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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Woods Homes (www.woodshomes.ca) or Agape Hospice (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences