Stewart Cross was born in San Francisco on Dec. 5, 1941. He was the second son of Edwin Curtis Cross and Stephanie Smith Cross. He married Christine Hawkins Cross on Feb. 19, 2002.
Stewart was a traveling man. At the age of 6, Stewart’s parents bought a 40-foot sailboat and, along with 8-year-old brother Curtis, sailed down the Mississippi, across the Atlantic, and lived on the boat in the Caribbean for four years.
Stewart graduated from Oakland High School in 1960 before attending City College. Years later he took a Greyhound bus across the country to New York City to hop a plane and begin a four-year motorcycle journey and tour throughout Europe, working in the winters in Germany. He returned to San Francisco and began his career as a shower glass entrepreneur in 1977 when he and partner George Walker acquired California Shower Door. In 1988 Stewart became sole owner and CEO of California Shower Door Corp. and additionally created the Majestic Shower Co., where he developed several patents and manufactured high-end shower enclosures that sold internationally. In 2004 Stewart created an ESOP and sold the company to his employees for their efforts over the years to help make California Shower Door a success.
A longtime resident of Pacifica, Calif., Stewart was very active in politics, including his service as a Planning Commissioner from 1980-1990. He was a member of the Transportation and Safety Committee, Sharp Park Improvement Council, Pacifica Historical Society and Pacifica Arts and Heritage Council. He was a Pacifica Rotarian for 25 years and continued his 40-year membership with Rotary in Palm Springs, Calif.
Stewart was an avid tennis player and enthusiast and a great pool player. He and Christine moved to Palm Springs in 2004 where they had lots of parties and developed many friendships at the O’Donnell Golf Club. They traveled extensively in their RV throughout the western half of the United States, Canada and Alaska and spent many years cruising around the world.
Stewart passed away Oct. 31, 2020, at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer. He was a wonderful husband, friend and human being and will be remembered for his kindness and never saying anything bad or critical of anyone. He will be dearly missed by all. At this time there will not be a gathering. Any contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.