With great sadness we announce the passing of Stewart in the early hours of August 6, 2014, after a difficult but courageous battle with cancer. Loving husband of 55 years to Rohanna; “Papa” to six children, Robert (Josefa), Diana, Haidee (Fred), Pauline (Peter), Rosalind (Fred), and Helena; “Grandpa” to nine grandchildren, Erica, Stephanie, Morgan, Robyn, Becky, Samantha, Owen, Emmett, and Ivan. Also survived by his niece Cathy (Dennis) Fletcher and nephew Rob (Yiura) Williams.
Stewart was born April 5, 1930 in Vancouver, BC. He grew up in Victoria and he and Rohanna were married there in 1958. After many years of living in various places around the world, including Victoria, Ottawa, Vancouver, Whitehorse, and Sechelt, as well as overseas in Denmark and England, Stewart and Rohanna settled in Comox to live closer to their children and grandchildren. A kind and social fellow, Stewart made many close friendships along the way and was greatly liked and admired by all who met him and had the pleasure to get to know him.
As a role model for his children he instilled honesty, integrity, tolerance and fairness in how he lived and those valuable attributes were passed down to his children, who will miss him dearly.
He was well respected by his colleagues in his work as a Chartered Accountant for the federal and provincial governments of Canada, as well as for organizations overseas.
He fulfilled his dream of building a timber frame home on the Sunshine Coast, played accordion in a local Comox Valley band, and spent lots of time researching family ancestry. He was an avid reader and was always well-informed about the goings-on in the world. He will be greatly missed by his family and by many friends and acquaintances around the world.
Our family wishes to thank Dr. Bakshi, the compassionate VIHA homecare and nursing staff, and St. Joseph’s Hospital for their incredible care and support.
By Stewart’s request, he will be cremated and there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Stewart’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation, or the Comox Valley Hospice Society would be appreciated.