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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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One of the neighborhood dads!
Posted by Robert C Crandall (Neighbor) On Thursday, April 18, 2019
I remember Mr. Fyfe with great fondness as the dad next door, and the father of the three boys me and my brothers spent so much time with growing up. He was always smiling and doubtlessly wondering what mischieve we were getting up to now. Alwington Place in those days was like one big extended family and we saw him all the time and knew that if we could count on him for any help we needed. My heartfelt condolences go to Andrew, Douglas and Peter for their loss.
The world is a lesser place...
Posted by Cam & Diana McRae (friend) On Tuesday, March 5, 2019
We knew Dr. Fyfe only through our connections with the CRCA

His presence at any gathering however, was always substantial. His serious contributions were always thoughtful and substantial. But his wit caught you, delightfully, off guard. To be missed...

Sincere condolences, kind memories
Posted by Rob McRae (Connection via CRCA & Queen's) On Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Stewart made thoughtful contributions as Chair and Board member with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA). He also offered sage advice early in my planning career. His perspectives on the 20th Century development history of Kingston were always interesting and appreciated. Dr. Fyfe will be missed!
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.

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