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Fiche créée le : 2002-02-06
Décès le : 2002-02-06
Parution : 2002-02-08
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

A journalist and family man of gentle humour and deep perception, died on Wednesday February 6, 2002 in hospital in Ottawa, in his 70th year. Stewart was a gifted writer and reporter who never raised his voice, in print or in person. The Dean of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery before his retirement, he covered the passages of politicians and events for four decades. Stewart knew everyone and condemned no one. He would get to the nub of an issue or person in a phrase, deflating with humour rather than to rail and rant. Stewart was a proud Cape Bretoner from Orangedale, N.S., starting out early as a young reporter for Canadian Press in 1952 Halifax. He soon was CP's man covering Newfoundland and the tumultuous times of Premier Smallwood in that new Canadian province. His abilities led him while still in his twenties to become a foreign correspondent for CP, in London, England, and later to Toronto and Ottawa. He was CP's senior political writer for many years, a writer for the then Weekend magazine, and finally national political columnist. He continued to write during his retirement, for the Issues Network and was admired all across Canada for his quiet wit and keen observation. While he never judged harshly, you knew very clearly what Stewart thought of a person or event. Music was very close to Stewart, from the Celtic Canadian airs of his well-loved Cape Breton to Dixieland jazz that engaged him and his banjo for many joyous years. He was the appointed leader of the National Press and Allied Workers Jazz Band Inc. This band of talented musicians played benefits for charities in cities and towns across Canada. Stewart leaves Violet, his wife of 45 years, their three daughters, Susan (Donovan), Janet (Jim), and Sharon, and grandson Caleb. Predeceased by his two brothers Ian and Jimmy (Nellie). He leaves sister-in-law Mollie, nephews Derek (Kathy), Donnie (Lisa) and Kenzie (Lisa) and families. Niece Diane (Ray) and family, Debbie (John) and family, brother-in-law Edmund (Terry), niece Marilyn (John) and family, nephew Michael, and finally he leaves behind a host of friends and journalists, politicians and neighbours and all the folk he befriended in dozens of quiet, thoughtful ways. We love you Stew. The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Dr. Shamji, to the Community Care Access Centre for the many in-home services they provided - including the VON nurses, physiotherapist (Lorraine) and nutritionist (Helene) - and finally to the staff of the Intensive Care Unit of the Civic Hospital, for their exquisite care and support. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, February 11, 2002 at 11 a.m. Donations to the VON nurses or L'Arche, Cape Breton. The Ottawa Citizen, 08-02-2002

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