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David Stewart

David Stewart

Friday, June 24th, 1938 - Sunday, May 31st, 2020
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Samuel David Stewart 1938 - 2020

David’s life is complete. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland June 24, 1938, David died peacefully at home at Black Rapids, Lyndhurst on May 31, 2020. In Ireland, David apprenticed with Short Brothers & Harland Ltd Aircraft Company becoming a tool designer and earning a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at the Belfast College of Technology. He arrived in Canada on a sunny, cold day in January 1964, after being recruited by De Havilland Aircraft Company in Toronto. David was very proud of his Irish roots but Canada was now “home”. Later that year David attended the Ontario Teacher’s College summer program and achieved a long-held desire to be a teacher. He then began his teaching career in an Oshawa high school. Over the next few years David taught at schools in Kingston and Gananoque. He also attended Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, earning BA and MA degrees respectively. This led to 12 years teaching at St.Lawrence College where he developed the technical communications program. David ended his career with personally rewarding years of self-employment, consulting with industries in Kingston and Brockville and providing training in technical communications.

David thoroughly enjoyed his teaching life, but he also found great joy in living close to the natural world of birds, wildlife, boating, wood cutting and even snow clearing. Music, playing piano, concerts, theatre, his book club get-togethers and family gatherings were very special in his life.

Dearly missed by his wife and best friend Judith. Loved by his brother George Stewart and George’s children Jackie Stewart, David Stewart (Susan), and Claire Erkan (Ezel) and their families. Remembered with affection by his step-sister Irene MisKimmon (John), their family, and cousins in Northern Ireland, as well as by cousins in Canada. Brothers-in-law Michael Harvey, Peter Harvey, and Jack Harvey (Martha), and sister-in law Janice Hietala and all their children Joseph, Robert, Laura, David, and Louise Harvey will sadly miss David. Fondly remembered by his dear friends Marcia and John Nightingale, as well as by many other good friends. David is predeceased by his parents Edward and Alice (Moore) Stewart, his sister-in-law Janet Stewart and his step-father James Barnes.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions a gathering of family and friends in memory of David is not possible at this time. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust, 19 Reynolds Rd, Lansdowne K0E 1L0 or ROLL Aid Centre, 116 Bay St., Seeley’s Bay K0H 2N0 would be greatly appreciated.
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Paul Van Nest

Posted at 10:08am
I especially remember David coming to see me as Chair of Technology because he was going to be teaching English to our students. How was that for a first impression! And my admiration of his strengths and commitment to teaching our students what they needed to know continued to increase my respect of him. I especially remember the several occasions when we'd meet incidentally at the theatre or anywhere else: his warm greeting and that ready smile. I'm in shock as I didn't even know he was unwell. My heart goes out to Judith and the family. He has left a big mark on so many people, including me.
Paul Van Nest

Paul Van Nest

Posted at 10:04am
My sincere condolences to you Judith and your family. I had no idea that David was even sick and was struck dumb by the announcement in today's Whig-Standard. As I was chair of Technology when David was hired, and as he was to teach technology students, I vividly remember him meeting with me as part of his application to teach "my students". I was so impressed from the start and my admiration of him grew with time. And I especially recall the many social meetings (theatre, on the street, at SLC) , his warm greetings and instant engaging smile. Your loss is shared by so many, including me. My heart goes out to you, Judith in my grief and loss. Very sincerely, Paul Van Nest

Doug Shewan

Posted at 10:19pm
Doug Shewan
It is with great fondness that I recall our friendship that began at Queens U. We went for coffee after our philosophy class (we were the 2 “mature” students in the class) and discovered many common interests, intellectually curious, love of music, and so on. I value those years we spent as friends in Kingston greatly. We both had an aesthetic for quality, searched for meaning, enjoyed a romantic outlook, valued quiet, appreciated beauty. We enjoyed the great dramas on PBS. We listened to good music, ate good food, drank good wine, and had some good swims.
I recall David's love of literature and poetry, William Blake and the Irish poets, his talent on the piano, playing and composition, his curiosity about human history and origins and I admired his willingness to risk acting on stage.
David and Judith were gracious and generous hosts to Joy and I and later to our children as well. Thank you both. My prayers are with you both.

Claire Etkan

Posted at 12:11pm
The Erkan Family
Our family gatherings will never be the same without our uncle David and great uncle David. However, the memories of great laughter, debates and the love between us will never be forgotten. Uncle David will forever be in our hearts and we send all our love to Aunt Judith in this difficult time. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing Uncle David, we hope that your next journey will be as fulfilling as the life you had with Aunt Judith and your friends and family. Xoxox

Peter & Maureen Sampson

Posted at 02:18pm
With joyful memories of our dear friend, David Stewart, who loved trees and all of nature.
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