Bev Steward

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Gilbert Clarke Beverly “Bev” was born at home on Sunday, October 26, 1941 to David and Bella “Hazel” (Yeo) Steward. He was the baby of the family with older siblings; Roderick (1918), Harold (1920), Carl (1926) and sister Alvera (1929). World War II soon began and Bev's three brothers all enrolled and participated in the war. Rod drove truck, Harold was a sniper and Carl was a prison guard. Luckily, all of his brothers survived and returned home. Childhood also meant lots of free time for Bev whereby he always enjoyed getting out on the rink, either skating or playing hockey.

After attending Chesley Public School Bev decided that further education was not in his cards and he began working at the creamery in town. He was young, early teens, and one of his daily duties included testing the butter. This task caused Bev to have a real distaste for butter for the remainder of his life, imagine! Due to his age, Bev needed permission from the school board to begin his second job at Krugs. After beginning as a general labourer, Bev soon started as a sawyer. His wage, $0.63 per hour. He cut green lumber, primarily maple, and soon perfected the twenty-eight different cuts needed to produce all types of furniture.

In his teenage years, Bev was introduced to a beautiful young woman by the name of Reta Winnifred May McGilveary. They soon began dating and in 1963 they started building their future home. Together they borrowed $5,000 and went to work, spending most of their free evenings and weekends gathering materials and working on their home. The two were married at Chesley Baptist Church on July 24, 1965 and soon headed west on their honeymoon. Later that year they completed their home and settled into married life.

Bev loved his cars! To say he spent a lot of time polishing them would be an under-statement. Reta recalls countless Saturdays whereby Bev spent all day cleaning the car, only to take it out on the town that evening. He was a proud member of the "Pacemaker's Car Club" and simply adored his black 1953 Ford Meteor. When not tinkering with his own cars, Bev loved taking in stock car races. On Wednesday evenings, he and Reta would often head to Bridgeport for the races. Saturday nights were usually spent in Wasaga Beach, whereby the Stewards often took in some form of race, usually stock car or horse. They were often joined by friends and family in these outings which usually meant for late nights! In recent years, Bev enjoyed taking in horse races in Hanover and heading to Sauble to watch Josh Stade compete. When not able to attend these races in person, no problem, Bev subscribed to the racing network on TV and simply watched everything from the comfort of his own home.

In 1970, Bev and Reta welcomed their daughter, Heather Darlene, thus beginning a new chapter in their lives. Bev loved spending time with Heather. His fishing boat was soon named "Miss Heather" and the two spent countless hours enjoying each others company as they trolled for Pike and Bass. Snowmobiling with Heather and Reta was another enjoyable pastime as was cross country skiing.

Thirty-three years after he began, Krugs closed. Bev then went to work for Duane Stade at M.E.I. Bev recalled that at that point they only had two trucks and a backhoe, so there was a lot more physical labour. :) Bev's body was slowly beginning to wear out, especially his knees, and he soon moved onto the Pallett Factory in Scone where he remained until his retirement in 2005.

Retirement meant that Bev could spend more time with friends and family, particularly his two grandchildren Kameran and Logan, who the family welcomed in 2002. The twins spent countless hours being entertained by grandpa. Sometimes it was as simple as riding with him on the lawnmower or shovelling snow, however they also played cars and went fishing together. Reta and Bev also volunteered regularly at Kameran and Logan's school, spending valuable time weekly with their grandchildren. Bev was also particularly fond of his four-legged family members, Titan, Zeus (the dogs), Baby, Pumpkin and Tiny (the cats). The love, respect and companionship was always mutual.

Bev was a gentle, loving man who always put others first. He was extremely sociable and loved spending time with family and friends. In his free time, Bev loved going for drives and enjoying nature. When not tinkering on a car or fixing something, Bev also enjoyed watching the Discovery Channel, Gold Rush and The Young and the Restless.... yes, you read that right! When it came to food, his favourite meal was steak, onions and french fries. He also had a soft spot for homemade rice pudding (with raisins of course), vanilla ice cream, vanilla milkshakes and butter (raisins too!) and pecan tarts.

Sadly in recent years, Bev's body and health continued to fail him and he passed away surrounded by his family at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Sunday, January 6, 2019 in his 78th year.

Beloved husband, and soulmate for 55 years, to Reta (McGilveary). Loving father of Heather and her husband Kendall Ward of Neustadt. Bev will be dearly missed by his two loving grandchildren, Kameran and Logan. He will be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law Fran Steward and Reta’s siblings, Herb (Lib) McGilveary, Blanche Beckett, Murray McGilveary, Lawrence (Arlene) McGilveary, Sharon (Art) Becker, Vern (Lorrie) McGilveary and Marion (Don) McAllister as well as the entire McGilveary family. Bev was predeceased by his brothers Rod (Lessetta), Harold (Janet), Carl, sister Alvera (Ivan) Wark, parents David and Hazel (Yeo) Steward, Reta’s siblings Jean (Stan) Powell, Mazie (Russ) Jones, Nelson McGilveary, Dean McGilveary, Lyle (Sue) McGilveary, Donna McGilveary, Ray Beckett and Lorne Subject.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating Bev’s life will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. Spring interment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation, Chesley Community Church or Children’s Wish Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Carole Woods
January 15, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
David Johnson
January 12, 2019
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I knew Bev when he worked at Krugs with me. He was a great man
Tammy Price
January 12, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Reta and the family. I just learned of Bev's passing, I'm so very sorry i didn't make it to the visitations.
Treasure the memories.
Jack and Ellen Cavill
January 12, 2019
Our sympathy to you Reta, Heather and family, Bev was a kind and gentle gentleman, he will be missed
Bonnie and Doug Schutte
January 12, 2019
Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.
Charlotte and Rick Gowing
January 12, 2019
Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayera are with you and your family at this time. Heaven has gained another Angel. God Bless
Dwayne Frook
January 12, 2019
Reta, Heather and Family,

I was saddened to hear of Bev's recent passing. Though it has been quite some time, I always enjoyed a visit with him and hearing a joke or two. I'll always remember the impromptu and EARLY visit that Steve, Dave and I had with him one damp morning years ago.

