Visitation

7-9 pm Friday

Service

2 pm Saturday, September 24 at London Gospel Temple Family Church, 288 Commissioners Road

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Donations

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Christian Children's Fund of Canada or March of Dimes Canada would be gratefully acknowledged. Please remit your donation directly to the charity and complete the form below to notify family of your contribution.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

Melvin Stewart

Death Notice

It is with much sorrow we announce the passing of Melvin Francis Stewart at the age of 83 on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in London. The youngest of 4, Melvin was born during the great depression on March 7, 1928 in rural Saskatchewan. He never let life's obstacles stand in his way and accomplished many astonishing things in his long life. Mel was educated at London South Collegiate and Sarnia Business College. He dabbled in real estate, developed and built nursing homes, owned and operated the Organ Company of Canada, a manufacturing enterprise, in London and even devoted several years later in his working life to Christian Children's Fund of Canada as a fundraiser. In fact, it was during his tenure there, that he participated in a "bike a thon" to raise funds for CCF - a trek that took him all the way from Halifax to Toronto at the tender age of 63. He was a devoted and passionate member of London Gospel Temple, where he served a term as Sunday School Superintendent. Melvin, or "Mel" as his family and friends knew him, cherished his many summers spent at his lakefront cottage in the quaint village of Bayfield and even lent his creative talents to a capital campaign designed to save the town's historic town hall. A man of many talents and creative vision, Mel loved his family, never met a stranger, adored antiques and cherished long walks on the beach with his trusty sidekick "Bill the cat". He will be missed. Mel is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Marilyn Elizabeth Stewart (Bonnar); son, Mark William Stewart, daughter-in-law, Kristi June, and grandson, Brendan Charles Stewart; daughter, Mary Lynne Stewart St. John, son-in-law, Neil, grandson, Stewart Andrew and granddaughter, Emma Grace St. John; many loving nieces and nephews and his cats, Thomas and Molly. Brother of the late David Laverne Stewart, Rev. Gerald Rae Stewart, and Dorothy Gertrude Anderson. Visitation on Friday from 7-9 pm at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted at London Gospel Temple Family Church, 288 Commissioners Rd., London on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Robert Smith, with reflections by Rev. Robert Huyzen. Private interment Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Christian Children's Fund of Canada or March of Dimes Canada would be gratefully acknowledged.