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STEWART: Craig Stewart (1928-2009). Peacefully, on January 1, 2009 Donald Craig Stewart passed away in Minnedosa Hospital after a brief illness. Craig is survived by his caring wife Isabel; his children Allyson (Mike), Jennifer (David), Leslie (Larry), Elizabeth, and Keith (Laney); his grandchildren Brittany, Alyssa, Wyatt, Jacob, Connor, Michelle and Ryan; his Hyde family step-children Rick (Lucie), Linda (Ed), Doug (Sharalyn), Tom (Nancy), Bob (Laurel), Helen (Blaine); numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; his sister Effie, brother Gavin (Barbara); and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Keith and Jeanette and stepmother Bessie; his wife Mickey; sister Mary. Craig was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on April 4, 1928 to Keith and Jeannette Stewart (Stout). He grew up in Portage and following school lived for a short time in Edmonton where his two older sisters had moved. In 1951 Craig moved to Minnedosa to become the office manager for Wilton Motors, and it is here he would make his home. In 1956 Craig married Maxine “Mickey” Switzer, daughter of Ted and Elfred Switzer of Newdale. In 1957, Craig purchased the garage and it became Stewart Motors. At this time he added Massey Ferguson Implements and ran the business until 1968 when he was elected to the House of Commons. Craig sold Stewart Motors in the mid 70’s. Craig was first elected as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament in 1968 serving the Marquette riding and ran for three terms before retiring from politics in 1979. While a member, he served as Chairman of the Manitoba Caucus, on the external affairs and National Defence Committee, on the Agriculture Committee and one term as a Canadian Delegate for the United Nations. During his time in office he always made it a priority to commute home every week while the House of Commons was in session, spending the weekend with family before making the trip back to Ottawa. Craig was a very active community leader. He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, was a founding member and Past President of the Kinsmen Club, and a member of the Masons. He served twice on Town Council, in the 1960’s as a Councilor and Deputy Mayor, and later as Mayor (1980-1983) during Minnedosa’s 100th Centennial Celebration. From 1979 - 1988 Craig owned and operated Minnedosa Insurance Services and was a member of the National Parole Board from 1984 -1990. In 1988, Craig married Isabel Hyde from Portage la Prairie. Together they spent many winters in Florida, where they enjoyed countless visits from kids and grandkids. They were always happy to share the pleasures of their adopted winter home, and Craig especially enjoyed taking in baseball spring training. We will remember Dad as a kind man, always devoted to his family, and for his sense of humour. He will also be remembered as a fair and trusted man in his business and public service, always there to listen and offer advice to friends and colleagues. The family wishes to thank the staff from the Minnedosa Hospital and Home Care for the wonderful care he received. A memorial service will be held Monday January 5, 2009, 2:00 P.M. at the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Minnedosa Foundation, Box 183 Minnedosa, Manitoba, R0J 1E0. Minnedosa Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.
2009-01-03 issue of the Brandon Sun