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. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
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