Stewart William Dotson Jr., 63, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec.19, 2010 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Stewart was born in Racine, W.V. on July 5, 1947 to Stewart W. Sr. and Clara Alice (Hughes) Dotson.

Stewart grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Sherman High School, Seth, W.V. After serving his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, he then worked for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier in Connecticut for more than 33 years.

Stewart then retired and moved to Maine where he enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting with his sons. Stewart was a family man who loved to be with and watch his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to all.

Stewart is survived by his loving wife Joan E. (Fitzpatrick) Dotson of Winterport; his children, Stewart W. Dotson and wife, Veronica, of Naugatuck, Conn., Jonathan Dotson and wife, Laura, of Branford, Conn., Missy Scott and husband, Robert, of Clinton, Conn.; stepchildren, Cindy Esposito and husband, Al, of Hamden, Conn., Melissa Carlson and spouse Tyler of West Haven, Conn., Christina Butler and her fiancé Justin of West Haven, Conn., and Nicholas Fitzpatrick of Winterport; grandchildren, Ashley, Rebecca, Evan, Becca, Rachelle, Abby and Tori; brothers, Kermit, Mickey, and Raven; a sister, Faye Butcher; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Stewart was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Claude; and sisters, Lula Bradshaw, Betty Butcher, Bertha Burgess and Cookie Morris.

Family and friends may visit Wednesday, Dec. 22, from 4-7 p.m. at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. at Frankfort Congregational Church, Main Street, Frankfort with Pastor Tim Hall officiating.

Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through hampdengilpatrick.com.