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STEWARD, Terry David

April 7, 1940 – Calgary, Alberta
October 14, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Terry Steward died at Agape Hospice on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 after a long illness in the company of his family. They will always remember him as a loving and energetic presence in their lives.

Terry was born in Calgary and lived in Rosedale during his early years. He later moved to Kelowna with his parents Doris and Joe Steward and lived there until he graduated from high school. He lived in Vancouver for a while and worked for United Press International (UPI). He then married Ruth and they had two sons Lonny and Lance. In the 1960s Terry established a weekly newspaper in Manning in northern Alberta. He later moved back to Kelowna and worked as a reporter and columnist at the Kelowna Courier. In 1973, after his marriage to Ruth ended, Terry moved on to The Calgary Herald where he met Gillian. They were married in 1976 and Terry adopted Gillian’s daughter, J’Val, as his own.

Terry worked at the Calgary Herald for several years in different capacities. He left The Herald to take a position as media manager for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. He was so proud of the fact that he escorted 12-year-old Robyn Perry to the bottom of the steps that led up to the Olympic Cauldron so she could run up and light the Olympic Flame to start the opening ceremonies. After the Olympics Terry and his partner Grant Howard set up a successful public relations firm.

Terry’s last career choice was directed by his heart and would become a life altering passion. He went to work at Woods Homes and, at first, was their public relations and fund raising director. But he become so fond of the many young people that found their way to Woods that he began counseling them about drug and alcohol abuse, a subject with which he was very familiar. He helped many of them find supportive networks in the community so they would always have somewhere to turn.
Terry is survived by his wife Gillian, sons Lonny (Val), and Lance (Liz), and daughter J’Val; five grandchildren, Nicole, Joe, Jane, Samantha, and Esmé; sister Gail (Greg); brother-in-law Michael; nieces Natalie, Tara, and Becky; and nephews Cameron, Colin and Kelly. Terry was predeceased by parents Joe and Doris, and his brother Don.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at The Southern Alberta Pioneers Memorial Building (3625 4 Street SW, Calgary). Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Woods Homes ( or Agape Hospice ( The family would also like to thank all the many, many health care providers who always treated Terry with so much kindness and compassion. It was deeply appreciated by Terry and will long be remembered by the family.

In living memory of Terry Steward, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Yvonne Zacharias :

    So sorry to hear about Terry. I remember him well from my days at the Calgary Herald. He was a good, solid newsman with a great personality.

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  2. Yvonne Zacharias :

    I remember Terry well from my days at the Calgary Herald. Sorry to hear about his passing. He was a good newsman with a great personality.

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  3. My deepest condolences on your loss. I cannot fathom the void left by this remarkable individual who, during the brief time I knew him, seemed to have more heart, more passion and more empathy than could be contained in a single man. He was my instructor at MRC at a time when I was questioning my ability to become a journalist. Terry helped me believe in myself, and the way he conducted himself — with integrity, commitment, thoughtfulness and humble informality — made me want to be a newsman like him. I really thought: If all newsmen are like Terry, I need to become one, too. I would soon learn: There is no one like Terry. Like Terry, I would go on to have a long career in journalism, followed by a career in communications. I’ve done well. I love what I do. And it’s not overstating the fact when I say that it was all made possible because of the time, training and, most of all, encouragement that Terry provided a 19-year-old kid almost 30 years ago. I’ll always remember him. I’ll always be grateful to him. And every time I now mentor a student, and give him or her that extra bit of time, and a well-placed compliment or kind word, I’ll do so as a way to say thank you to Terry. Oh, how I wished our paths had crossed one more time. I would have liked to have shared a beer with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.

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  4. Linda McKay-Panos :

    Dear Gillian and family;
    I am so sorry Terry died. We now share this sad bond, which I will never forget. You are in my thoughts. Love, Linda

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  5. Bob & Lynda McGowan :

    We are sorry for your loss of such a good father, husband, brother, friend, counselor.
    As friends of Terry’s sister Gail, we had the privilege of meeting Terry a number of years ago.
    It was obvious that Gail loved her older brother. She was proud of him and it showed.
    As time passes you will have less pain and there will be more comfort from your memories.
    You will always carry him with you in that special place in your heart.

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  6. Brian Brennan :

    Terry was a generous and compassionate colleague. He was working the desk one night at the old Herald building downtown when I took ill after a concert and was unable to finish my review. Terry phoned a cab for me, and told me not to worry about the review or the fact that the Albertan would get the jump on us. “Your health is more important,” he said as he helped me to the door. The following day he left a bottle of Scotch on my desk, along with a note wishing me well. I wish I had kept that note. He was one special guy. So sorry for your loss, Gillian and J’Val.

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  7. Brenda Seasons (Southam) :

    Kind, caring, encouraging, supportive and open. Open to providing chances, open to seeing potential. Terry gave me a shot when others wouldn’t. We thrived on early mornings and often a late night. Though we lost touch when our directions changed, I’ve never forgotten the friendship and care he shared with me.
    I frequently run by a house he and Gillian used to own and always think of our time together at The Herald with very fond memories. Thank you Terry. You helped give me something special and you will be missed.
    My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.

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  8. Karen Patterson :

    Hi Gillian, J’val and Esme,

    Our condolences from Hannah and myself. Since visiting your home on a regular basis since arriving back to Calgary in 2011, he was always there and would say hi and ask me questions, especially sometimes he would ask about China. He was a brilliant man, and that came through in conversation with him. He will be missed, but we all have great memories to share and remember of him. Hugs to you all.

