Memorable Manitobans: Craig Stewart (1928-2009)
Born at Portage la Prairie on 4 April 1928 to Keith Stewart and Jeannette Stout, he grew up in Portage and, following school, lived for a short time in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1951 he moved to Minnedosa to become the office manager for Wilton Motors. In 1957, he 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. He sold Stewart Motors in the mid-1970s. From 1979 to 1988 he owned and operated Minnedosa Insurance Services.
He was first elected as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament in the 1968 general election, serving the Marquette riding, and was re-elected in 1972 and 1974 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.
In 1956 he married Maxine Mickey Switzer, daughter of Ted and Elfred Switzer of Newdale. They had five children. In 1988, he married Isabel Hyde from Portage la Prairie. 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 the Minnedosa town council, in the 1960s as a Councilor and Deputy Mayor, and later as Mayor (1980 to 1983) during Minnedosa’s centennial celebration. He was a member of the National Parole Board from 1984 to 1990.
He died at Minnedosa on 1 January 2009 after a brief illness.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 2009.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 November 2017
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