Graveside inurnment for Stuart B. (Stu) Harwood, 62, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Friday, October 1, 2021, at Oak Hill Cemetery.
He died at home Sept 17th of an apparent heart attack.
Stuart was born April 12th 1959 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital to Winston B Harwood and Harriet Ruth Harwood (Reisner).
He was preceded in death by both parents, a brother, Kevin Scott Harwood and his beloved pooch Miss Murphy.
He is survived by two brothers, Robert W. Harwood, Douglas E. Harwood and wife Laura Lee of Lawrence, as well as their children, niece, Allison M. Harwood, Mission Ks. and Shawn Harwood of Lawrence. A sister, Harriet J. Harwood of Dallas. Nephews Samuel L. Harwood and wife Jennica Wessels Harwood and nephews Bennett, Beckham, Bowen and a niece, Ellison Harwood. All of Lawrence. And another niece Haley G. Harwood, and sister in law Susan Harwood both of Shawnee, Ks.
Visitation will be from 12 noon to 1;45 P.M. at the funeral home with graveside services to follow At Oak Hill Cemetery . A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the graveside service at Empire, 925 Iowa Suite ‘P’. In the Hillcrest Shopping center. Light food will be served along with a cash bar. Time will be provided for friends and family to share good memories and ‘Stu’ Stories during this time. (He would tell one on you and he would appreciate the same in return from the many who loved and shared many an adventure and laugh with him.)
Stuart received a Bachelors Degree of General Studies form Kansas University. He later returned to K.U. and earned a second degree in Communications. Stu owned and operated Stu’s Midtown Tavern in the Hillcrest Shopping Center as a premier Blues and Jazz venue for more than 10 years. Prior to that he managed the family business, Harwood’s Inc. Stuart was one of a number of original organizers of the Lawrence St Patricks’ Day Parade. He was a volunteer for Headquarters Crisis Center for a time. He had a gift for hearing other peoples problems from their heart to his. He was an intense Kansas University of Kansas fan and Alumni. Loyal no matter how things were going in the sports world.
Stuart received many awards from local civic and non profit organizations for his many contributions’ here in Lawrence. He was a longtime member of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and served as an Envoy to the Chamber for a time. Stu rarely met a stranger. He drew energy, strength and purpose from those around him. Stuart will be sorely missed by his family and many, many, friends. If you are unable to attend the visitation and grave side service, PLEASE stop by Empire after services to say hello and have a bite to eat and a drink in his memory..
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Humane Society, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.
Messages & Condolences
Peace be with you Stu….
We had some fun in the old days..
at our class of 1977 reunions..
You and your family will be in my prayers.
Sorry for your loss Doug, Bob, Harriet, and all of the Harwoods.
Thanks for always being my friend – always smiling – you were one of a kind – you will always have a place in my heart – tell Michael I still miss him. Condolences to his family and friends.
I am so sorry to hear this and my heartfelt condolences to Stu’s family and others who cared about him. Stu was such a nice guy and it was genuine. He will be missed.
I got to know Stu when he was tending bar at the Jet Lag 20 some years ago. He was always there to lend an ear when I was down. He’d lift my spirits. I’ll miss seeing him around. Sending my prayers and love.
“May the high road meet you” Gracie
Stu, I had a lot of great times working with you and just hanging out with you. You will always be missed my friend. Love and prayers to the family.
I will miss you my dear friend and our weekly calls. Til we meet again, rest in Paradise.
I’m so glad to have had Stuart in my life. I remember the “neighborhood get togethers” back in the day but I will especially miss the friendship we’ve had in recent years. He was my close neighbor and I’ll miss seeing him on a nearly daily basis, listening to his crazy stories, riding along with me to run errands, his frequent phone calls and just seeing him wave as he walked by my patio or at the mailbox. He was a good guy with a huge heart. Sincere condolences to all his family and loved ones! Lana Christie-(Hayes)
Oh Stuwie…..So much fun and laughter with you and the gang at the Jet Lag and Stus Midtown. Thanks for the memories. Happy Trails my friend. Condolences to all his family and friends.
Many cherished memories from childhood and through life. People probably don’t know he invented a game called “Cars and Money” and it was a blast. Many Monopoly game nights. We used to rake in Halloween candy, and eat it through the winter while we played Monopoly. Many fun nights in the Harwood basement. Stu was a great friend and his humor was infectious. You’ll be missed my friend.
Many fun times with Stu at the Jet Lag and later at Stu’s Place while Steve played in the Billy Spears Band. Steve and I started doing “The Stu” a dance that mimicked him which brought on his infectious laugh that several have already mentioned. Our sympathy to the family.
I’m so sorry Doug, Bob, Harriet, and all of the Harwoods. Too young. Too young.
I sat withStuart and friends at the class of 1979 reunion football game. It is shocking that he is gone. Love, hugs, and condolences.
The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of Stuart is his boisterous sense of humor & his infectious laugh. He had a heart of gold and anyone who was lucky enough to be his friend knows that. I am celebrating all of the wonderful times I had with Stuart over the years. Sending so much love to you Doug and to the rest of your family.
So many great memories from Jet Lag/Stu’s Midtown Tavern. He will be missed by so many. My condolences to his friends and family.
Bob and family, we are so sorry to hear of Stu’s passing. Lots of fun memories from back in the Stu’s Place/Jet Lag days. Sending our condolences to all.
Sadness when I read the passing of Stu…
Good times at the Jet Lag and Good times at Stu’s Place
May God give you…
For every storm.. A rainbow
For every tear… A smile
For every care .. A Promise
And a blessing for every trial..
Rest easy Stu.. Keep a eye on us down here…
When I think of Stu, I smile. Remembering the fun times in the 80’s – KU football games, Lied Center concerts, and running for our lives through the haunted houses in KC. His infectious laugh and outgoing nature will be remembered by many. My sincerest sympathy to his family and friends. I’ll miss you Stuey.
Another one of the Hillcrest neighborhood gang gone before his time. Absent from this earth but, always with us in our hearts.
Oh, Stuburger. I don’t know where to begin, except that he will be missed. Especially that laugh. Condolences to family.
My deepest sympathy to his family and all of those who loved him.
Condolences family and friends, he was a good friend to me.
Stuart was my good and constant lifelong friend. I am shocked, saddened and overwhelmed with a sense of guilt that I did not see him again before he passed – too busy with my own life to think of my old friend. He had a beautiful heart and will be remembered.
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