Five generations gather for photo

Posted Sept. 28, 2010, at 12:19 a.m.

ORRINGTON, Maine — T. Alton Stewart was born in Nova Scotia in 1910, moved in 1947 to Brewer, where he became a pastor and worked as a carpenter building homes, and then headed south to Florida 20 years later.

He returned to the area on Saturday to take a five-generation photo with his new great-great-grandson, Tanner McClure, who came into the world in May.

“The big family reunion was at his 100th birthday in March, and [Tanner] had not been born,” so a trip to Maine was planned, said his daughter Muriel Ouellette, who lives in Pittsfield.

The photo shoot was at the Orrington home of his granddaughter Darlene Veillete. The photo included Stewart, 100, Ouellette, 66, Veillete, 46, his great-granddaughter Leah Cameron, 25, and great-great-grandson Tanner McClure, 4 months. Cameron and McClure live in Bangor.

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Stewart was naturalized as a citizen in 1949 and became the pastor for the Brewer Gospel Tabernacle Church on Main Street in Brewer, Veillete said.

“He went on to build and pastor a new church at the Parkway South location in Brewer until he retired from that church in the mid-60s,” she said in an e-mail. “From there, he was the pastor for a church in the Old Town area until he moved to Clearwater, Fla., in 1969.”

Stewart also worked as a carpenter and had a hand in building a number of Brewer homes, Veillete said.

In Florida, he worked as an interim pastor and taught Sunday school at a Baptist church near Clearwater. Stewart now lives in Medway, Mass., and continues to be an active church member, his daughter said.

“He goes to church every Sunday,” Ouellette said.

The family members had a lot of fun on Saturday setting up and posing for the photos, Veillete said.

“He does really well for his age,” she said. “It was great.”

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