We regret to announce the sudden passing of our father John Stewart (Wee Johnny Stewart), on Thursday Dec. 31 2015 in Nelson BC at the age of 83.
Wee Johnny was born on February 7 1932 in Port Glasgow Scotland to Archie and Mary Stewart. He spent all of his youth in Port Glasgow where he attended school and spent his time playing on the banks of the River Clyde. At 14 years of age Johnny went to work in the shipyards where he earned his journeyman welding ticket. When he turned 18 he enlisted into the British forces where he spent 3 years stationed in Egypt. After being honourably discharged from the army he went back home to Port Glasgow where he met, fell in love and married Mary McLaughlin. Shortly after that they flipped a coin to see what country to immigrate to. Canada or Australia. The toss came up Canada and in 1957 they arrived in Prince Rupert BC. Johnny got a job at the pulp mill there and 2 years later got the opportunity to transfer to Castlegar. Johnny became a millwright shortly after and spent 31 years at the Pulp mill before retiring in 1991. He made many lifelong friends in his time at the mill. Throughout his working years, Johnny loved to golf, curl and entertain. He even had his own dance band called Johnny Stewart and the Melody Makers. John and Mary also liked to travel and went to places like Australia, Hawaii, Alaska and numerous trips back to Scotland.
After retiring John and Mary moved to Victoria BC. John spent 20 years in Victoria before moving back to Castlegar.
Johnny is survived by his three children, Archie (Jocelyn), Ian (Shirley), and Fiona (Ed), 4 granddaughters, 5 great granddaughters, and one on the way! His brother Archie Stewart of Cambridge Ont. And many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Thompson Funeral Service, the attending paramedics and law enforcement personnel for all their kind assistance.
A celebration of life took place on January 6th, 2016. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca