Nov. 26, 1920 — June 19, 2005
It is with deep regret, much love and cherished memories that we mark the passing of our father, grandfather and friend, John S. Stewart. Born November 26, 1920 in Craigellachie, Scotland, he passed quietly June 19th at Chilliwack Hospital. He was 84.
As a young man, Jock had a distinguished war career as a paratrooper with the SAS serving in Italy, North Africa and the Balkans. The third of four boys, Jock returned to the University of Aberdeen to earn an Honours degree in languages, majoring in French and German.
Later, as a member of the Sudan Political Service, he mastered Arabic and applied Arabic law as a District Commissioner in South Sudan where he was respected for his principled and honourable decisions. His memoirs were fondly and cleverly recounted in his book “Jungle Jock’s Sudan”.
Immigrating to Canada in 1967 with his wife and two children, Jock started his teaching career in French at Agassiz High School before relocating to Chilliwack Junior High. He developed life-long friendships with a number of students and maintained close relationships with many in the community. The three musketeers are now two — you’re on your own to fight over the bill.
Jock pursued his love of travel and adventure in his retirement years and visited every continent except Antarctica. An avid gardener, the bounty from his garden was enjoyed by family and friends alike.
Jock was predeceased by his deeply beloved wife, Evelyn, and his brothers, Edward and Ali. His youngest brother, Gerald, still resides in Scotland.
The memory of his experiences, love and generosity will remain with his children, Charles and Anne, his children-in-law, Cindy and John, and his loving grandchildren, Ian, Megan, Ross, Craig and Andrew. Jock will be remembered for his abundant garden, his glorious stories, and his generosity with both. He will be truly missed.
A Memorial Service is planned for 10:00 am on Saturday, June 25th, at Chilliwack United Church, 45835 Spadina Ave., Chilliwack, Reverend Jack Horricks officiating.
If family and friends so desire, donations can be made in his name to the SPCA.