I have said in the recent past that although quite diverse as personalities we folks here are a community because our love for the photography is common amongst us. Well, I wanted to add that we all are finite too and it comes a moment that our roll of film ends or our battery dies. The circumstances I have known of Stuart's death are a private matter. I know that a close friend of his, Michael, known as "cameraman" will miss him a lot. I know of Stuart's work and although I have never commented on his pictures I did appreciate his work. I can not attend his funeral but you may consider it. I have bid him farewell though in this way:
In this quiet and cold night let me bid you farewell with the words of Oscar Niemeyer, the great Brasilian architect, designer of the city of Brasilia and the UN district in NY (among others; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oscar_Niemeyer_works ) who passed away a few days ago in old age: "When they ask me if the idea of people admiring my work in future, when I will be deseased, pleases me, I remind them that these people, too, will pass away at some time. Everything has a beginning and an end. I have. You have. Architecture has [an end]. We must try for the best, yet remain humble. Nothing lasts for ever."
Monuments or miniatures we all contribute to the human civilization.
May your Soul Rest in Peace.