Name:
Alvie Earl Stewart 
Location served:
Merlin  
Years in Practice:
1920 to 1945
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  

Biography:

Dr. Alvie Earl Stewart was born on the 24th of October, 1893 in Hamilton, Ontario, the youngest of 3 children born to Luther Stewart and the former Nancy J Fletcher.  His father was an ironworker at the time of his birth and his older siblings were Lorne and Edna.  Eventually the Stewart family moved to Barton Twp in Wentworth County and his parents became farmers.  His mother died on the 31st of December, 1913 of diabetes.

Dr. Stewart served with the Canadian Army during World War I.  He enlisted on the 27th of September, 1918.  When he enlisted he was working at the Mountain Sanitarium in Hamilton as a medical student.  On his enlistment documents, he was described as 5’5″ tall, 184 lbs with a fair complexion and blue eyes. He was discharged on the 16th of November, 1918.

Dr. Stewart graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1920.  He interned at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, the Mountain Sanatorium and Hamilton General Hospital.

Dr. Stewart married Violet Foreman on the 24th of July, 1920 in Hamilton.  Mrs. Stewart was born on the 24th of December, 1894  in Cardwell Township, Wentworth County.  Her parents were George James Foreman and the former Sarah Elizabeth West.  She had three older brothers; George (who died when he was 3 years old of diphtheria), Leonard and Albert and 3 younger brothers, Harry (who died when he was 7 years old), James and Ernest.  Mrs. Stewart was a nurse.

In 1921 Dr. and Mrs. Stewart settled in Merlin.  Their daughter Helene Evelyn Stewart was born in Merlin on the 25th of June, 1922.  Another daughter Jean Audrey Stewart was born in Merlin in 1923.  Dr. Stewart practiced medicine in Merlin for 4 years.  A third daughter Shirley Isobel Stewart was born in 1927.

Dr. Stewart studied abroad in England, Scotland and Germany for 2 years before he returned to Ontario.  He received the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

In 1927 Dr. Stewart and his family settled in Port Perry.  In 1929, Dr. Stewart moved to Oshawa and stayed there for about a year before he moved to Toronto.  In Toronto his medical practice was located at 232 Lakeshore Blvd.

Dr. Stewart belonged to the A.F. & A.M. and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.  He was a past patron of Primrose Chapter, E.O.S. of Ontario.

Dr. Stewart retired from the practice of medicine in 1945.

Dr. Stewart died at St Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto on the 18th of February, 1947. He was buried at the Woodland Cemetery in Hamilton.  Mrs. Stewart died in on the 21st of July, 1962.

*Mrs. Stewarts brother Albert, was killed in action in World War I.  He was buried 7 miles west of Cambrai, France.