The Board of Directors of Philipstown Info Inc. learned on Wednesday morning that Gordon Stewart, our chairman, founder and the inspiration behind our journalistic enterprise, died earlier that day. We are devastated by the loss of a leader of imagination, talent in many fields — both business and artistic — and a man animated by an energy and a will that were unstoppable. But we, as directors of the organization that Gordon built, feel that a statement of our feelings and plans is appropriate and necessary.
We are profoundly saddened by Gordon’s loss, and we send our condolences to his wife, Zanne, and his daughter, Katy. In the last six months, as his illness worsened, Gordon showed courage of a rare kind: he dealt with his malady; he defied the limits it imposed on his plans, and he always pressed forward. He was indomitable.
As directors, we also wish to assure the staff and readers of Philipstown.info and The Paper that we intend to continue to print the newspaper and to produce the website. Working with the staff, we are committed to pursuing a journalism that informs and energizes the conversation in our small community.
We recognize that, to sustain Gordon’s vision, we must enlist the support of the community and our readers. Community-owned journalism was a dream that Gordon Stewart dreamt for many years; he was on the verge of fulfilling that dream on the day he left us. We will do everything in our power to ensure that his vision succeeds in Philipstown and serves as a model — as Gordon so devoutly hoped it would — in other communities around the nation.
The Board of Directors of Philipstown Info Inc.
Frederick Osborn III
Rudolph S. Rauch