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STEWART QC, Charles R. (Charlie)

January 25, 1950 – December 14, 2012

Charlie Stewart beloved husband of Christine of Calgary, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the age of 62 years.

With sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Charlie after a year and a half courageous battle with cancer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Charlie came to Calgary to settle in the ‘new’ community of Meadowlark Park. After a childhood and adolescence filled with mischievous fun, Charlie attended the University of Alberta, graduating in 1975 with a law degree. He proceeded to London, England, earning a Masters of Law from the London School of Economics. During this time and for many years after, Charlie’s sense of adventure saw him explore countries far and wide, including Ecuador, Kenya, Nicaragua, and most of Europe. He was a natural athlete; skier, mountain climber, and cyclist.

Despite the nickname ‘Vacation Stewart’, amusingly conferred upon him by several justices, Charlie was passionate about his career as a criminal defense lawyer. He was the ultimate barrister taking on unpopular causes in the fight for justice. He was diligent, hard-working and all of his clients knew it and felt confident with Charlie as their counsel. He was a force in the court room and commanded the respect of all other parties and the judiciary. He always maintained excellent relationships not only with opposing counsel, but with the police, investigators and witnesses. Charlie was a mentor to many young lawyers and a teacher to police agencies.

Charlie was devoted to his family. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Christine, daughters Emilie and Brigitte, sister Elaine (Cal) Todd, sister-in-law, Elizabeth Sazie (Ken Brown), mother-in-law, Marie Sazie and nephews Timothy, Nathaniel and William. Charlie is predeceased by his mother Isabel, father Crawford and father-in-law Jack Sazie.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers and because of Charlie’s love for western art and the beauty of Southern Alberta, donations may be forwarded to the Leighton Art Centre at www.leightoncentre.org and click on the ‘support’ link or mail to Leighton Centre, Box 9 Site 31, RR 8 Calgary, AB T2J 2T9. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Agape Hospice for the compassionate care given to Charlie.

In living memory of Charlie Stewart, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Just passing our condolences on to Charles’ family. As a second or third cousin I met Charles once when he was studying in London, but have never met his family. I had stronger links with his mother who kept us abreast of developments.

    We send our best wishes from the UK at this difficult time. Words are never enough but hopefully some supportive thoughts will lighten the days.

    With warm wishes,
    Ian.

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  2. I am saddened to hear of Charlie’s passing and wish to offer my condolences. I am a retired Police Officer who on many occasions dealt with Charlie as Defence Counsel when I was a Detective particularly in the Sex Crimes Unit. Police officers often have which might be considered jaded opinions of lawyers in general yet that certainly was not the case when it came to Charlie. He was well respected and could be counted upon to treat everyone involved with respect and dignity. I would say however my partner at the time and I did have a good chuckle when a particular accused was remanded in custody for an extra month as Charlie was going to be off climbing in the Himalayas. He will be missed by all who knew him!
    Verne Fielder, Inspector (retired)
    Calgary Police Service

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  3. I am so sorry to hear of Charlie’s poor health and passing. Charlie represented Mike, my son, 22 years ago on a break and enter charge. Charlie heard us and scared the pants off the kid. First Charlie and Mike drove through east Calgary to see how some people chose to live; then Charlie requested a one day lockup for my son. Charlie picked Mike up and asked which path Mike was choosing? Changed this kid’s life. Mike now is 36 and has his own security company. Thankyou Charlie!
    I am so sorry he is gone. Remember him fondly; we do.

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  4. Linda Potter (Boulais) :

    Truly sorry to hear of the passing of Charlie. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I worked with Charlie when we were both with Spackman Matt and then I returned to the Department of Justice and continued to see him in the Courts. His quick wit and ready smile will be remembered by many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family

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  5. Jeremy Peressini :

    Charlie – you lived a life to be proud of. You were admired by your colleagues and loved by your family. Her face lights right up when Christine talks about some of the good times you had. You’re going to be missed and remembered fondly.

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  6. My deepest sympathies to you dear Chris,Emilie, Brigitte and other family on the passing of your beloved Charlie. I am keeping you all very much in my prayers and thoughts at this difficult time.

