STE­WART, Rev. Gor­don Kennedy

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - OBITUARIES -

1921 - 2020 Gor­don Ste­wart, who lived in Mon­treal, Que., Toronto, Ont., Sackville, N.B., and Dart­mouth, died on Satur­day, May 9, 2020, in the won­der­ful care of the Nurs­ing Staff of Gables Lodge in Amherst. He lived a long and wor­thy life, begin­ning al­most a cen­tury ago in Mon­treal, where he was born to Wil­liam and Mary, re­cent im­mi­grants from Belfast in the North of Ire­land. Ed­u­cated at West­mount High and there­after at Mcgill (Masters of Arts in His­tory) and Queens (Bach­e­lor of Divin­ity), he mar­ried Florence Trot­ter and com­menced a long and var­ied vo­ca­tion as a min­is­ter in the United Church of Canada be­fore fi­nally re­tir­ing in 1986. Dur­ing World War Two he served in Ply­mouth, Eng­land with the Corps of Cana­dian Fire­fight­ers. He served as As­so­ci­ate Sec­re­tary of Evan­ge­lism and So­cial Ser­vice at United Church head­quar­ters dur­ing the 1960’s, and the rest of his time in the church was spent in pas­toral care in Que­bec, On­tario and the Mar­itimes. He was pre­de­ceased by his first wife, Florence Trot­ter, in 1983. His de­voted se­cond wife, Eve­lyn Crook, to whom he was mar­ried in 1990, still lives in Gables Lodge. He is sur­vived by chil­dren, Moira, Wendy (Christo­pher Pot­ter), Keir (Joanne Mcmurtry) and Graeme (Denise Gaudet); His ten amaz­ing grand­chil­dren, Amy, Tam­sin and Daniel Pot­ter, of North York­shire; Car­men, Alana and Tea Ste­wart of Hal­i­fax; and Liam, Mar­shall, Lucy and Is­abel Ste­wart of Sackville. He was pre­de­ceased by grand­son, Rory of North York­shire. There are two great-grand­chil­dren, Amy’s sons Se­bas­tian and Alex of North York­shire. He was a de­voted hus­band, a scholar who could ar­gue any point, and a great fa­ther to his chil­dren. His in­ter­ests in As­tron­omy, Ge­ol­ogy, The­ol­ogy, Bi­ol­ogy and Evo­lu­tion were fu­eled by a vo­ra­cious ap­petite for read­ing. He was known for his in­ter­est and keen in­volve­ment in is­sues of so­cial justice. As a preacher, he was se­cond to none, pre­fer­ring a mea­sured and in­tel­lec­tual ap­proach to his ser­mons and lessons. He gave amaz­ing chil­dren’s sto­ries, of­ten aided by the use of spec­i­mens from his ex­ten­sive rocks and min­er­als col­lec­tion or other ar­ti­facts from na­ture. He was a man who tena­ciously tried to do the right thing. There is much more to learn of Gor­don’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life at: Jones­fu­ner­al­home.ca and the fam­ily is in­debted to them for their ex­em­plary ser­vice. Do­na­tions in mem­ory of Gor­don can be made through the fu­neral home’s web­site, or di­rectly, to The United Church of Canada Mis­sion and Ser­vice Fund or to the Stephen Lewis Foun­da­tion. Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to the Jones Fu­neral Home, 70 Bridge St., Sackville, (506-3641300). Shar­ing of mem­o­ries and con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily by vis­it­ing Gor­don’s on­line me­mo­rial at: www.jones­fu­ner­al­home.ca or through the Jones Fu­neral Home Face­book Page.

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