It is with great sadness that I must tell you of the sudden death of Bob Stewart, an Old Sedberghian and a loyal friend of the school. My own memories of Bob go back to 1950 when he was the Captain of the soccer team ( see photo #6 in the recent group of pictures on the Sedbergh website) and I was a brand new student at Sedbergh. He was a caring senior who always had time to listen to the fears and dilemmas of all of us, the little juniors. We looked to him for support and, in the rough and tumble days of those years, he never faltered to make us feel that we were important members of the school. For me, Bob has always represented the best of Sedbergh values - compassion, generosity, straight-forwardness and a positive attitude. He made a difference to me. He will be sorely missed by those of us who knew him. Our condolences go out to Nan, to Bob's entire family, and his many friends.
The following Obituary was published yesterday (November 16th) in the Toronto Globe and Mail.
STEWART, Robert Bowie
Bob died suddenly at St. Michael's Hospital on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 following complications from lung surgery, with his family at his side. A beloved husband and loving father, he leaves his wife of 54 years, Nan, his sons Peter (Jennifer Wardle) and David (Vanessa Friedman) and his adored grandchildren Allegra, Miranda and Zebediah.
Bob was born in Montreal on February 28, 1934 and grew up in the Eastern Townships, attended a local school where he learned his French and then went to Sedbergh School and briefly Bishops College. Bob began his long career in the investment business in Montreal with Dominion Securities and after being with a number of investment houses in Montreal, Winnipeg, and Toronto, he finally established his own firm, Twenty-First Century Investments, Inc, which he was planning on running forever! He made many wonderful and close friends in the business community. Bob loved Canadian politics, the Montreal Canadiens, the challenge of fly fishing, and his black labs. He was an early member of The Cambridge Club and The Mad River Golf Club. A lasting pride and joy was Camp Stewart. His generosity of spirit, easy humour, and engagement in the world made a lasting impression on all who knew him. A celebration of Bob's life will be held in CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK, 1570 Yonge Street on Monday, November 18 at 1:00 pm.
If desired, donations to the CAMH Foundation, Bell Gateway Building, 100 Stokes Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, M6J1H4 would be appreciated by the family. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com