Donald Robert Stewart (CPO1 Retired) MMM, CD

March 29, 1940 - March 7, 2023
March 11, 2023 16 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with broken hearts that the family of Donald Robert Stewart announce his passing on March 7, 2023. 

Don is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Faye (aka Martha), his children Trent (Anna), Terrence (Caroline), Tracey and Treena (Rick). His grandchildren and buddies Bobby, Brendan, Merak, Jesse, Whitney (Adam), Ashleigh (Matherin), and Great Grandson Grayson. He is also survived by his sister Muriel and brother in law Marvin, and their children. Also survived by his best friends of over 60 years Terry and Audrey Kraushar and their children Devan and Stacey. Don was predeceased by his sister Joan in 2006. 

Don worked as an Electrician taking the family overseas to Norway and Algeria prior to coming back to Canada to work for the Alberta Apprenticeship Board as a Program Development Officer for 22  years until he retired in 1997. 

Chief Petty Officer Don Stewart was a very proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy where he met his loving wife Faye and best friend HT. After leaving the Regular Force for employment and adventures that took him and Faye to exciting places and times, Don rejoined the Navy at HMCS Nonsuch after moving to Edmonton with his family in 1975. Don rose to be Coxswain of the unit. Throughout his career in the Navy, he made significant contributions both organizationally and to many shipmates of all ranks and positions. Don was a trusted advisor to senior and junior officers, peers and sailors alike. In recognition of his exceptional service, Don was appointed a Member of the Order of Military Merit.

Even after “retirement”, Don continued to contribute as a volunteer in the Naval community working for organizations, and on events and projects over many years. Most notable of the projects Don led can be seen in the Navy history included in the Griesbach neighborhood, in respect of which Don’s contributions were recognized by a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. He was a member of the Edmonton Salutes committee supporting the military community, members and families, for more than 10 years. The Canadian Navy, and broader military community, was a very big part of Don and his family’s lives, as demonstrated by the fact that all four of his children spent time in the Navy and Naval Reserve and his son continues to serve in the Canadian Army.

The family would like to thank all the medical professionals who helped along the way and the amazing staff at the Norwood Palliative Care unit for the care and grace in his final days. 

We will be celebrating the amazing life that Don lived on April 15, 2023 at 1:30pm at HMCS Nonsuch located at 11807 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.  

Members of the military and first responders are welcome to attend in uniform.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Capital Care Norwood Palliative Care Unit 10410-111 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5G 3A2 in Don’s name.

  1. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

  2. Treena I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It sounds like he lived an amazing life and I want to humbly thank him for his many years of service to Canadians. Hugs and condolences to you and your family.

  3. Our condolences to the family and may his memories be cherished forever.

  4. My deepest sympathies to you all. I’ll miss hearing his voice on the phone.

  5. Sincere condolences.

  6. So sorry to hear of Don passing ❤️

  7. A truly remarkable man whose smile, laughter, and wit were infectious. My most sincere condolences are not enough for a man that I had the pleasure to call a friend. Faye and the family, I will remember you alongside Don in my thoughts always.

  8. Treena, I’m sorry for the loss of your condolences to you and your family. Sending love and light in the upcoming days.

  9. Condolences to the family. I have fond memories of Chief Stewart during my time at HMCS Nonsuch.

  10. Treena and Rick,
    I wish we could be there for you, I know how much he meant to both of you and Treena, we are always “daddy’s girls” so it must be so hard. Much love.

  11. My deepest condolences for the Stewart family. I have many great memories getting to know Don and Faye a long with all the family through my time in Cadets and the Naval Reserves. Don was a true gentleman and a great Coxn. I feel privileged to have known Don even for just a few short years. Fair winds and a following sea.

  12. My deepest condolences to to all who are mourning the loss of Don. May all the wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

  13. So sorry to hear of your loss . Our sincere condolences to Faye and the family . I meet Donald a few times at Treena and Rick’s home and was thoroughly entertained with his stories . May you Rest In Peace in your next journey.

  14. Treens I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time.

  15. Dear Faye & Family,
    My sincerest condolences to you. Don was a treasured friend of my father & was so helpful to me when he passed away in 2013. They shared a love of all things RCN and involvement at HMCS Nonsuch. My thoughts are with you.
    Kindest Regards,
    Lorena (nee McCrimmon)

  16. Our thoughts and prayers to the Stewart family and friends as you celebrate Don’s life and grieve his passing. Don’s youngest daughter Treena is our sister-in-law and we have had the privilege of getting to know Don & Faye and the Stewart family over the years. Don was always such an encouragement to us. For instance, he would often compliment us for being good parents. He always asked how things were going at the church I pastor and even made a model-scale ship cannon for us when we did a sermon series with a naval theme. Don was a dedicated family man who loved his family, enjoyed being with people, travelling and served his country with pride and skill. He even took the time one Saturday to rewire the lights in my old 1976 motorhome and we never had problems with it since. Just a few of our memories of Don … he touched a lot of lives. May God’s peace be with him and the Stewarts.

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