Remembering Rick Stewart
Rick Stewart (born February 24, 1971) attended Hickory Cove as a child in the 1980s, and reconnected with Camp in 2009 over the 50th anniversary celebration. Rick served as a summer staff member during 2009-2010 and remained at Camp full-time following the summer of 2010. From that time until April 2013, Rick served in the Camp office as an Administrative Assistant. During the summer, Rick also helped with activities such as archery and zip line, and oversaw the operation of the Trading Post.
As a child, Rick was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Doctors assessed that with the severity of his disorder, Rick would barely reach five years of age. But the Lord had other plans for Rick’s life. Rick handled his condition bravely and did his best to keep it from getting in the way of his work and life.
Toward the beginning of 2013, Rick’s health began to decline steadily. He continued to be faithful in his service at Camp until going into the hospital in March. On April 10, 2013, surrounded by family and friends, Rick peacefully left this world to meet the Lord. The funeral home literally overflowed the following Sunday with the number of people who gathered to remember Rick and the life he lived.
Rick’s testimony is one of God’s faithfulness and what it means to trust in God. Rick’s life was often difficult, but he believed that God was in control and he demonstrated that to everyone around him. He was a great friend and a faithful worker, and while we are glad to know that Rick is no longer suffering, his death leaves an empty space in our hearts. We’re grateful for the many prayers our Camp friends have offered on his behalf, particularly over the last month of his life.
Rick’s family asked that memorials be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 7506 East Independence Blvd., Suite 120, Charlotte, NC 28227, www.cff.org, or to Hickory Cove Bible Camp, www.hickorycove.org/rick-stewart-memorial-fund/. Online condolences may be made at www.mcewenderitachapel.com.