Graeme Stewart, age 90, passed away on Dec 7th 2012 with two of his children at his bedside, in his home in Lockeford, CA.
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He was born in Portland Oregon, November 1, 1922. His father was William Edgar Stewart, M.D. He attended school where he graduated and then completed two-years at Oregon State before leaving and following his passion of ranching on his family ranches in northern California. After purchasing his own ranch in Doris, Ca., he expanded to a second ranch in Redding, Ca., where he met his wife Jackie, of 60 yrs., married in 1952. He had a successful career in training and showing horses throughout North America. During a 5yr stint of ranching in British Columbia, Canada, he was honored to meet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. After winning the Open Cutting Horse Competition at the Calgary Stampede, he was asked by the Royal Family to tour Britain with his champion horses.
His raising, training, and teaching all aspects of horsemanship continued back in the U.S.A. until 1978 where he settled in Lodi, Ca., and became the Lodi Grape Festival Manager in 1978 - 1992. His passions in life were his wife and family and all things horses. One of his many achievements and honors, and the high point in his career was being inducted into The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his sister Pat Stewart of Portland, Or., his children Roberta Trujillo of Montrose, Co., Don (Vicki) Stewart of Melbourne, Fl., Carol Stewart of Williamsburg, Va., Grandsons Matt Stewart of Ct., Eric Aalbue of Co., Granddaughters Kelly Aalbue of Co., Michelle (Romulo) Maciel of Va., and Sarah Stewart of Az., and Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Parents, sons William and Robert, and his wife Jackie.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial visitation and book signing on December 15th at Lodi Funeral Home from 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Lodi Funeral Home
725 South Fairmont Lodi, CA 95240
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18, 2012