A private funeral Mass for family, close friends, coaches and former players will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.
The funeral procession will leave at 2 p.m. for Stewart's hometown of New Martinsville, where the Magnolia High School football field will host an honorary salute before burial at the North View Cemetery.
Tributes on the McCulla Funeral Home website focused less on Stewart's record (28-12 in three seasons) and more on his warm personality. Game officials, former players, ex-State Police escorts and countless fans shared stories about their interactions with a man they say always made time for others, even strangers in a grocery store.
Stewart took over as coach when Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan at the end of the 2007 regular season.
WVU fans unleashed fury on Rodriguez for breaking his contract early and leaving shortly after a painful loss to rival Pittsburgh that cost the Mountaineers a shot at the national championship.
He also left two weeks before the Fiesta Bowl game against Oklahoma, taking recruits and assistants with him.
It was Stewart who stepped in and guided the team to a surprising 48-28 win over the Sooners.
In a rousing pre-game speech, he urged his players to outrun and out-hit the other team - but to do it fairly.
"You stay within the legal limits of the game. It's Mountaineer pride. Nothing cheap!" he shouted.
"Leave no doubt," he said. "Leave no doubt tonight ... they shouldn't have played the old gold and blue. Not this night."
But he ended with a smile, urging his team to have fun: "It's a game, lads."
In the euphoric aftermath of the victory, Stewart landed the job full-time. But the Mountaineers didn't go to another BCS bowl under his leadership and Stewart couldn't match the production of Rodriguez.
Stewart resigned last summer and was replaced by Dana Holgorsen the same night.