STEWART, Russell Atton December 17, 1921 - April 10, 2021 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Russell Stewart at Harwood Manor, North Battleford with his family by his side. He was 99 years of age. Russell was born at home in Gallivan, Sask to Frank and Annie (nee Atton) Stewart on December 17, 1921. The first two children, unfortunately his younger brother Lawrence succumbed to whooping cough at 2 months old. He lived most of his young life on the farm in Gallivan and attended Gallivan School until his last two years of school where he attended Cutknife High School, 8 miles by horseback every day. He joined the Air Force in 1942 and was stationed in various parts of Canada. He was trained as a flight engineer and joined the crew of Amphibian Canso as a flight sergeant. The second flight engineer on his place was Arnold Giles from Prince Albert, and they remained family friends until Arnold passed. They patrolled the West Coast from Alaska to the mid -USA. Many flights were ten hours in the air. A part of Russell's life that he was very proud of and always cherished. He married his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hardy in Gallivan United Church on October 16, 1944. It was a "Wartime Wedding" as Russell returned to camp 3 days after. Upon discharge in 1946, he followed in his father's footsteps and spent the next 8 years farming in Gallivan district with his father until he purchased his own homestead at Riding Hill. Here they raised a family of 3 sons - Larry Gordon, 1947, Glenn Russell, 1949 and Kenneth Neil, 1954. Russell will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his 3 sons and their families: Larry (Suzanne) and children Jeff, Shelene, Erin and their families; Glenn (Donna) and children Shantel, Bradley, Brian and their families and Kenneth (Audrey) and children Brent, Jennifer, Kimberly and their families. He leaves behind numerous extended family and friends, too numerous to name. Russell was predeceased by his parents, Annie and Frank Stewart, an infant brother, Lawrence, his wife Dorothy and Daughter-in-law Joan Stewart. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Harwood Manor in North Battleford for the amazing care he received over the past few months. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cutknife United Church or to the Cutknife Legion, care of Kenneth Stewart, Box 277, Cutknife, Sask. A graveside memorial service will be held for Russell at the beautiful setting of Rockhaven Family Cemetery on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm. It will be outdoors and social distancing will be the case. __________________________________________________
Published in The Battlefords News-Optimist from Apr. 22 to May 22, 2021.