"When he came here to New Martinsville, he was swarmed; all the time. He'd come to our church to attend mass on Saturday evenings and it was like that," Cisar said.
The father of four sons including two-time Kennedy Award-winning quarterback Mark Cisar, the former Blue Eagle coach said the loss sustained by the Stewart family is what troubles him most.
"Bill was a great person and has a great family. I feel bad for his son. His dad was his best friend," Cisar said. "They were very close, especially after all that went down (in Morgantown) when he stepped down."
Stewart's son, Blaine Stewart, is a junior quarterback at Morgantown High School.
The town's support of the former coach never waned, even after his controversial resignation in 2011.
"As a community, we are understandably sad," said Wetzel Chronicle Editor and 1990 Magnolia graduate Amy Witschey.
"I've heard it said a few times today that Bill Stewart died of a broken heart. I think that's true. Our hearts are all a bit broken, too, at hearing the news of his death."
Witschey called Stewart "New Martinsville's biggest cheerleader. He made us all so proud."
Blum added that his legacy as it applied to his hometown will be one that reminds future generations to stay true to themselves.
"For those of us who knew him as a young man and then as he grew into a professional position, he was a person who never changed," Blum said. "He was always thoughtful, kind and generous with his time.
"He was a true son of New Martinsville."
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