    With much love,

    Bev Ikeman

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  7. Dominique Prescott & Gary Newhouse :

    Dear Christine,
    Gary and I are deeply saddened to hear of Charlie’s passing and we wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you, Emily, Brigitte and your family. Our hearts go to you in these difficult times.
    Charlie was an amazing character, intelligent, strong and assertive; a real gentleman, a great father and husband. He will be missed by all who knew him. Charlie has passed to a better place now where there is no suffering, just beauty and peace. You can take comfort and strength from the wonderful daughters you and he had together. I know your love for each other will get you through this sad time. Please also know that we are here for you .
    Sending our love your way,
    Dominique and Gary

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  8. Agnès Carcenac :

    Toutes mes sincères condoléances. J’ai beaucoup de peine pour toi Christine et pour Émilie et Brigitte. Je pense bien à vous, à votre souffrance et je suis de tout cœur avec vous. Je vous embrasse toutes les trois ainsi que Marinette,Elizabeth et sa famille.
    Agnès

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  9. Cabrol Emmanuelle :

    All your cousins in France (the Carcenac and Cabrol families) are very saddened to hear of the death of Charly we keep such a good memory. Our thoughts and prayers go to the whole family and especially Emilie, Brigitte and Christine. Even far away, we feel very much for you and send you our warmest love and deepest sympathy.

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  10. Gloria Wilkinson :

    My condolences – Charlie was a great constituent when I represented that part of Springbank before it was annexed.
    Gloria

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  11. Charlie was a true gentleman and one of the best barristers I’ve ever known.

    I was one of the many young lawyers that Charlie gave advice to over the years, and I consider myself considerably better off for having known him.

    In addition to being an exceptional lawyer, Charlie possessed a thriving thirst for knowledge generally. During his tenure as the first president of the CDLA, I got to know him quite well. In addition to being one of the best lawyers in the province, Charlie was also exceptionally knowledgeable in the areas of economics, finance and personal fiscal discipline, and I greatly appreciate his counsel on these issues as well.

    We will all miss him.

    Alan Pearse

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  12. It was with great sadness that I learned from Christine of Uncle Charlie’s passing, although I know how hard he has fought his illness he left behind a very loving family. Mine and my brother’s thoughts are very much with the family at this very sad time for all concerned

    With best wishes
    Alan

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  13. Katie and Paul Pearlman :

    Christine, Emilie, and Brigitte,
    Pacey and I were truly saddened to hear of Charlie’s death on Friday. We have such fond and funny memories of him in Scottsdale when the Hepner girls and Louie were little, especially the one time he played an elaborate joke on the kids involving an ‘insect’. It must have taken him hours to put that together. He played it so well, that blood-curdelling screams were heard from all the kids and then, of course loads of giggles. Charlie will be sorely missed by us all. We were lucky to have him for as long as we did. Our prayers are with you all. Love, Katie and Pacey Pearlman

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  14. warren smistad :

    Had the privilege of singing a Neil Young song, “Long May you Run” one day at the hospice for Charlie…it was such a special moment for someone I had just met but heard he liked the music of the Canadian singer..will never forget that moment!

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  15. Rob and I offer you our sincere condolences on the passing of such a fine man, Charlie. He has blessed our community with his contributions and modeling. Our hearts go out to you, Christine, and your family.
    Regards,
    Sylvie

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  16. Maureen "Mo" From Agape :

    Dear Christine,Emilie and Brigitte:
    I am sending you all big Agape hugs and my deepest sympathy on the passing of Charlie. I am still praying for you all to be surrounded by many Earth Angels at this very sad time for you all.
    His was a life well lived and he was well loved! God Rest His soul.
    Hugs & tears!

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  17. Charlie and I both started our careers in 1975, Charlie as a lawyer and me as correctional peace officer/classification officer. Charlie worked at getting them out of jail and I tried to keep them in. We had many heated yet respectful conversations at the old booking office and later at the Calgary Remand Centre in north Calgary. I considered Charlie a professional friend and will miss him. Rest in peace Charlie. Tony S.

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  18. My deepest sympathy to Charlie’s family.

    Sincerely,
    Joni Hendry

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  19. Régis Carcenac :

    Chère Christine,
    C’est avec beaucoup de peine que j’apprends cette terrible nouvelle. Je compatis à ta tristesse et pense beaucoup à toi.
    Je t’embrasse très fort ainsi que Emilie et Brigitte.

