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Obituary for Rev. Robert "Bob" Earle Stewart

Rev. Robert Earle “Bob” Stewart of Yarmouth passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Meadows Home for Special Care on February 16, 2024. Born January 14, 1938 in Yarmouth, he was a son to the late Harold and Dorothy (Roy) Stewart. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Bob was a gregarious man, active in his community, and everyone who knew him appreciated (groaned at) his continuous supply of jokes and subtle (quirky) humour. He had an easy and natural way with people.

Bob had many and varied accomplishments over the years. He spent many years in the radio industry, including at CJLS Yarmouth and as station manager at CFAB Windsor NS in the 1960s. He also volunteered with and produced content for community cable in Yarmouth. For several years he owned and operated the Milton Bookshop, an iconic and popular north-end Yarmouth bookshop and lunch counter. Bob and Jackie also started The Gospel Ship Christian Bookstore that was originally on Main Street in Yarmouth. For 10 years, he was a Canada Post letter carrier in Yarmouth. Bob was ordained in the Ministry and ministered to several congregations in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Bob was recognized in 1993 by the Navy League of Canada with a Meritorious Service Award, presented to him for his dedication to and work with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets program over a period of more than 30 years. He served with several Sea Cadet corps in Nova Scotia, including as Commanding Officer of RCSCC 92 Chebogue in Yarmouth, where he started as a cadet in the 1940s, achieving the highest cadet rank of Chief Petty Officer. His last post was as Commanding Officer of RCSCC 26 Cornwallis; at his retirement ceremony in 1993 he was presented with the Meritorious Service Award.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Jacqueline “Jackie” (Moore); daughters Debbie (James) Dussault and Pam (Bruce) Surette; sons Steven (Mary-Lou), Marc (Julie), and Peter (Sharon); 13 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Joyce. Aside from his parents he was predeceased by brothers Douglas and Alan; grandchildren Nathan Surette and Jocelyn Stewart.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to staff of The Meadows for their kind and attentive care.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the Sweeny’s Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday February 23, 2024 at Evangel Assembly Church in Yarmouth, Rev. Nathan Hill officiating. Interment will take place in Chebogue Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jocelyn Stewart Foundation. Online condolences may be left at