Stewart, Peter Malcolm

Peter Stewart of Thornbury and formerly Toronto passed away peacefully at Meaford Hospital on January 4th, 2020 in Meaford, Ontario age 88.

Born December 10, 1931 Peter was the son of the late Roy and Ruth (nee Kilbourn) Stewart.

Predeceased by his wife Gail and his second wife Joan, remembered by his children Richard (Sandy), Elizabeth (Peter) and Pamela (David) and by his grandchildren Geoffrey, Mathew, Wilder and Astrid.

Survived by his wife Judy Ross Stewart, dearly missed by his stepchildren Currie, Douglas, Christopher, Yves (Gill) and his step grandchildren, Aiden (Adam), Quinn, Ross, Jude, Ethan, Pascale and step great grandchildren Hunter and Sloane.

Survived by his sister Hedy Kellerhalls (Rolf) and predeceased by his brothers John and Doug. He will be greatly missed by his nieces, nephews and their families.

Peter’s early years were enjoyed on the family farm in Simcoe. He attended Upper Canada College. An avid student, he skipped two grades and entered the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Commerce and Finance at age 16.

Peter’s career revolved around the fourth generation, family, leather tannery business, Wickett & Craig Ltd. Through devotion and enthusiasm for the business he became President in 1964 and continued until his retirement in 1991.

Peter had a love for tennis that started early on. He was an Ontario Champion and trained in his teen years in California. He continued to play throughout his adult life and encourage the development of young players. He joined The Badminton & Racquet Club in Toronto in 1953. He won the tennis club championships 4 times between 1954 and 1960. He served on the board for 4 years and was President in 1977. He became a “life member” several years ago and continued to meet with his many friends there whenever he could.

Peter enjoyed skiing. He was an original member of The Georgian Peaks Club. His involvement in the club and many years spent skiing there lead to a love for the Thornbury area where he eventually moved to 15 years ago. This facilitated another of his passions, golf. He played whenever he could both at Lora Bay in Thornbury and at Shadow Wood in Bonita Springs, Florida. Even when his arthritic body made 18 holes impossible, he would derive great pleasure following along in the cart when his wife Judy was playing, hitting as many balls as he could.

Another great love for Peter was his island, Kishkadena, in Point au Baril, Georgian Bay. His passion for the area and concern for the environment lead to his involvement in the formation of the Township of the Archipelago where he served as a councillor from 1991-2000. He was also Past President of both the Ojibway Club and the Point au Baril Islander Association.

Peter always had a smile and greeted all he met with warmth and interest. He never complained as the body he used, for so many athletic endeavours, failed him. He was a gentleman and approached life with a sense of humour mixed with kindness.

A service celebrating Peter’s life will be conducted at St. George’s Anglican Church in Clarksburg, ON on Saturday January 18, 2020 at 11 o’clock, with visiting the hour prior to service. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


Saturday, January 18, 2020
Visiting: St. George's Anglican Church from 10 until 11 a.m.

Saturday, January 18, 2020 11:00 AM
Celebration of Life: St. George's Anglican Church in Clarksburg, ON at 11 o'clock

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Make a donation in memory of Peter Malcolm Stewart

Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Dirk Hoogendoorn
    Friday, January 10, 2020

    Judy, I just want to just say a note of condolences for you and the family in the passing of Peter. It was a pleasure to drive Peter just once a week to Day Away. Peter was always kind, courteous, pleasant and very gracious. In getting Peter into the car he never complained about me moving his legs into the door. We had neat conversations and shared some laughs, I am saddened to hear of his passing.

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    Dear Beth, Pam, and Richard,
    I was very sorry to read online today of your Dad’s passing. I have very fond early memories of him on Ridge Drive. And I have two vivid, and very special memories that have stayed with me all my life. The first is the time that Beth, Pam, Suzanne and I went with him to Roy and Ruth’s farm in the winter time. It was my first experience with snowmobiles. And there was a cutter sleigh that was pulled along behind. What fun. And if you recall, Roy and my Grandfather Clive Thompson served together in WWI. The second was the time that Peter took Pam and me to William Kilbourn’s cottage I believe at Thunder Bay beach on Georgian Bay. Pam and I slept out on the porch and there was a fabulous thunderstorm that night. I can picture that porch and storm very clearly.
    Thinking of all of you and especially on Saturday as you celebrate your Dad. He was a very special man.
    With love,
    Judith (Thompson) Bloom
    Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin

  3. Justine Maw-Farrar
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    Deepest Condolences Judy and Family
    We really enjoyed Peter here at the Meaford Day Away program. He was always very gentle and patient and had a wonderful personality. I also really enjoyed the stories of his life and meeting you for the first time.
    He will be greatly missed. Deepest Condolences His Meaford Day Away Friends.

  4. Carol and Tom Morrow
    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. We did not know Peter well but always enjoyed talking with him at the Morningside socials. He was such a nice man. May he rest in peace, and may God comfort you.

  5. Fiona McGaw
    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    Dear Judy, Sorry to hear of Peter’s passing, it has been a challenging time for you. So glad that I had a visit with you both when Stewie was here in the Summer. I will be with you in thought on Saturday, Fiona McGaw

  6. Graeme Jennings
    Friday, January 17, 2020

    Dear Judy and the Ross family,
    Erin, Betty and I were very sorry to hear about the loss of Peter. I have fond memories of sitting down with Peter on your dock and hearing his stories of his youth. He was a kind man that had a knack for conversation.
    Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the service, but please accept our deepest condolences.

  7. Meg Stewart
    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Dear Judy,
    We are feeling sad about the passing of Peter. Mother, Jennifer and I have had you in our thoughts especially during the past month as news via Heather and Erika was relayed.
    What good fun Uncle Peter was with lively conversation and a joke always handy. I have a special memory of sharing Sunday service at St. George’s with you and Pete a few years ago. It was a terrific family gathering you hosted with treasured memories, sharing family stories and hiking around your beautiful Georgian Bay region.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers Judy.
    Meg Stewart

  8. Wally and Mary Jeanne Hoff
    Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Dear Judy,
    We were so sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. A gentleman ,with that wonderful smile, we will miss seeing him in Morning Side!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  9. Harold G. Korbee
    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    We just learned of Peter’s death today as a result of an email from Shadow Wood Country Club. We had no idea that he had passed and want to express our profound condolences to you and the family. We have cherished our friendship with you and Peter since we met some years ago and I hope we can dine with you again this season if you are in Florida. All our love.

    Hal & Carol Korbee

  10. Ron and Zoe Wilson
    Friday, February 28, 2020

    Hi Judy,

    We’ve just learned of Peter’s passing and are saddened. We knew him way back in the early days at Shadow Wood and had many good golf games with him.

    We’d been getting reports from you (and Gigi) about his health when we met you on our walks, but hadn’t seen you lately and feared the worst.

    You will hopefully take comfort in the knowledge that he’s no longer in pain and in a good place now.

  11. Kathy Meyer
    Saturday, February 29, 2020

    Hi Judy,

    Jack and I were very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He always had a smile and kind words for everyone.

    He will be missed.

    Jack and Kathy Meyer

  12. Charlie and Loretta Hrdlicka
    Sunday, March 1, 2020

    Like many other messages of condolences in the years of knowing Peter he can only be described as a gentleman with an infectious smile. He was a happy man and it was always a joy to be in his presence.
    Rest in peace Peter.


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