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  20. You have my sincere condolences.
    Mel Shannon

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  21. A/Det Steve Adair, Calgary Police Service :

    I am very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Our paths crossed on numerous occasions and while we sat on different sides of the room, he was a worthy advisary and a great gentleman. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to the family.

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  22. Janice (Woodard) Tafel :

    Christine, Emilie & Brigitte,
    Condolences from Canmore where Charlie loved to explore the mountains biking, hiking and skiing. May he rest in peace.

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  23. Dear Christine and Family: We never had the privilege of meeting Charlie, but know was a special person he was in Every dimension of his life. Reading these condolence messages is truly awe-inspiring and there is no doubt that he leaves a legacy that will live on….. that the girls, you, family and friends can draw inspiration from. On behalf of our family David and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to you at this difficult time of loss. We are thinking of you with fond memories of the years in Montreal when we were neighbours and friends. We are so happy that we remain in touch .
    Love, Sandy

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  24. Marcel and MInnie Segal :

    We are so very sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you. He was a wonderful man, and it was out pleasure to know him. Minnie and Marcel Segal

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  25. famille Favre-Maubert :

    Nous avons appris avec beaucoup de tristesse le décès de Charlie. Nous vous envoyons toute notre affection et vous souhaitons bon courage pour supporter cette épreuve. Recevez toute notre compassion et des baisers bien affectueux.
    Guitou, Mansour, Catherine, Richard, Nicolas, Sylvain, Nathalie et Olivier.

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  26. Kevin Hines and Barb Forster :

    It is with great sadness that I heard of Charlie’s passing. We had many great adventures together, in the mountains and on the ocean. My thoughts are with you, Christine, Emilie and Brigitte at this difficult time.
    Kevin, Barb and Enya

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  27. Cécile Carcenac :

    J’ai été très peinée d’apprendre le décès de Charlie que j’ai toujours beaucoup apprécié lors de nos rencontres. Je t’adresse toute ma sympathie et je t’embrasse très fort ainsi qu’Émilie, Brigitte, Marinette et toute la famille.
    Cécile

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  28. Lucile Carcenac :

    Chères Christine, Émilie et Brigitte,
    Je pense bien à vous en cette période de Noël, et je suis de tout cœur avec vous
    Je vous embrasse bien fort,

    Lucile

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  29. Carole Vandal and Kevin Hewitt :

    Dear Christine,
    With our deepest heartfelt sympathy Kevin and I are thinking of you, Emily and Brigitte at this sad and difficult time. As you are aware, we really only knew Charlie through you. However we knew him as a very genuine person who was devoted to you, your daughters and his extended family. We also knew of him as a very successful and respected lawyer in the city. You have shared a wonderful life with Charlie and we hope that your memories of him will help ease the sorrow. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are always available to support you in any way.

    Sincerely, Carole & Kevin

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  30. Roxanne Tagseth :

    Christine, Emily and Brigitte, My thoughts and prayers are with you, and Charlie’s family and friends at this time. I was talking with Leah the day after CRS passed and fondly remembering some of the stories he would tell over lunch at the office boardroom table, with that sly grin of his. My deepest condolences….

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  31. I offer my heart felt condolences to Charlie’s family and friends. He was a wonderful human being and lawyer and an inspiration in many ways.

    Gabor Zinner, a fellow lawyer.

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  32. After I heard the news I was in disbelief, a great man he is, I really send out my condolences to Charlie’s family and his friends, I was a client of Charlie, and he has gave me a second chance to turn my life around. I like to thank him. May he rest in peace.

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  33. Deeply saddened to read the news about Charlie, I met him a few times when he visited Edinburgh sometimes with Isabel and Crawford other times on his own. He sounds like a remarkable man. I have fond memories. I never met you guys I am Crawfords sister Molly’s grandson David. Take care.

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  34. Christine and family I just heard of Charlie’s passing just want you to know he literally saved my life I would not be here in the Shuswap enjoying my children and grand children if not for him. I have always had a place in my heart for Charlie even though we have not talked for a few years once again please accept my heart felt condolences Jim Currie

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