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Alexander Stewart (Stew) Kellar, 86

On Wednesday, June 25, 2003 Alexander Stewart (Stew) Kellar passed away at Lake of the Woods District Hospital with family by his side.
Dad was born September 19, 1916 in Hinchinbrooke Township in Frontenac County. He lived most of his life in the Rainy River District, moving to Kenora in 2003 to be closer to his family.
Dad is survived by his loving wife Alice, his two children Allan (Jeanne) of Ignace, Ontario and Linda (Ted) Carey of Kenora, Ontario. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Neil of Ignace and Stewart of Edmonton, Sandy (Lisa) of Winnipeg, Debbie (Brad), Robert and Morgan, all of Kenora, great granddaughter Alex of Winnipeg and special granddaughters Cindy Cain of Newmarket and Penney Bradley of Dryden. Surviving family is brother Lyle (Marlene) of Devlin. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews as well as special family members Jim and Freeda Carmody of Devlin.
Dad is predeceased by his infant son Sonny, by his parents Neil and Stella Kellar, brothers Arthur and Gordon and sisters Florence, Nora and Jessie.
In 1941, Dad married Alice Stevens, standing side by side for 62 years. He worked as a logger and miner in his early years. In 1942 he joined the army and was sent overseas that same year. He returned home in October 10 1945. In 1946, he joined the Lands and Forest and became a Game Warden. In the years preceding his retirement in 1978, he was the Park Supervisor at Lake of the Woods and Caliper Lake Provincial Parks.
Dad was a very resourceful man, largely self-taught. He was a competent mechanic, carpenter plumber, electrician and welder. In later years he began making furniture and sewed leather mitts. He often purchased old furniture, repaired and recovered it. Dad especially loved working out of doors, whether it was cutting wood, working in the garden, hunting or fishing. Dad was never afraid of hard work, but did take pleasure in playing cards with his family. He enjoyed listening to music and in his early days he played the mouth organ and called square dances. He especially enjoyed people gathering in his home.
He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Emo. He enjoyed curling for a number of years, and remained an avid curling and hockey fan. In 1967, he purchased property near Morson on Lake of the Woods where he and Mom built the cabin at which he so very much enjoyed spending time. While fishing was a favoured past time, he also spent many hours over the rock picking blueberries.
Dad was a quiet natured, reserved man. While he had trouble expressing himself with words, he showed his love in many other ways. He loved his family dearly, and especially loved having the grandchildren visit. He was always especially fond of children. He was a strong, solid man that we could depend on, and a great teacher.
He will be missed by many family members and friends. We’ll miss you forever Dad.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2003 in the Legion Hall in Emo, Ontario with Reverend Frances Flook officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
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