Passing of Summerside curler and icemaker Leo Stewart – updated with obituary, tributes, and other info

Well-known Silver Fox Curling Club curler and icemaker Leo Stewart passed away early Tuesday morning at age 64. Leo is the 2017 and 2020 PEI Men’s Curling Club Championship skip, and represented PEI six times at the Canadian Fire Fighters Curling Championship.

Leo Stewart in March at the PEI Curling Club Championships



The death occurred peacefully at the Prince County Hospital, Summerside, P.E.I. on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 of Leo Leslie Stewart of Linkletter, P.E.I., aged 64. Leo was born in Summerside, to the late Murdock and Jessie (Bulger) Stewart.

Beloved husband of Mary Stewart (Arsenault) and loving father of Tammy Stewart and Robert (Shannon) Stewart all of Summerside. Also lovingly remembered by his 6 grandchildren Devon (Kennedy), Sean, Keegan, Braden. Cade, Jacob and 2 great grandchildren Elyse and Aiden.

Survived by his brothers and sisters Charles (Pauline), Gabriel (Hope), Harold (Donna), Eric, Ann Gallison and several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his brother in-law Carl Gallison and sister in-law Erma Stewart.

Resting at the East Prince Funeral Home, 245 Pope Rd., Summerside. A Celebration of Life and interment in People’s Cemetery, Summerside will take place at a later date. Memorial donations in Leo’s memory to the IWK Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to send a condolence to his family, send an email directly to [email protected] or select the Online Condolences option on the East Prince Funeral Home website.

Notice from Mrs. Stewart:

The Summerside Fire department will be doing a drive-by of our house on Sat. at 2:00 pm as a tribute to Leo. There will be a great deal of firetrucks and firemen driving by, and because of the Covid-19 restrictions at the funeral home, we can’t have a wake, so East Prince funeral home and Leo’s brothers at the fire department are going to have Leo there as well in the procession. So if anyone wants to say their goodbyes to Leo, you are welcome to come. We just ask you all to remain in your cars or practice social distancing. They will be leaving the Firehall in St. Eleanors at 1:45 pm, travelling down Glenn Dr., past our house on Fairway and then turning on to Bayview Dr. My family and I would like to thank everyone for all the love and support that we’ve received during this incredibly heartbreaking time. HUGS to you all!!! Please stay safe!!!!!

Leo’s Curling Legacy:

2020 PEI Men’s Curling Club Champions from the Silver Fox Curling Club (L-R): Andrew Robinson (Curl PEI Past President), Leo Stewart (skip), Edward White (3rd), Darrell Thibeau (2nd), Corey Montgomery (lead)

Last month, Leo skipped the Silver Fox men’s team to victory at the PEI Curling Club Championships, and was to have represented PEI at 2020 Everest Canadian Curling Club Championships, Nov. 22-28 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.  Leo previously skipped the winning team at the PEI Curling Club Championships back in 2017. where he captured the men’s Sportsmanship award.

Leo Stewart winning the Aubrey Neff award (CFFCA photo)

Leo has also been a winning skip and third at the PEI Fire Fighters Curling Championships, representing PEI at the nationals in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. He won the Aubrey Neff Award,  presented to the curler who best exemplifies curling ability, sportsmanship, and camaraderie at the Championship, as voted by his fellow competitors, along with the “All Star Skip” award, at the 2015 Canadian event.


Tribute from the Silver Fox Complex:

‘Our curling community and the Silver Fox Complex are reeling from the news that we lost our beloved friend and ice maker, Leo Stewart, early this morning.
There are no words for what we are feeling right now.
Leo had a presence and a personality like no one else and will be missed very much. He had his opinions, which he didn’t mind voicing but was always a sincere advocate for the club and Curling.
He was a charmer, and loved to offer a “private tour” of his ice-making office, always with a wink and a smirk.

Lots of love and good thoughts go out to his beautiful wife Mary, and his family and dear friends.
I wish we could celebrate your life in the way that you deserve, but know that this is a loss that cannot be filled’

(Posted to Facebook by Mary MacKay)

Tribute from the PEI Fire Fighters Curling Association:

Tribute from the Canadian Fire Fighters Curling Association:

Condolences to the family and friends of Leo Stewart, Summerside PEI who passed away suddenly yesterday.
Leo was a 6 time PEI provincial champion and won the 2015 Aubrey Neff award for Sportsmanship in Valleyfield/Huntington QC. He was a super nice outgoing guy who was a friend to everyone who met him.

Tribute from the Summerside Fire Department:

It’s with heavy hearts to announce the passing of one of our brothers. Firefighter Leo Stewart was a valued member of the SFD for 29 years.Leo had an uncanny ability to lighten the mood in the most stressful of times and will be sorely missed. Rest easy Leo, we’ve got it from here.


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