PASSING OF DONALD JOHN STEWART
NOVEMBER 30, 1922 – MARCH 15, 2018
415 Squadron Association
About eight years ago I connected with Don. At the time I was searching for World War Two veterans of 415 Squadron. We immediately formed a strong bond and over these past years communicated on a regular basis. On occasion I had the great fortune to meet with Don in his Toronto apartment. He eagerly assisted me with various historical studies and took a keen interest in the 415 Squadron Association. He always had a kind word to say about those who served with him. Don's crew flew 36 missions. It took great courage, determination as well as skill to do the job that needed to be done. I witnessed first hand his determination to be self sufficient. I was amazed that he kept his own place and he maintained a regular fitness routine by walking a course he developed in his apartment. We last talked at Christmas time. We had a wonderful conversation. He made it clear that his time with us was quickly coming to an end. It seemed to me that Don faced this out come with great courage and I knew that this would be our last telephone call.
Don passed on March 15, 2018, at Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital, in his 96th year. Don served as a pilot in World War Two with 415 Squadron RCAF 6th Group, Bomber Command. He completed a Tour of Operations, 36 sorties, on February 27, 1945. Upon his return to Canada, he was employed for 14 years in Montreal with Revenue Canada as a corporation assessor followed by 26 years with Wajax Industries Ltd, in Montreal and Toronto, in various financial management capacities. His story is captured on the 415 Squadron Association website: SWORDFISH VETERAN OF WORLD WAR TWO – F/O STEWART.
Don’s funeral service was held in Toronto on Saturday, March 24th. A springtime interment will take place at Kenyon Church, Dunvegan, Ontario. A true Canadian, he made a very positive difference in all of our lives. He will be remembered.
President 415 Squadron Association