STEWART QC, Charles R. (Charlie)
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January 25, 1950 - December 14, 2012
Charlie Stewart beloved husband of Christine of Calgary, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the age of 62 years. With sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Charlie after a year and a half courageous battle with cancer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Charlie came to Calgary to settle in the 'new' community of Meadowlark Park. After a childhood and adolescence filled with mischievous fun, Charlie attended the University of Alberta, graduating in 1975 with a law degree. He proceeded to London, England, earning a Masters of Law from the London School of Economics. During this time and for many years after, Charlie's sense of adventure saw him explore countries far and wide, including Ecuador, Kenya, Nicaragua, and most of Europe. He was a natural athlete; skier, mountain climber, and cyclist. Despite the nickname 'Vacation Stewart', amusingly conferred upon him by several justices, Charlie was passionate about his career as a criminal defense lawyer. He was the ultimate barrister taking on unpopular causes in the fight for justice. He was diligent, hard- working and all of his clients knew it and felt confident with Charlie as their counsel. He was a force in the court room and commanded the respect of all other parties and the judiciary. He always maintained excellent relationships not only with opposing counsel, but with the police, investigators and witnesses. Charlie was a mentor to many young lawyers and a teacher to police agencies. Charlie was devoted to his family. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Christine, daughters Emilie and Brigitte, sister Elaine (Cal) Todd, sister-in-law, Elizabeth Sazie (Ken Brown), mother-in-law, Marie Sazie and nephews Timothy, Nathaniel and William. Charlie is predeceased by his mother Isabel, father Crawford and father-in-law Jack Sazie. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers and because of Charlie's love for western art and the beauty of Southern Alberta, donations may be forwarded to the Leighton Art Centre at www.leightoncentre.org and click on the 'support' link or mail to Leighton Centre, Box 9 Site 31, RR 8 Calgary, AB T2J 2T9. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Agape Hospice for the compassionate care given to Charlie. In living memory of Charlie Stewart, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19, 2012