Grant Stewart, president and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen, dies at age 60
Academy Award winning projector screen manufacturer Stewart Filmscreen announced the passing of its longtime president and CEO, Grant Stewart, this week. Stewart died the morning of Tuesday, October 27 after a long and private battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.
Stewart is survived by his wife Mary—who will retain ownership of the company—their two children, his father Pat, and the rest of the Stewart family. “Grant will be sorely missed by many in both his personal life and the AV industry,” Don Stewart, Stewart Filmscreen Chief Technology Officer and Grant’s cousin, said in a statement.
Grant, a third-generation leader of Stewart Filmscreen, was the grandson of Stewart Filmscreen Founder Roy Stewart. Under Grant’s leadership, the company developed groundbreaking products like the Director’s Choice line of screens, the award-winning LuminEsse “edgeless” rigid front projection system, and the Cima line. Stewart Filmscreen also launched a redesigned website under Grant’s tenure that is designed to make it easier for commercial and residential integrators to specify the right screen for their job.
Stewart Filmscreen said Grant’s cousins Tom and Don Stewart will work closely with Mary to guide the day-to-day operations of the company, and ensure the company continues to provide the “highest quality projection screen solutions.”
“During this difficult time, we would like to thank all our employees, reps, dealers, and supporters for their many years of devotion to the Stewart product line and to the Stewart family, in particular,” said Don Stewart. “Tusday was a sad day in our company’s history. We have lost a great leader, an innovator in the industry, a devoted family member, and a close friend. We ask you to please keep Grant’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through the grieving process.”
At the time of their statement, a public memorial service had not been planned. And in lieu of flowers and other sentiments, Stewart Filmscreen said contributions can be made in Grant Stewart’s name to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston or to the U.S. Biathlon Team in New Gloucester, Maine.