Stewart A. Bain, real estate broker

Stewart A. Bain, a retired real estate broker and World War II veteran, died Dec. 16 of congestive heart failure at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson.

The former longtime Catonsville resident was 91.

Stewart Angus Bain was born in Boston and raised in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a dental technician aboard the USS Relief, a hospital ship in the South Pacific, where he helped care for the wounded.

After the war, he enrolled at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1950.

He went to work in 1951 for Esso Oil Co., which later became Exxon, where he spent 25 years of his 36-year career in the company's real estate department.

Soon after starting his career at Esso, he met Phyllis Beach at a dance, and the couple married in 1954.

They later were transferred to Delaware and then Catonsville, where they lived for many years until moving to the Towson retirement community in 2009. Mrs. Bain died in January.

Mr. Bain's professional memberships included the American Right of Way Association.

Mr. Bain, who was an accomplished storyteller, also enjoyed dancing with his wife. The couple, who were world travelers, also liked traveling throughout the United States and spending winters in Florida.

They also spent time at their Ocean City condominium, where Mr. Bain enjoyed swimming and body surfing until he was in his 80s.

He had been an active member and elder at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. He was also a district governor of Toastmasters International and a founding member of the Newark, Del., Lions Club.

Mr. Bain was a member of the Masonic Delta Lodge, Wilmington Consistory and the Boumi Temple.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.

Surviving are three daughters, Leslie Schwabe of Baldwin, Alison Zuzak of Ellicott City and Pamela Emert of Woodbridge, Va.; six grandchildren; and special friend and caregiver Marilyn Peterkin of Towson.

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