Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

MPP Hatfield honours life and memory of Atholl Stewart

Published on April 19, 2018

April 18, 2018  Queen's Park - In the Ontario legislature on Wednesday, MPP Percy Hatfield, Windsor-Tecumseh paid tribute to the life of his longtime friend, Atholl Stewart, in a member's statement.

The full statement appears below:

MPP PERCY HATFIELD:  I want to tell you about a good buddy of mine who passed away recently. His name is Atholl Stewart. He was a retired educator.

At one time, we lived across the street from each other. Just after Gale and I moved in, there was a knock at the door. I go, and there’s this big guy standing there. He says, “Welcome to the neighbourhood. My name is Atholl Stewart. I drink rye and lime rickey.” I say, “Well, come on in. I know I have some rye, but I’m not sure about the lime rickey.” He says, “Well, don’t worry about it this time; I’ll drink whatever you have.” That began a friendship that lasted more than 35 years.

Atholl had a brother, Dr. Ed Stewart. He was Bill Davis’s deputy minister and he served as secretary of cabinet from 1976 to 1985. They would sometimes plan a political visit to Windsor, coincidentally when the Jays were playing the Tigers. I got to go to one of those games with them at Tiger Stadium, and some kid named John Tory came with us as well.

Atholl’s wife, Maureen, is a McCoy, so we had the Hatfields and the McCoys living across the street from each other.

My wife, Gale, doesn’t drink, so I put in my will that I was leaving my bar and all of its contents to Atholl. When we moved around the corner, I gave him my bar—I kept the contents. Atholl really liked a good single malt scotch, especially mine.

He loved to golf, and he cheered for the Glasgow Rangers. He always voted Conservative until I ran for the NDP.

Speaker, I loved the guy. I miss him dearly. I have his photo up in my office and on my bar at home. My heart goes out to Maureen, Jim, Chrissy, Brad, Sarah, Kate, Christopher, Aunt Helen and all the McCoys.