The father of Kelowna West MLA Ben Stewart has died.
Richard ‘Dick’ Stewart died at the age of 94 alongside his family.
Quails’ Gate Winery, which is owned by the Stewart family, announced the passing of Dick on May 12.
Today, the Stewart Family quietly celebrates the life of their father Richard “Dick” Stewart, who passed away at the age of 94. His generosity, support and unwavering belief in the potential of this region will continue to inspire us. #RIP
— Quails' Gate (@Quails_Gate) May 13, 2020
The City of West Kelowna Mayor, Council and staff extended their condolences to the Stewart family stating Dick was a founding father of the Westside and helped to make the Okanagan wine industry flourish into what it is today.
Dick was born in 1926 to the parents of Irish immigrants who settled in the Okanagan in 1908. After serving in the Second World War Richard graduated from UBC with degrees in agriculture and commerce. In 1959, he purchased the property now known as Quails’ Gate and planted the first grapes in 1961.
The Stewart family was one of 14 families in the area that established the charity, the Central Okanagan Foundation.
He and his wife Rosemary had four children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.