Stuart Jacke Littlefield 1986-2022
Stuart passed away on August 5, at the age of 35, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stu was born in Providence, RI to Christopher Nauer and Susan Jacke Littlefield and was raised on Block Island where he spent as much time as possible in, on, around and under the water. He attended the Block Island School and graduated from Westtown School in Westtown, PA in 2005. An avid and proficient free-diver, Stu loved the ocean and his family jokes that he majored in spearfishing while attending Eckerd College in Florida where he graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies in 2009. A talented metal artist, Stuart’s fish, birds and Block Island silhouettes grace many island homes and businesses as well as those across the country. He exhibited at the International Gift Show in NYC in 2010 and had retail customers from Catalina Island to Cape Cod. He loved to laugh and he enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life at his Littlefield Fish Art stand at the BI Farmer’s Market and by Sachem Pond and in his travels to Europe and across the US. He leaves behind many beloved friends and admirers of his creative endeavors.
Over the last several years he lived in Salt Lake City, and worked as a licensed contractor. Stu loved his coworkers and crew who respected him, gave him great joy, calling him their “favorite gringo”. The exquisite beauty of the Wasatch mountains were at his doorstep and at times, hiking was his daily practice. He loved and lived for the natural world which inspired his art and gave him solace. Stu was an aesthetic, an entrepreneur, a painter, designer, avid reader, foreign film critic, chef, climber, shellfish harvester, swimmer, seamstress, surfer, seeker, hunter, a beloved son, brother, dad, uncle, nephew and grandson. Unfortunately, along with his gifts, came some difficult challenges which finally overcame him.
He leaves behind his parents and their partners Chris (Christine Grele) of Block Island, RI; Susan (Leon Harris) of Warwick, RI; his sister Abby Littlefield Vanier and her husband Phil their two children Harper and Duncan of Salt Lake City, UT; his son, Augustus Littlefield Bennion, Gus’s mother, Erica Bennion of Salt Lake City, UT; as well as the extended Littlefield, Bennion and Jacke families, including his grandmother, Ellen C. Jacke of Wallingford, CT.
A celebration of Stuart’s life will be held on Saturday October 1, 2022 at Block Island Maritime Institute. Time to be determined.
Go-Fund-Me site to support Stuart’s son Gus - go to http://stu-art.org/
Contributions in Stuart’s honor can be made to:
The Nature Conservancy Block Island Program PO Box 1287 Block Island, RI 02807
(for ocean and coastal conservation)
NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) Block Island https://blockislandmentalhealth.org/
PO Box 1719 Block Island, RI 02807
If you, or anyone you know has suicidal tendencies, call 988 - the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. This service supports those who are in crisis and those who are concerned for another.
View Stuart's KudoBoard at the link below: