Jimmy Stewart, a short-term patient at Life Care Center of Pensacola, Florida, has certainly left his mark on the facility.
He may not be the famous actor of the 1950s, but Stewart has played strong on his own talents. He served in the United States Navy for 23 years, working as an aviation anti-submarine warfare technician and providing support on a ship during the Vietnam War.
Besides being a veteran, Stewart also loves to paint and draw. He especially loves watercolor painting.
After his latest rehab stay of four at the facility (in July 2019), Stewart shared some of his paintings. He presented Peter Manis, on-site physician at the building, with a copy of his painting of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, since Dr. Manis spent time in the Air Force.
“The reason Jimmy made the painting is that he knew he would be away from the Navy after he retired, and he wanted something to remind him of the good old days,” said Jennifer Landis, executive director.
He also donated a copy of the painting to the activity room. He plans to return to do paintings of residents to give to their families.
“Jimmy is fun and interesting to talk to and has never met a stranger,” Landis added.