Stuart Decker Dyer, 92, who lived a full, healthy life, died peacefully at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community on Saturday August 17, 2019.
Stuart was born on July 18, 1927 in New Britain, Connecticut, to Herbert Arthur Dyer and Dorothy Decker Dyer. He proudly served his country at the close of WWII in the occupying forces of the United States Army in Marburg, Germany, and later graduated from Earlham College, where he met his beloved wife, Lucy Warrick. Most of his adult working life Stuart lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, operating his hardware supply business, Craft Sales. Stuart and Lucy raised their four children in New Orleans.
Stuart had many hobbies and interests, including blacksmithing and other metalwork, and loved to learn and read, especially about current events and history. He had an impressively broad base of knowledge and enjoyed wide-ranging conversations with family and friends. Throughout his life Stuart was active in church communities; he volunteered in several official and unofficial capacities at both the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans and St. Matthews Episcopal Church of Hillsborough, NC.
Stuart is survived by his children: Elizabeth Stuart Dyer (Art Mines) of Ocracoke Island, NC, Stuart Timothy Dyer of Saxapahaw, NC, and Susan Dyer O’Connor (Mark O’Connor) of Arlington, VA.
Stuart is also survived by his grandchildren: Thatcher Mines (Reetta Ranta), Simon Mines (Sara Falvey), Levi Mines (Brandi Bridges), Hannah Hannweg, Cait O’Connor, Daniel O’Connor, Frances O’Connor, Lucy O’Connor, and James O’Connor; 5 great-grandsons: Vertti Eskolin, Pyry Eskolin, Paju Mines, Landon Mines, and Roland Mines; his sister, Dorothy Dyer Bennett; his niece, Leigh Bennett. Stuart’s “family” included many other beloved people. Barbara Descisciolo was a special light in his life.
Stuart was predeceased by his wife, Lucy Warrick Dyer; his son, Douglas Dyer; his brother, Kimball Dyer; and his daughter-in-law, Brigid Keeley.
Stuart tolerated all the difficulties at the end of his life with tremendous grace, and we will always remember him as a generous, charming, and loving man.
We wish to thank the wonderful staff at The Pavilion of Croasdaile Retirement Village for their warmth and professional expertise in caring for Stuart during these past few weeks.
A service to honor Stuart’s life will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 210 Saint Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278 on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 2pm.