Richard “Dick” Stewart, BSc(Agr)’49, BCom’49

Richard “Dick” Stewart passed away on May 12, 2020, at the age of 94.

Born at Kelowna General Hospital on April 8, 1926, Dick was one of four children raised by Richard (Dick) and Mary (Whitworth) Stewart. His parents’ generosity and support for others became the values that Dick upheld his entire life. He was introduced to the benefits of teamwork through adventures shared with childhood friends, and to his love of music through time spent singing in choirs and performing in musicals as a boy.

Dick was a dedicated scholar at Kelowna High School and enlisted in the Armed Forces after graduating. After the war, he headed to UBC with his brother Jim and his dear friend Dave Leckie, graduating with a double major in Agriculture and Commerce.

After graduation, Dick worked in his father’s nursery and orchard business, Stewart Brothers Nursery, and met Rosemary Boswell, a pretty, auburn-haired girl who worked at the nearby trucking company. Eventually, he captured her heart and hand, and they married in 1956, raising four children.

Dick had a keen interest in grape growing and his family opened Quails’ Gate Estate Winery in 1989 on a farm site he had purchased in 1956 in West Kelowna. Dick was proud of his heritage, his community, his family, and his business. He was a member of Kelowna City Council from 1968-1972 and the UBC Board of Governors from 1981-1987. He loved his hometown and felt a deep responsibility to serve the community.

He leaves behind his wife Rosemary, children Ben, Cynthia (Scott) Walker, Andrea (Dave) McFadden, Tony (Lisa), 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous much-loved nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Bill and Jim, sister Kathleen and grandson Andrew.