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.