Stewart Craig Markley

September 13, 1952 - September 04, 2021


Stew lived his life to the fullest every single day. He was a selfless family man who adored his daughter, Jennie, and his three grandchildren – Milena, and twins Joseph and Dominick Modugno. Stew and his wife Janice have been married 47 years and were always so proud and happy to tell the story of how they met in Virginia Beach. Stew was stationed in Newport News, VA while his boat was being overhauled for two years. They married 7 months after they met.

He put endless effort into his hobbies and careers, always thinking outside the box. His last job was at QDS Manufacturing in Shelton, CT working on guitar pedals. He would have paid them to work there.

His submarine service on the USS Alexander Hamilton from 1970 – 1976 was an extraordinary time of his life which turned him into one extremely proud veteran.
How fitting two VFW vets did the honors at his funeral here in PA, one fellow was 84 years old. The flag was presented to his son-in-law Mike Modugno, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq who always was there for him and of whom he was extremely proud.

We couldn’t have known he was living a miracle but it turned out he was blessed to live almost 6 years after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2016. He really lived very well and active during this gift of time and got to make a treasure trove of memories for his grandchildren. We will always be so grateful to all the doctors, nurses and so many other caring, dedicated people and teams at two VA hospitals, West Haven CT and Pittsburgh PA.

He leaves behind a legacy of love, comfort and kindness which he shared freely with his cherished friends and family who include sister-in-laws, brother-in-law, uncles and aunts and many nieces and nephews and cousins. A young man named Brian Baker, the son of his long time friend, Darrell, was a person he loved and admired and a true inspiration to him. Stew was predeceased by his younger brother, Sterling Markley, who he loved very deeply and who shared Stew’s brave and loving spirit.
Stew was a beloved man who lived his life giving and lifting up those around him. More than one doctor said he changed them and the way they will practice medicine for the rest of their lives. ‘WHERE THERE IS HOPE, THERE IS FAITH, WHERE THERE IS FAITH MIRACLES HAPPEN!’ This quote sums up his well-lived, blessed life.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on October 9 at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Lunch will be served in the parish hall immediately following.

Donations can be made in Stew’s memory to the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research. (Https://

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  • Gerry Callshan

    Great getting to know Stew and spending time with him at Indian Princesses – remembering all the good times camping out. He was always a happy camper!


    Happy trails, Stu.
    An unappreciated sincerely good person, always had a smile to go with that friendly, rumbling voice.


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