July 15, 1946 – August 26, 2014.
It is with great sadness we announce that Darrell Boyd Stewart, aka; Stubble, Wingnut, Wingy, lost his battle to cancer Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at home, surrounded by family.
Darrell was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him. Predeceased by his parents Lionel and Helen Stewart and brother David. Darrell leaves behind his best friend and wife Linda, daughter Stacey Stewart (Darren); grandchildren Kyle, Stephen, Isabelle and Chyanna, daughter Debbie Gibbs (Graham), grandchildren Jayden and Cienna, daughter Haley Sopracolle (Becket), grandchildren Connor and Jenna; extended grandchildren Tamara, Ryan, Colleen, Kayla and Brandon Blaney, brother Brian (Carol) and family, brother Ron (Caryl) and family, aunts, uncles and cousins along with many brother/sister in-laws, nieces, nephews and his countless friends.
Darrell was born in Maidstone, Saskatchewan July 15, 1946. Being raised on the family farm, he grew up learning the true value of hard work. At the young age of 15 he began his working career, starting out on the Leachman farm, where he developed a love for horses and the sport of horse racing. From there he would branch out in the construction trade and the oil industry. Darrell and Linda were married June 29, 1968 and the following year moved to Port Alberni, BC where he would find work with Coulson Prescott Logging; this is where his love for logging began. During their eight years in Port Alberni, Darrell and Linda’s family grew. They were blessed with 3 beautiful daughters Stacey, Debbie and Haley, as well as an amazing group of extended family friends. It was also during this time that he became interested in and volunteered as a member of the RCMP Auxiliary. His dream of becoming a member of the RCMP would become a reality, being sworn in May 30th 1977 in Port Alberni. That same afternoon he and his family left for Saskatchewan so that he could attend training in Regina. Unfortunately, because of a previous logging accident, Darrell was forced take a medical discharge due to nerve damage in his shoulder. The family would then return home to Maidstone where he worked alongside his dad on the family farm. Throughout these years of farming, his interests would grow to include cattle shows and sales, auctions, truck driving and involvement with the local hockey team. Darrell’s love of history became his passion and with hard work and dedication he played an instrumental role in purchasing the CN Station in Maidstone and establishing the Maidstone & District Museum.
In 1990 Darrell returned to the Island where he would leave his legacy in the logging industry. He spent most of his logging years working for Hayes Forest Services, Ted Leroy Trucking, Kurt Leroy Trucking and Dane Developments Ltd., all for whom he had a great respect. He was devoted to his work and all positions he held, from setting chokers to managing heli-logging operations. It would be in Darrell’s last few years that he would find his niche as a buyer in the Scrap Metal Industry, building lasting relationships while working for Steel Pacific Recycling.
All who knew Darrell will remember him for his kindness and his generosity, the giving of himself and of his time. We hold dear to us the special skill he had for building unique relationships with anyone who crossed his path, and it is these relationships that will forever keep his memory alive. Words cannot express our sincere gratitude for all the love and support we have received throughout this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the Canadian Red Cross.
Boyd’s Funeral Services offers online condolences to be made at www.campbellriverfunerals.com
Please join us in celebrating the life of Darrell Boyd Stewart. Family and friends will be gathering on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Eagles Hall, 1999-14th Avenue in Campbell River between 1:00pm and 4:00pm to remember and honour a man who made a real difference in the world for so many.
We welcome all who knew and loved Darrell, the King of Storytelling, to come and share with us their stories. For those of you unable to attend but have a story you would like to share, we would love to hear it. Please email it to us at email@example.com as it is these stories that help keep his memory alive.