Theodore E. Stewart * April 17, 1944 -- June 22, 2020\nTed loved to share laughter and jokes. He brought quiet, calm wisdom wherever he went and emanated unconditional kindness. Ted was on his usual stroll around the neighborhood on Monday, June 22, 2020 when he collapsed in a rainstorm near home and was not able to be revived. It had been storming on and off that afternoon, and when a neighbor passed Ted on the path he told her "I'm just out for a shower!" Ted lived 76 full years of life. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Shoshana Spiegel, his children Christopher, Abigail, and Megan, with their partners, as well as his grandson Collin.\nTed, the oldest of five, was born in New Brunswick, NJ to Mary Crowley Stewart and Theodore Stewart. His memory is carried on by his siblings Mary P. Johnson and Roger Stewart of New Jersey and many nephews and nieces. Ted's father served in the U.S. Army allowing a unique childhood of living abroad including stints in England and Germany. Inspired by a Boy Scout tour of NBC Studios, Ted became interested in a career in Broadcast Engineering. After graduating high school, he attended RCA Technical Institute and first entered the field at NBC 30 Rock in New York City. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966. He spent a year in Vietnam and then another year at Fort Ord in Monterey, CA driving General Meyers and taking care of his radio communication.\nUpon his honorable discharge, Ted returned to the east coast and resumed his employment at NBC News in NYC as a video editor. He married Sandra Rumford in 1971 and lived on Staten Island, NY where their son Chris was born in 1972. The family moved to Front Royal, VA in 1976 where the marriage ended shortly thereafter. Ted had transferred to the NBC Bureau in Washington, DC where he worked as a video editor for the network and then later for the local news. He met Shana at an Oktoberfest party in November 1977 in Richmond, VA and they married there in 1979 at Maymont Gardens. Ted and Shana made their home in Reston and later Herndon, VA. Abbie came along in 1982 and Meg in 1988. Ted was an amazing father and it was clear that thoughtful involvement with his children was of the utmost importance to him. There were many memorable family vacations including some abroad to Israel and France, as well as camping, beach trips and visits with the grandparents. Family was the highest priority for Ted. He retired in 2009, the timing of which allowed him more frequent trips to New Jersey to be with his parents as their health declined. They subsequently passed away in 2010 and 2011.\nTed was proud of his 42 years at NBC and his work for NABET-CWA Local 31 Union. He charmed and impressed many coworkers with his skills and had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in multiple departments. In addition to his interest in technology and broadcast engineering, Ted loved to fly. He acquired his private pilot's license in 1996 and flew Cessna planes weekly, as a hobby, for many years. Ted explored hang gliding in the '80s and in his later years piloTED gliders as well. After his retirement, he was excited to volunteer at the nearby Udvar-Hazy Center, the annex of the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum, where he could indulge in his passion for aviation and space, sharing it with others so inclined. He especially loved operating the elevator at the museum, his own personal stand-up comedy stage with a captive audience.\nTed was a devoted blood donor for Inova and was very proud of his 18-gallon contribution over the years. He looked forward to the annual blood donor dinner where he was honored with the many others who make this kind of giving a priority. He and Shana were regular participants in their two Jewish congregations, Shoreshim and Am Kolel, and he attended Easter and Christmas Catholic services at St. Joseph's. Ted enjoyed singing with Shana and sharing in the warm community of the Mosaic Harmony Gospel Choir. He was especially pleased with his status as one of the few baritones. After his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease in December of 2017, he joined Rock Steady Boxing and the BIG program to stay fit. He also enjoyed yoga, swimming and walking regularly. While Ted's family is heartbroken by his sudden absence, they are comforted by his presence in spirit through recent rainbows, epic sunsets and late-night firefly displays. Shana, Chris with wife Sara and son Collin, and Abbie with finance Tice gathered at Meg and Ben's homestead north of Richmond over July 4th weekend to plant a curly willow tree with Ted's ashes at its roots as a living tribute to him.\nIf you are interested in making a contribution in Ted's name, these organizations were important to him:\nMosaic Harmony (www.MosaicHarmony.org)\nAm Kolel (www.am-kolel.org)\nNAMI Virginia (www.NAMIVirginia.org)\nNavajo Water Project (www.NavajoWaterProject.org)\nParkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (www.ParkinsonFoundation.org).