a young woman he’d never quite for­got­ten. The two would marry on June 20, 1981.

Be­fore long he dis­cov­ered his true call­ing — as an hon­est-to-god news­pa­per man. In news­rooms across Vir­ginia and Mary­land, he won sev­eral awards for his writ­ing, earned a rep­u­ta­tion as a damn good jour­nal­ist and at­tached his name to over 1,000 by­lines at the

Bal­ti­more Sun alone. Hum­ble to a fault, he was great writer. “Pow­dery gray dust clouds rise around her

an­kles with each foot­step, then hang and drift on the breeze as Trinidad To­var To­var bus­tles about the bare dirt yard out­side the con­crete and cin­derblock house she shares with her three grown sons and their fam­i­lies. Nearby, a list­less menagerie of chick­ens, goats, a burro and two scrawny dogs waits for a hand­out,” went one of his patently stel­lar ledes.

Of his countless sto­ries, the finest ones all cen­tered on the tiny stretch of land where he, a na­tive Eastern Shore­man, spent most of his life. As a staff writer cov­er­ing the Del­marva penin­sula, there was no bet­ter chron­i­cler of the re­gion’s in­dus­tries, peo­ple and towns, and no big­ger cham­pion of its unique beauty and charm.

He loved to torture his wife and chil­dren with un­re­quested ren­di­tions of his fa­vorite songs. Al­ways per­formed solo and a capella, his oeu­vre in­cluded Merle Hag­gard, Steve Earle and the oc­ca­sional nod to Thin Lizzy. Lest his boys ne­glect to re­mem­ber, he was quick to re­mind them that ”if that chick don’t wanna know, for­get her.”

He pas­sion­ately fol­lowed UVA bas­ket­ball, Ori­oles base­ball and Haver­ford Col­lege lacrosse.

He adored talk­ing pol­i­tics with his fam­ily and friends, and never let a good punch­line pass him by. There was lit­tle he en­joyed more than stand­ing in the drive­way — the air crisp, the leaves or­ange, yel­low, brown— and lis­ten­ing as the geese flew by over­head.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Melissa GrimesGuy of Eas­ton; his sons, Alexan­der Guy of Paris, France, and Dy­lan Guy of Brook­lyn, N.Y. He is also sur­vived by his mother, Bil­lye Guy; his brother, Bill Guy; and his sis­ters, Beth McGloth­lin and Su­san Morey, all of Melfa, Va.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Chris’s Life is to be held on Satur­day, Nov. 17, at the Third Haven Friends Meet­ing House in Eas­ton at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions can be made to the Lewy Body De­men­tia As­so­ci­a­tion at https:// www.lbda.org/do­nate.

STEW­ART CHRISTO­PHER GUY

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