John W. Stewart, who died Thursday after being hit by a pickup truck on Soscol Avenue, was remembered Friday as a former public servant who ran the City of Napa's water department, then Napa Sanitation District.
Stewart, 68, was struck while crossing Soscol on foot. He died shortly after at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.
In his career as a civil engineer, Stewart worked for the Napa County Public Works Department, supervised city water operations and, from 1989 to 1998, was general manager of Napa Sanitation District.
More recently, he led the Los Carneros Water District and helped to bring recycled water to the Carneros region.
"He was the best boss I ever had," Tim Healy, Napa Sanitation's current general manager, said Friday. "He was kind to his employees. He was thoughtful. He was a great planner."
Healy said Stewart was the driving force behind the years of effort to extend recycled water lines under the Napa River to Carneros. In 2016, Napa Sanitation celebrated the completion of $50 million in projects necessary to bring reclaimed water to Carneros.
Stewart was a Napa native whose family ranched in Carneros.
He leaves behind a wife, Carolyn, and three adult daughters.