Ian Affleck Stewart, of Ottawa, passed away October 24, 2014. He will be greatly missed by his life partner Gail (Ward), his sister Joan Chalmers Stewart, his son Rob (Sue Ellen Gahagan), his granddaughters Avery and Mackenzie, his daughter Jane (Stephen Tevlin), and his son Tim. He was predeceased by his brother William (1924-1952).
In his youth, Ian lived on Toronto's Centre Island, where he paddled and competed for the Island Canoe Club. He attended the University of Toronto Schools before studying economics at Queen's (1953). He subsequently studied, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Oxford, and later at Cornell, where he received his Ph.D. He taught at Dartmouth College before being asked to return to Canada to work on econometric model-building at the Bank of Canada. Called to public service he served faithfully in that capacity for the remainder of his life, including as Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, as Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, and as Deputy Minister of Finance. He served on the board of Voluntary Service Overseas and of the Social Research and Development Corporation and chaired the boards of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
He will be remembered by neighbourhood skaters for creating and maintaining over many years his side yard skating rink in Old Ottawa South, "Oak Leaf Gardens." In recent years, he spent many hours in his cottage workshop at Hurds Lake, restoring a series of canoes and vintage wooden boats.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Published in Ottawa Citizen on Oct. 27, 2014.