It is with profound sadness that the family of Errol Stewart announce his death, which occurred suddenly after a brief illness. The wind in Heaven must have been fit for sailing that day.
Errol spent a brief stint in the RCAF, then attended Ottawa U. He worked for Canadian Aviation Electronics, Montreal, the National Research Council in Ottawa and set up his own company to study the effects of sewage and pulp mill effluent on the Ottawa River. This led to winning a design contest to design and build a machine to harvest Milfoil in the Okanagan Lakes and moving to the west coast.
On moving to Port Alice, BC. He designed and built wooden models that represented life on the west coast of BC. He marketed these products under the name of Alice’s Ark at Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver for twenty-five years. He built a 16 ft. Sailboat and taught himself to sail. He eventually graduated to a 26 ft. Rossan and then a 27 ft. Catalina. Family and sailing were his passions.
He will be forever missed by his wife of 57 years, Irene, his children, Heather, Christina and partner Doug, Barry, David and his wife Natalie. He leaves behind his cherished grandchildren, Ryan, Kristen, Stephanie, Stewart, Kahan, Lucca, Isabella, Arianna and great granddaughter Cassidy, his siblings Barrie, Craig, sister Sandra, sister-in-law Cheryl (Ed) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Ed and his parents, Donald Stewart and Elda Barlow.
May fair winds and sunshine always be in his sails.
Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Seva Canada, or Cancer Research.
Arrangements entrusted to Island Funeral Services, Campbell River, 250-287-3366.