William “Bill” Stewart

STEWART, William W. “Bill” …

Passed away in his 84th year on Monday, May 15th, 2023 at Westmount Gardens, London. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia (nee Knights) Stewart and their only child Janice Louise Stewart, of Dundas, his sister Ann Pickering of Chatham, sister-in-law Nancy Wilkinson (Stuart) of London and brother-in-law Bob Knights of Blenheim and several nieces and nephews.

In 1958 at the age of 18, Bill was hired by the Chatham Daily News as a Cub Reporter which led to a long career in Journalism, working briefly for the Windsor Star and moving on to the London Free Press in 1962. Within a few weeks he became a beat reporter covering agriculture and military affairs. Bill retired in 1996 from the London Free Press as a Newsroom Manager.

Bill was former kinsmen in Blenheim and London, a director of the Eastern Canadian Farm Writers Federation, a past president of the London City Press Club (1965), Vice-chairman of the London Free Press Employees Association, and a 59-year member of Blenheim Branch 185 Royal Canadian Legion. He was an avid fisherman, wood worker and gardener.

At Bill’s request there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex Inc. 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at www.cremationlondon.com

  1. Dear Pat and Janice. I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. He was often a visitor to our house when I was growing up, I know my Mom and Dad loved him.

    Sincerely, Karen Richards ( daughter of Bill and Dora Jean Smith.)

  2. Mrs. Stewart & Janice,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sorry to hear of Mr. Stewart’s passing. He was part of the Widmore history – always having a smart remark for us kids as we walked or cycled by, or when I stopped into the Press to see mom. My deepest condolences.

  3. Dear Pat and Janice. I am sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. I remember him from all our years of camping at Trillium Woods Trailer Park and my many trips to London to your house.

    Thinking of you
    Cheryl (Mathers) O’Brien

  4. My condolences to you at this very sad time. I can’t help but smile when I think of Bill, always good for a wisecrack and a cold one. He was a really good woodworker, too. I still have some of his work standing proudly in my yard.
    May your memories of Bill be a comfort and blessing to you.

  5. Dear Pat and Janice. Donna Shulist let me know of Bill’s passing and I offer my deepest sympathy. We spent many good years as your neighbour and I and my sons have fond memories of you. I hope one day we can meet up again in person. Sincerely, Avril, Steve & Mark.

  6. Bill, the admiration you earned in your life and news career rises miles above the height of your head

  7. Dear Pat & Janice – We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. He will be missed by many. Many your many happy memories help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Hugs, Ann & Jack

  8. Pat, Janice and family;
    We were sorry to learn of the passing of Bill. We are sorry for the loss and know that he is missed by many friends in the London and Blenheim areas.

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