    Karen and Hannah

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  9. Grant & Judy Howard :

    Terry was one of the finest men that Judy and I had the privilege to know not only on a personal level but also in business. His heart was immense as was his sense of humour and love of life. His physical presence is passed but his soul will live on in the memories of the many lives he touched. To his immediate family he leaves behind, take solace in the simple fact that he will always be known as ” a good man”.

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  10. david horricks :

    Dear Gillian and Family,

    My heartfelt condolences for your immense loss. We have not met but I worked for time with Terry at Woods Homes and have only fond memories of a remarkable human being. He self described himself as a civil libertarian but was more accurately a humanitarian. One of the real “good guys”! Not many people attain a level of functioning that gives without condition; without ego and for the pure joy of making a positive difference in strangers lives – Terry did this every day! I watched him interact with the young and old demonstrating genuineness, kindness, honesty and skill. Terry and I shared discussion about our mutual struggles with addiction and as a 25 year survivor I can say he made it just a little bit easier at critical decision points in my life and I will always be grateful for his gentle and sometimes subtle wise words that often took some time to truly understand. I have lost touch with Terry over the years as I moved away from Calgary some time ago, but when I think of those days he is always one who brings a smile. An exceptional human being and a huge loss for all of us he touched.

    david horricks

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  11. So sorry to hear the sad news of Terry’s passing. I will always remember him as a man who truly ‘walked the talk.’ Terry’s deeply-held commitment to doing the right thing – even when it might fly in the face of officialdom – was inspiring to me, a young guy who had the tremendous good luck to work under his leadership in the media department at the XV Olympic Winter Games. I will never forget Terry fighting to ensure a young Olympic volunteer suffering from HIV/AIDS would not be cast aside due to unfounded fears about the disease. Terry literally adopted this young man into the media department and made sure he could serve as a volunteer in the Olympic media centre during the Games. I remember the young man and how proud he was to participate as a volunteer; despite his late-stage illness. Terry truly embodied the values of compassion and integrity. He was one of the best and I will not forget the lessons he taught. My sincere condolences to Gillian and family.

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  12. J’Val, Jillian, Esme,

    I’ve been thinking about Terry this past week. Here’s what I remember most and liked best.

    He always called me Jude, in the casual way he had with words that made you feel at ease.

    When J’Val and I were teenagers, he was that parent who always knew what we were up to. I really felt we couldn’t slip anything past him and that nothing would shock him. In hindsight, it was comforting to know he was looking out for us.

    He always laughed at whatever I told him, and it made me want to tell him more.

    I know you’ll miss him so much. He was a great man and helped so many people.

    Judy (Adam, Saul, Noah and Lily)

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  13. Gillian, J’Val and family,
    Terry’s smile is what got to me. It was not only infectious, it hinted at the fact that that he was up for almost anything. It was a dare that I might chicken-out before he did. I am so thankful that he was in my life. He brightened many of my days. I recall especially the fall of 1992, when he tried to bring some sanity to my run for the leadership of the PC party. I cannot think of that time without his experience, guidance, knowledge, connections, friendship and easy smile. May you find comfort in the fact that I was just one of many who respected and loved him. My heart and prayers go out to you. Heather sends her love.

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  14. Suzanne Zwarun :

    Dear Gillian and J’val: I just learned of Stu’s death. I was so sorry to hear of it. My heartfelt sympathy. If it was a long illness you have all been thru a very hard time and my thoughts go out to you. He was such a large part of my life, such an influence on me that I very much share your grief.

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  15. Dear Gillian, J’Val and family,
    Terry was a sweet, wonderful man, an admired colleague and a great friend.
    Everyone I know liked him a lot. He had a heart as big as all outdoors.
    One time he was watching tv coverage of bad floods in the US. He got on a plane and went there to load sandbags. Stu left everything better than he found it.
    Nancy and I are so sad and offer you all our sympathy.

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  16. A wonderful guy with a big heart and a deep inner strength. His passing is a great loss to his family and all his friends.

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  17. An all-time all-star who was a huge part of my life in my second tour with The Herald in the late 70s. Colleague, teammate, neighbor and mostly a fast friend with a huge heart — Terry had it all. Wish I could have made it out there today.

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  18. Janice Paskey :


    It was wonderful to meet Terry through the lovely photographic and verbal tributes at the memorial. He made a difference, and you do, too. See you soon.


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  19. Gillian – so sorry to read of Terry’s illness and passing. This is a difficult time for you and I wanted you to know I was thinking of you.

    Please accept my sincere condolences.


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  20. Sorry for the lateness of this post. I came across a business card of Terry’s tonight as I was organizing my office, then found this sad news. Terry was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met in my life. I worked with him about 25 years ago when he helped with the Law Society’s communications. At a time when legions of movie-goers were cheering a lawyer being eaten by a T-Rex in Jurassic Park, we were tasked with making people “like lawyers”. Terry had a wonderful sense of humour, a gentle spirit, and was a straight-shooter who I greatly admired. I am grateful I had the opportunity to meet and work with him. I ran into him years later when he was working with Woods Homes and he had clearly found a cause he was passionate about. He made the world a better place.

    I am very sorry for your loss, and send love to all who loved him.

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