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    - Shirley Mann
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    - Patrick Gullane
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STEWART, Dr. Irwin Fraser
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Irwin Fraser Stewart on June 5, 2017 in New Westminster, BC surrounded by his family. Born October 20, 1930 in Swan River, Manitoba, Irwin is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Lois. Father to Rob (Kathy), Margaret (Trevor), and Jamie (Laurie). Grandfather to Nathan, Lauren, Nadine, Sarah, Ben, Fraser, Emma and Kate. Brother to Shirley Mann of Fraser Lake, BC; Ross (Noreen) Stewart of White Rock, BC; and the late Edna Sutherland of Grand Forks, BC. Irwin Stewart will forever be remembered for his service to the community, particularly in the medical field and in the areas of children and youth. He was awarded the Order of Canada (2001) and the Order of British Columbia (2002) to recognize his efforts to bring health care to remote and underserved communities in BC, the Yukon and the developing world. Irwin and Lois spearheaded many overseas humanitarian health projects and dedicated much of their retirement to improving Hearing Health Care in Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe and Uganda. Locally, they were involved in numerous organizations - Shiloh United Church youth group, the Junior Salmonbellies, UBC Rowing, and the Vancouver Oral School for the Deaf. Irwin was a dedicated member of Rotary International and served as the Chairman of the Rotary Youth Exchange Committee for many years in addition to serving as President, Rotary Club of New Westminster (1989/90) and District Governor (1993/94). He was a Paul Harris Fellow, a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self award, and the first ever to receive the Donald MacRae Peace Award, recognizing and honouring outstanding achievement. Irwin and Lois were truly a dynamic couple who together made an impact on many lives. Dr. Stewart was recognized as a pioneer in the medical profession, was a full Clinical Professor at UBC, Head of Otolaryngology, Professor Emeritus, and a member of the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS), and was presented with the prestigious Mosher Award (1981) by the American Triologic Society. He also served as president or board member for the following: BC Otolaryngology Society, BC Hearing Aid Board, BC College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology and numerous Federal Task Forces (Canada Health and Welfare Department). He was truly dedicated to health care in New Westminster, serving as Saint Mary's Hospital - Chief of Staff (1976 - 1981) and Saint Mary's Health Foundation (Chair 2003 - 2014). Irwin will forever be remembered as a humble and kind humanitarian. A Memorial Service in celebration of a beautiful life will be held at Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Avenue, New Westminster on Saturday, July 8 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Rotary Foundation of Canada (PO Box 493, New Westminster, BC, Canada, V3L 4Y8) to support ongoing health care work in developing nations or The Saint Mary's Health Foundation ( to support local health care initiatives, in Dr. Irwin Stewart's memory.


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