Leonard Stewart, a lifetime resident of the Chesterville area, passed away peacefully at home on Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, following a lengthy illness. He was 74.
He was born in Ottawa on Dec. 31, 1941, to his parents, Milton and Laura Jean Stewart (nee Gillard). He was the oldest of three children.He was a sickly child with pneumonia keeping him in bed every winter for seven years in a row.
As an adult, he hated being sick, and would never admit to it. He learned carpentry from his father, picking up finer points in high school wood-working class. He apprenticed himself to a local electrician and a plumber. Leonard always said he was “a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.” He built many houses, barns, and other structures in our community. At home, he always had a project on the go. He helped out on the family farm.
In 1966, he met and married Donna Garlough, and shortly after took over the farm when his parents decided to retire. Together, the young couple had three children. Eventually Leonard decided to give up farming. The farm was sold, and the little family moved down the road. He worked at many jobs over the years, but couldn’t settle into any of them until he was hired as a school bus driver by Docksteader Bros in 1979. He drove for 24 years. He often said he was “starting to take the grandkids of the kids he started with.” He was to start his 25th season when he had his first heart attack and the doctors took his licence. That didn’t slow him down much. He still had carpentry projects at home. He dabbled in farming pigs, chickens, ducks and goats. As the family expanded and grandchildren came along, he enjoyed quieter pastimes of Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, and building play-structures for the kids. His health began to fail, but he stubbornly refused to let that stop him. He continued to work at various projects until his mobility became too limited. He passed away peacefully at home with his family close by.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Donna Stewart; his children, Angela Harriman (Allan) of Morrisburg, David of Newington, and Terry of Winchester; and his brother, Gary Stewart (Linda) of Dunbar. He will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Tara, Shelby, Matthew, Kyle,Tally, and Sara. He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Stewart. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Mon., Nov. 14 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tues., Nov. 15 at 11 am with James Garlough officiating followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Angus Crump, Jason Crump, Richard Stewart, Rob Stewart, Glen Garlough, and Thomas Allison.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com