Com­mu­nity hon­ours giv­ing, lov­ing soul

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN full of love, gen­eros­ity and joy – Stu­art Boys will be sorely missed.

Hav­ing moved to the Whit­sun­days six years ago to be with the love of his life, Deb Lewis, Stu­art was hol­i­day­ing in New Zealand when he passed away.

Deb re­mem­bers a man who was al­ways giv­ing and al­ways smil­ing.

“He was an in­cred­i­bly af­fa­ble per­son, he loved peo­ple, he loved our dog and he had such a gen­tle soul,” she said.

“I guess the one com­pen­sa­tion I have is that I know he had six won­der­ful years here as a mem­ber of the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity.”

Noth­ing was ever too much trou­ble for Stu­art, go­ing above and be­yond for fam­ily, friends and strangers alike.

“Noth­ing was too hard for him,” Deb re­mem­bers.

“He was an ab­so­lute gen­tle­man.

“One of the things that can at­test to this is the way he cared for my ag­ing par­ents.

“He was a won­der­ful sup- port for them.

“He al­ways went out of his way to look af­ter my par­ents.”

Hav­ing worked for the past three years as a taxi driver, Stu­art’s boss, Glen Piltz, also re­mem­bers a man born to give.

“Stewie was a guy that would al­ways help you no mat­ter what,” he said.

Glen said he had once had to make a trip to the Sun- shine Coast, with Stu­art putting his hand up to help out with­out be­ing asked.

“He was a very kind­hearted bloke,” he said.

“He would do any­thing for you.”

A fan­tas­tic am­bas­sador for the Whit­sun­days, Deb said Stu­art would go the ex­tra mile to make vis­i­tors feel wel­come.

“He made it his per­sonal mis­sion that for ev­ery in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor that came to our re­gion, if he couldn’t greet them in their na­tive tongue, he would make a point of get­ting them to teach him phrases on the trip back to Air­lie,” she said.

“He was re­ally proud of the Whit­sun­days.”

For Deb, and the Whit­sun­days, the loss is keenly felt.

“He will be dearly missed,” she said.

“I was able to have some of the hap­pi­est times of my life with him over the last six years.”

Stu­art will be re­mem­bered with a trib­ute at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on Fri­day from 5.15pm.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

VALE: Stu­art Boys.

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