Obituary for Raymond Stewart
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Raymond Stewart on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone, Manitoba. Raymond was born April 2, 1922 in the Golden Stream District. He was one of nine children born to Elwood and Bertha Stewart. Raymond received his education at Golden Stream, Silver Stream and Gillespie Schools. From a young age Raymond had a love for horses. He became a jockey at the age of 16, and rode for Barbara Stanwyck and the famous heavy weight champion of the world Jack Sharkey. He rode for seven short years in a career that spanned from 1939 to 1959 and travelled all across Canada, the United States and Mexico to race the horses. At the age of 21, Raymond married Ruth Schlamb. The day after the wedding, Raymond got called by the army and he was away for three and a half years. Upon his return, he and Ruth bought a half section of land through DVA. Later they bought an Army Barracks from Shilo and moved it to Gladstone. Raymond and Ruth had four children; Melvin, Gerald, Sandra and Keith. Raymond devoted his time and efforts to raising a family and contributing to his community. He took great pride in the work he did in the community. In addition to farming, from 1960 to 1977, Raymond held several positions for the Town of Gladstone, including town Constable and Foreman for Parks and Recreation. He also worked for the Town of Carman before retiring for good in the 1980s. In February 2017, Raymond moved to Third Crossing Manor, Gladstone, where he enjoyed the music, playing the harmonica and visiting. He will be missed by all the staff and residents. Raymond will be lovingly remembered by his son Melvin, son Keith, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his siblings Vivian, Harvey and Allan. He was predeceased by his daughter Sandra, son Gerald, wife Ruth, five siblings and one great-grandson. Raymond will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Gladstone Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Raymond may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-2430 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba R7B 0M5.