Dr. Alvie Earl Stewart was born on the 24th of October, 1893 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was the youngest of 3 children born to Luther Stewart and the former Nancy Jane Fletcher. His father was an ironworker at the time of his birth and his older siblings were; Stephen “Lorne” Stewart and Edna Jane Stewart. Eventually the Stewart family moved to Barton Twp in Wentworth County where his parents took up farming. His mother died from complications of diabetes on the 31st of December, 1913.
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, Ontario. Her parents were George James Foreman and the former Sarah Elizabeth West. She had three older brothers; George (who died of diphtheria when he was 3 years old), Leonard and Albert and 3 younger brothers, Harry (who died when he was 7 years old), James and Ernest. Mrs. Stewart graduated from the Hamilton General Hospital School of Nursing.
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 he was 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. At the time of his death, Dr. Stewart resided at 33 Birchview Blvd., in Toronto. He was buried at Woodland Cemetery in Hamilton.
Mrs. Stewart married Rev. Joseph W. Stewart in 1952. Rev. Stewart was born in Greenock Twp, Bruce County on the 22nd of August, 1887. Rev. Stewart was the 3rd of 7 children born to William Stewart and the former Ann Jane Sawyer. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; Robert, Annie, Thomas, Mary, Harry and Frank. Rev. Stewart was a United Church minister who was married to Minnie Myrtle Cochrane and they had 3 children. Mrs. Minnie Myrtle Stewart died in 1951.
Mrs. Violet Stewart died on the 21st of July, 1962 and she was buried next to Dr. Alvie Earl Stewart.
Rev. Stewart died in Oakville in 1974.
*Mrs. Stewart’s brother ‘s Leonard Foreman and Albert Foreman served with the Canadian Armed Services during WWI. Her brother Private Albert Foreman, was killed in action on the 26th of September, 1918 at the age of 26. He was buried 7 miles west of Cambrai, France.