STEWART, William Baren

It is with sadness we announce the passing of a creative and caring soul William Baren Stewart at his home in Hay Lakes, Alberta on May 18th, 2021 in his 52nd year

William Baren Stewart will be leaving behind parents William James & Nancy Stewart (Kirkconnell) of Kincardine and John & Marybelle Roesgen (Hunter) of Sarnia.  Leaving behind Special friend Chad Mercereau, Past spouse Jacay Clegg.  The unrivaled father of Taylor (Walter Trzmiel), Landon (Shailynn Smith) and Caiti (Robert Forest).   Beloved Brother of Tad (Sophia) and Brandon (Jason Michael).  He will be greatly missed by his extended family including sibling In-laws, Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Life-Long Friends.

Born and raised in the small town of Kincardine, Ontario, off the shores of Lake Huron where he spent his early years swimming competitively for the Kippers swim club.  He could often be found swimming in the lake especially from the harbour to the break wall where it would just be him and the seagulls.  Baren had the voice of an angel and he would shine on the stage preforming in many Musicals and singing contests even winning a gold medal.  Baren would often sing at family and friends funerals bringing tears to eyes and melting of hearts while he sang Amazing Grace.  Later in life after moving to Alberta Baren met Jacay and they settled in the Village of Hay Lakes raising three fantastic children. He would go on to join the Carpenters Union Local 1325.  Looking to serve his community he joined the volunteer fire department, became a councillor, deputy Mayor and served two terms as Mayor of Hay Lakes.  He was Instrumental in starting the Hay Lakes Community in Bloom.  His love of nature and desire to always give back would show in the community scout and venture programs, volunteering and attending the excursions, assisting canoe portage, making sure there was always wood for the fire on those blistering cold nights, and he ALWAYS made sure every kid had a dry pair of socks.  Always forthright offering advice with a phrase for any situation either big or small “well you better get your rider on the horse” and that is what would happen they would just get on with the task that had to be done.  His former co-workers at American Bridge will surely miss Beaker’s infectious smile, big heart, and subtle humor.

The family would like to send a huge thank you to Corbett Geldart. We cannot express how grateful we are for everything you have been doing for us all, you were indeed a loyal friend. Special thanks go to Baren’s lifelong friends Tim Kelch and Sheri Campbell, you both have been dedicated and caring friends beyond measure. In keeping with Baren’s wishes there will be a private service held for the immediate family Sunday May 30th .  There will also be a celebration of life held as soon as restrictions and time allows.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Baren’s name are graciously accepted to the Friends Of The Hay Lakes Municipal Library ( PO Box 69, Hay Lakes, Alberta, T0B 1W0) or Kincardine Kippers Swim Team.



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Nicole, Jason, Amy, Brittany Surridge-Froude

Our condolences to you and yours,
he will be surely missed. It’s never goodbye it’s always, see you later.
A Smart strong wonderful thoughtful beautiful man. I will always remember his smiles and his giggles best. ♥️ Hugs.

Kim Arnold

I would like to express my deepest condolences to Baren’s family. I have such fond memories of Baren while living in Kincardine. He was a kind, funny man. Who made everyone smile. May he Rest In Peace

Kristine Sherring

Baren was a gentle , sweet soul with a heart of gold who loved to catch up with his family whenever we were all together. Our deepest condolences to all of those who will truly feel the lose and heartbreak of this wonderful man

Love and hugs
Perry and Kris Sherring

carrie sophonow

I just wanted to express my sympathy. Baren was such a good and caring man, an amazing childhood friend. I loved swimming with him in kippers, listening to him compete in the music festivals, sitting for too long after the streetlights came on, and being a part of his crew on Adelaide. Sending love and support to his family and friends. Xoxoxoxox

Paula M Jarvis-Ramsdal

My thoughts have been with all of Baren’s family the past week. So many memories have come back over the past few days. Baren was always there with a huge smile and a hug to match. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Hope you have found peace dear friend…. until we meet again.

Julie Durocher

Dear Baren’s family, it is with a heavy heart I write this note. I’m incredibly sorry to hear of Baren’s passing. I am still close friends with Shannon Moulton and remember both Baren and Tad coming in through the Moulton’s back door and Baren talking at 100 miles an hour and always an exuberant person. Kind to a fault, amazing voice, loyal heart. It looks like he led an amazing life as only he could. My deepest condolences to you as his family and especially his children. We will all miss him.

Ken Collins

Thinking of you all and feel your grief.
We will all miss him. Please accept my heart felt condolences.

Nancy Alexander

Bill, Nancy Tad and all the Family
Our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. Baren has left us too soon and will truly be missed by so many. Thinking of all of you over this coming weekend. Hugs to all.
Nancy & Stuart

Joan Hartwick

Our deepest sympathy to all of Baren’s children, parents, relatives and many friends.
Treasure the memories you have shared through the years, hold them close to your hearts always.
Wayne and Joan Hartwick

Kelly White

Remembering the Good Times! Gone to soonNever to be forgotten. Rest In Peace.✨

Mary Vosburg

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. My heart goes out to each of you. It was such an honour to have met Baren.
Wishing your family comfort and strength for the days and weeks ahead.
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I want you to know I’m there for you always.
Mary Vosburg

Tracey Mooder

So very sorry for your loss!! Thinking of your family at this very difficult and heartbreaking time.

Rhonda & Rick Bilodeau

Baren was a beautiful person inside and out! Our deepest & heartfelt sympathy to the family
Rhonda & Rick Bilodeau

Lyta Timmerman

Baren, my old friend, so much to say but my heart continues to break knowing u r gone. We were supposed to get together, there r now at this moment no reason to smile, Smiles will come in time thinking back to the many years we had together. Thank you for being you, u raised our spirits u helped us thru, u made old boys so much better, u made life better. Gonna miss u my bare ass , xo

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