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Stewart Fyfe

FYFE, Stewart - Born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan on June 22, 1928, Stewart died peacefully at Briargate Retirement Residence in Amherstview, Ontario on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Recently predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Jocelyn Fyfe (nee Rutherford). Loving father of Andrew (Nancy) of Huntsville, Douglas (Claire) of Toronto and Peter (Jennifer) of Orillia. Proud "Poppa" to grandchildren Adam and Emily, Katrina and Ewan, and Ian and Julia. Survived by his brother John (Judy) of Ottawa and predeceased by brothers Alec (Molly) of Greenwich, Hugh (Merle) of Esterhazy, and sister Molly MacIlwraith of Glasgow. Graduated with a BA and MA from Queen's and a Phd. from Manchester University. Proud of his Scottish heritage and prairie roots, his life was dedicated to "making a difference". As a dedicated member of the Queen's University community for over six decades, he taught generations of students local government, created professional development programs for municipal staff and provided counselling for students. Working as a consultant and an educator, his work took him to Europe and Russia; and across Canada from Newfoundland to Whitehorse. He was heavily involved in local government reform in Ontario, including chairing the Commission which led to the formation of Waterloo Region. In Kingston, he was instrumental in the formation of the Art Collection Society and the City's Planning Department, assisted with neighbourhood improvement projects and the City's early efforts in heritage conservation which became the foundation of the Ontario Heritage Act. For many years he was a member and chaired Kingston's Planning Committee and the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority. A voracious reader, avid Gaels football fan and lover of cottage life with his dear family at Lake Sir John and Eagle Lake. A memorial service will be held at ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (corner of Princess and Clergy Streets) in Kingston, on Saturday, April 27th at 2:30 p.m. , with a reception to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Arts 49, Principal Wallace Fellowship at Queen's University, or the Cataraqui Conservation Foundation. Online condolences may be shared at:
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Posted by Patricia Hodge (friend) On Sunday, February 17, 2019
Stewart was the one who persuaded me to run for a seat on Kingston City Council. I succeeded and served for 11 years and gained a great deal from doing so. Stewart would often phone me with advice before a council meeting and I appreciated his point of view. My condolences to Stewart's sons.
A Queen's and St. Andrew's Stalwart!
Posted by Monica Stewart (Connection St. Andrew's/Queen's) On Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Stewart was a long time member of St. Andrew's and I knew him through this connection. When I started working at Queen's, he would frequently drop by my office and chat about his involvement in the ice storm project and other community issues that he was involved in. He had great passion for all he did. One day, he brought me a copy of his first letter of appointment to Queen's - total of 2 lines on the page. Today's letters are multiple pages. Sincere condolences to the family.
Very Sorry For Your Loss
Posted by Art Veryard (Friend) On Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. He was a very nice man who worked hard for so many people.

Posted by Johanna MacKinnon (Former gardener for Stewart & Jocelyn) On Monday, February 11, 2019
I have fond memories of Stewart and Jocelyn, a man who genuinely loved books and shared his enthusiasm for them. He also shared wonderful stories, enjoyed his gardens and was interested in his community.

Condolences to the family.

sincere condolences
Posted by john gerretsen (former mayor) On Monday, February 11, 2019
Stewart was true gentleman always interested in civic matters- planning,conservation, local government and its many issues. knowledgable in city issues. a great mentor to many young aspiring politicians. RIP my friend!!

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