September 16, 1940 – December 1, 2012
It is with great sadness we say goodbye to Roy James Stewart, one of a kind, who passionately strode through life, a true Scottish Highlander. Born September 16, 1940 in Indian Head, Saskatchewan to the late Hazel and Ken Stewart, Roy grew up loving the outdoors and would go hunting, sailing, skiing and fishing whenever he could. He graduated from St. Clair College in Windsor as an electronic technologist then worked at CKLG Television in Windsor. He left to get a degree in electronic engineering at Wayne State University followed by a Master’s degree in business from Ohio State before pursuing a long business career with Bell Canada, or international companies such as Honeywell and Hilti.
A born leader and happiest when he had someone or something to guide, so they could become the best they could be. Roy aimed for the ultimate — whether it was skiing double-black-diamond runs, playing hockey, or racing Niska at the Port Credit Yacht Club for twenty-five years. Most of all, he loved his border collie, Thane, with whom Roy spent many happy years winning an array of championship medals in agility.
In his later years, Roy loved his semi-rural home in Courtenay, skeet shooting at the local fish and game club, tinkering with his Virago motorcycle and refining his Morgan to make it the fastest car in the Old English Car Club.
Roy will be deeply missed by friends all across Canada and his family in Saskatchewan. He leaves behind many cousins, aunts Marion and Gertie Scott as well as an uncle in Kelowna, Ernie Donnelly. Most of all, he leaves a great vacuum in the life of his wife, Helena Stewart and his step-family in the Czech Republic, Cal and Carolyn Zukowski and their sons Aidan and Max.
There will be no immediate funeral. A large celebration to honour Roy’s life and to carry his spirit back to his beloved sea will be scheduled in the late spring.
A note of special thanks to Dr. Suzanne Watters who went beyond the call of duty to help and to nurses Rachel and Nadine at St. Joseph’s Hospital who treated Roy with gentleness and compassion in his last days.