Lord Duncan Stewart passed away on February 3, 2019 after many years of battling debilitating health challenges. Although he had not been active in the SCA for the past ten years or so, he was well-known in the archery community, especially in his home Barony of Carolingia.
Duncan received his Award of Arms from Andreas and Isabella on Feb. 3, 2001. He achieved Grand Master Bowman ranking on June 24, 2001, and was presented with his badge and a scroll by Hanse and Olivia on Sept. 15, 2001 at Legends of Chivalry. He served twice as Archery Champion of the Barony of Carolingia, winning the competitions on June 27, 1999 and July 10, 2004, then running the tournements to select his successors. Duncan made a generous gift to the Carolingian Company of Bowmen when he had the guild’s charter professionally framed. Properly protected, the venerable document is displayed with honor in the home of the Company Captain.
In the modern world, Duncan was known as Anthony Bellettini. He welcomed SCA archers at the indoor shooting ranges in the pro shops he operated, and he served as the Director of Shooting for many regional archery competitions. Anthony was a Certified Level 4 Coach, and he delighted in helping many people learn the sport he loved – especially the young archers in the JOAD program.
Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood recalls: “It was a lot of fun at one Bay State Games shoot where all the competitors were encouraged to wear their team uniforms – Anthony asked his SCA friends to compete wearing our medieval clothing, our ‘uniforms’. A lot of folks learned about the SCA that day, including (now Mistress) Nest verch Tangwistel and her family.”
The Memorial Service for Anthony Bellettini will be Friday, February 22, 2019 from 9am to 10am at the Folsom Funeral Home (86 Milton Street in Dedham MA) followed by a funeral procession to the Brookdale Cemetery (86 Brookdale Avenue in Dedham MA).
Photos by Ygraine of Kellswood.