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W. Stewart Ormiston
May 19, 1919 - August 18, 2012
Stewart, or Uncle Stew as we knew him, passed away at age 93 in Saskatoon. His spirit was strong to the end. One of four brothers, the boys grew up on a farm in Tantallon, in the beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley. Stewart worked at a number of jobs using his skill with machinery but stayed on the farm with his parents, Saskatchewan pioneers, and took care of his mother Ruth Ormiston until she died at age 96. He loved farming; the independence and the challenge. He got used to his own company and getting himself out of scrapes. Never a follower, he always had strong opinions and an innate curiosity and sharp sense of humour. Always a joke, always a poke, sometimes at your expense. He loved to talk and charm but sometimes covered that up with a thick hide and ferocious independence. In his retirement he bought an acreage outside Saskatoon, married late in life and divorced some time ago. He had a garage full of machinery and machinery parts and tools and disassembled small appliances. He never threw anything out because growing up in the Depression years, you made use of everything. Stewart was a very private man and never talked about his sponsorship of foster children overseas, his volunteer work helping foreign students learn English nor his contribution to repairs and maintenance at the church. Stewart had a strong Christian faith passed to him from his parents and was a member of Grosvenor Park United Church. Church suppers and gatherings were some of his favourite social times and he loved the dessert tray. Stewart has always been a part of our lives, sharing most of the special holidays with us. We admired his strong self-reliance, enjoyed his quips, and are grateful for all that he did for our grandparents. Stewart's youngest brother, Rev. James Ormiston of Naramata, predeceased him. He leaves his two brothers Pat (98) in Saskatoon and twin brother Russell (Claire) in Victoria; niece Judy Haight and her son Jimmy Haight (Jodi) and family, and her daughter Lisa Haight in Prince Albert; nieces Jeanne Ormiston (Brian) in Quebec, Elizabeth Ormiston in Saskatoon, Susan Ormiston (Keith Harradence) and family in London, U.K., Shelley Moore (Kevin) in Calgary and nephews Peter Ormiston (Tracy) and family in Yellowknife, Bill Ormiston in Naramata, and Charles Ormiston in Victoria. We would like to thank caregivers SusAnn and Marlyss for their devoted companionship as well as the staff at Porteous Lodge who had to find creative ways to provide services to this sometimes feisty resident. The funeral will take place on Friday, August 24 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Grosvenor Park United Church followed by a reception in the church hall. For Burial, Stewart will be taken home to his beloved hills in the Qu'Appelle Valley and laid to rest alongside his parents in Holar Cemetery, Tantallon, Saskatchewan. This Committal Service will take place on Monday August 27th 2012 at 2:30 pm and will be followed by a memorial tea at the Tantallon rink. Condolences may be sent to Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 2012
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