Bev was a good man. My deepest sympathy to you at this most difficult time.


Carol white
January 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss thinking of all of you at this time
Dale and Dianne Ahrens
January 11, 2019
Our hearts go out to your family at this difficult time. You must remember the good times and let them live on in your hearts. Be strong for each other.
Dale and Di
January 11, 2019

Deepest Condolences to my Aunt Reta, Heather & Family.
Bev was always such a kind and gentle soul. He will be greatly missed.

R. I. P. Uncle Bev
Bryanna Herniman (Westenberg)
January 11, 2019
Mrs Stewart and Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you both and your family. I have such fond memories of the time I spend with you both and Mr. Stewart. He was such a wonderful man. Big hugs to all.
linda feuchuk
January 10, 2019
Reta, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
John & Marilyn Keip
January 9, 2019
Reta and family,our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Glenna & Dave Romph
January 9, 2019
Rita, on behalf of our church,we want you to know your are in our prayers and thoughts. This includes your family too.
We know our Heavenly Father cares for you and Bev is with him now. May you sense His peace at this time.
Jean and Charlie Brow
January 9, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to you all. Bev was a great guy and will be missed dearly.
Linda Kaufman
January 9, 2019
Reta and family, so sorry to hear of Bev's passing. You gave my deepest sympathy. Hang on to the memories.
Joleen Nickel
January 9, 2019
My deepest sympathy Reta, Heather and family. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Jeanette Wise
January 9, 2019
My sympathies to the whole family and especially to Kameran and Logan. Your grandpa was pretty special. I remember how he helped us with our field trips to the Hanover pool for weekly lessons. Brings a smile to my face. May all your memories do the same.
June Ropp-DeVries
January 9, 2019
Reta, Heather, Herb & Lib
Our deepest sympathy to your families on the passing of Bev.
I have many fond memories of Bev during the time we attended Chesley Baptist Church. It is hard to believe we have known your families since 1964.
Hold on to to your memories of Bev and keep them close to your heart.
June and Fred DeVries
Marilyn Stewart
January 9, 2019
Gord and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.
John and Cheryl Minke
January 9, 2019
Reta ,Heather and family.So sorry to here of Bev's passing.Hold on to your memories .He was a great guy.
Rusty Hood
January 8, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bevs passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Ron and Marlene Calhoun
January 8, 2019
Deepest sympathy to you Rita,
Heather, and the entire family.
Marlene Witzke
January 8, 2019
My deepest sympathy Reta and family.
Carol M. Jarvis
January 8, 2019
My deepest sympathy to you Reta and Heather and family.
Bev & Nancy Nickel
January 8, 2019
Our deepest sympathies. Wishing you comfort and strength in the days ahead
Vicki Lapratt
January 8, 2019
Sending thoughts and prayers to Heather and her family in this difficult time.
Neil and Irene Bartlett
January 8, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire McGIlveary fsmily Reta our talk last week was so special. You have all made us feel like fsmily,
Lorretta mason
January 8, 2019
In our thoughts and prayers as we mourn with you the loss of a great man...the stories we all have are wonderful and the memories great. RIP Bev. God bless
Tracy and Steve Harvie
January 8, 2019
Reta, Heather and family...we are so very sorry to hear about Bev. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Karen and Jim Siegrist
January 8, 2019
Reta and Family. So sorry to hear of Bev's passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Karen and Jim
Rhonda Beckenhauer
January 8, 2019
Rita, Heather and Family-my deepest sympathies. I have such wonderful memories of Bev. He was a true gentleman who was always smiling and and had a way of brightening your day every time you saw him. Hugs to you all.
Lorraine Morrow
January 8, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of Cameron's and Logan's Grandpa. My sympathy goes out to your family. He will be missed but remembered always.
Marsha Jackson
January 8, 2019
Mrs.Stewart , Heather & family

I am so sad to hear of Bev's passing...any memory I have of him Heather is one of him with a wonderful genuine smile on his face...

Thinking of you all...

Marsha Jackson
Tara Flood
January 8, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bevs passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
RoseAnn McCulloch
January 8, 2019
My deepest sympathies to you and your family
Brenda and Rick Lee
January 8, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bev’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Reta and family.
Mark Kuglin
January 8, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
Kelly Hallman
January 8, 2019
Deepest sympathies to you and your family Rita
David & Ann Flanagan
January 8, 2019
Sending Our Sincere Sympathy to Rita ,Heather and Family Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With You All
Patty Ratchford
January 8, 2019
So sorry to hear of this wonderful man's passing. My condolences go out to his family. He was such a kind and gentle man. I had the honor of teaching his amazing grandchildren who loved him dearly. He will be greatly missed
Robin Woodyard
January 7, 2019
I was very sorry to hear of Bev’s passing. He was a wonderful gentleman. My thoughts are with Reta, Heather, and Kendall at this time.
Cindy Cronkwright
January 7, 2019
Sorry to hear about Bev he was a good man are prayers go out to the family.
Jim and Yvonne Witzke
January 7, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to Rita and Heather and family. Bev was a kind and gentle man.

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