Donald Alan Stewart
82, of Windsor, N.S., passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, at Blomidon Court, Greenwich.
Born in Summerside, P.E.I., he was the son of the late Donald and Gladys (Locke) Stewart and stepson of Constance (Enman) Stewart. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy (Saunders) Stewart, of Sandy Cove, Digby Co.
He is survived by his wife Maxine (Murray) Stewart; daughter Anne Stewart Reagh, Sandy Cove; sons David (Kathleen Rowlands), Bridgetown, Scott (Barbara Legatto-Stewart), North Sydney, and Don (Stephanie Smith), Wolfville; brother William (Helen) Stewart, Dartmouth; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and his mother-in-law Nora Saunders-Stevens.
Alan studied at Acadia (1951) then Dalhousie University, graduating as a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1954. Joining the Royal Canadian Dental Corps in 1952, he was posted to Cornwallis in 1954. He opened a dental practice in Summerside in 1956 before moving to Windsor in 1963. He continued his dental practice in Windsor until retirement in 1994. Highly respected by both patients and his peers, Alan was elected president of both the P.E.I. and Nova Scotia Dental Associations and taught in the Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University. While president of the N.S. Dental Association, he was instrumental in securing funding for children’s dental care.
Alan was a gifted athlete. He was the P.E.I. singles and doubles (with brother Bill) champion. He held the Maritime record in the backstroke while swimming for Acadia. He played varsity hockey and soccer for Acadia and hockey for Dalhousie and Cornwallis. His favourite sport was baseball. In 1950 he pitched both games of a double-header in winning the Maritime Junior Baseball Championship for Summerside.
He was also an artist, taking up painting in his early forties. He generously donated his works to various charities, most notably an annual donation (for 25 years) to the IWK Kermesse Art Show and Sale. His art was featured on the cover of the Canadian Dental Association Journal as well as in its annual calendar.
Alan was an active member of the Summerside Presbyterian Church and the Windsor United Church. In Windsor he served on the Board of Trustees, Men’s Club, and the Mission and Service Committee. He was President of both the Windsor Minor Hockey and Baseball associations. A long-time member of the Gyro Club, he served in many executive positions including President and was granted life-time membership in 2010. Alan loved to travel, and especially enjoyed his yearly trips to Florida with Dot and later Maxine, and family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Blomidon Court for their loving care during Alan’s stay. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, “Stew” will be missed and forever remembered.
Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317), where the family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, November 28. Funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Thursday, November 29, in Windsor United Church, 613 King St., Windsor, Rev. Bill Gibson officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Sandy Cove, Digby Co.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Stewart may be made the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, 112-2717 Gladstone St., Halifax, NS, B3K 0A4; Windsor United Church General Fund, PO Box 2037, Windsor, N.S. B0N 2T0 or Zion United Church, 325 Sandy Cove Rd., Sandy Cove, N.S. B0V 1E0.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.demontfamilyfuneralhome.ca.