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Neil StewartJanuary 17, 2018
Stewart, Neil Donald January 11, 1950 – January 17, 2018 aged 68 years, was born in Dauphin, Manitoba to Isobel (Reid) Stewart and James Malcolm Stewart. Neil attended Sunny Slope School, then Roblin Collegiate and afterwards the University of Manitoba (Agriculture). Neil spent most of his life on the family farm his grandparents established in Sunny Slope, recognized as a century farm in 2003. He raised Charolais cattle and was an innovator with pulse and grain crops. Neil had many other vocations; miner, auctioneer, school bus driver, teachers’ aide, salesman and real-estate. Neil finally settled on employment in Winnipeg for Agriculture Canada transitioning to Melville for the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance.
Neil married the love of his life Anna (nee Kruse) on June 29, 1984. Their family circle was competed on June 13, 1985 with the birth of their son Scott, who Neil always said was the best thing that had ever happened in his life. His dog Mac was a true joy in his life until his final day. Neil and Anna enjoyed many winters in Victoria and attended the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with Scott. On vacation in Newfoundland Neil and Anna had the time of their lives where Neil loved exchanging tales with the locals.
Neil had a passion for politics, he was active in the federal and Manitoba Liberal Party. In 1988, 1990, and 1995 Neil put his name on the ballot. Neil truly cared about people.
Neil’s sport was baseball, his teams were the New York Yankees and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. He enjoyed coaching Scott and his friends throughout their minor baseball careers. He fully supported Scott in all of his activities and attended every event he could. Scott could always count on Dad for a ride, an audience and lots of feedback afterwards.
Neil was involved in the Roblin Chamber of Commerce; the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association; the Roblin Lions Club; the Roblin Curling Club, and the early years at the Roblin Golf Course. Neil was a proud Mason and served as Master of the Roblin Masonic Lodge and a member of the Yorkton Masonic Lodge. Neil volunteered as a Handi-van driver, auctioneer for charity and spend countless hours in the Roblin Personal Care Home sharing stories with friends or staff.
Neil was a great story teller. There wasn’t a person he met that he didn’t share a story with. Neil surrounded himself with lifelong friends, and always had room in his big heart for the new ones he made along the way. Neil was a sponge for knowledge, and if he didn’t know the answer to a question, he would find it out. Neil loved to laugh, and when he did he would light up a room. Neil was game for anything, even trying out aerobics. Neil loved to take pictures, and give them as gifts. Neil was the best at finding the perfect gifts for his friends, and family. Out of town relatives and friends looked forward to visits to the farm because Neil would have an adventurous trip planned and he always took the scenic route.
Neil is survived by his beloved wife Anna and cherished son Scott; his sister-in-law Betty Hird; his brother in-law Harry Gowerluk; several nieces and nephews; his cousins Joyce Wagner of Harrison Hot Springs B.C., Faye Kreb of Salmon Arm B.C., and Jim Stewart of Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his mother Isobel (2011), brother Norman (2011), and father Jim (2000); his mother and father-in-law Evelyn and Axel Kruse; his sister-in-law Eleanor Gowerluk; and his brother-in-law Ed Hird.
Neil died peacefully at the Roblin District Health Centre with Anna and Scott at his side in the early morning on January 17, 2018.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Roblin Community Centre with Reverend Jan Temple-Jones and Reverend David Jones officiating. Interment followed at the Roblin District Cemetery. Those who so desire may make memorial donations to the Roblin and District Health Care Auxiliary for use in Palliative Care as tokens of remembrance. To leave a note of condolence please visit Nairn-chyzfuneralhome.com