Passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at Grace Hospital, Winnipeg Manitoba on Friday, February 18, 2022, of Winnipeg in his 96th year. Beloved husband of Janice (Neil). Survived by brothers Jack (Wendy) Clinton and Donald (Diane) Sarnia. Special Uncle to Dianne (Bill) Dietrich, Bruce (Brett) Adkins-McLennan, Audrey (Peter) Dakin and Sueanne Adkins and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Henry and Violet (Fuss) Adkins and his brothers and sister, Howard (Joyce) Adkins, Wilmer (Grace) Adkins, Shirley (Ernie) Powell.
Stewart was born and raised in Hay Township. After working for the CNR, Stewart enlisted in the RCAF as an Avionics Technician. He and Janice spent the next 25 years stationed in Canada and Europe. He also spent a tour of duty with the UN Peace Keeping Force. He made many life long friendships while in the military. After leaving the military, Stewart and Janice made Winnipeg their home. In retirement, Stewart and Janice became Snowbirds and escaped the Winnipeg winters in the RV in the Southern U.S., meeting old friends and making new friends along the way.
While in the military Stewart took up golf and curling. He became an avid golfer and enjoyed many golf games with family when he visited Ontario. He was very proud to have scored 5 holes in one during his golfing days. In winter, Stewart enjoyed both men’s and mixed curling. When he could no longer actively participate in his favourite sports, he did so by watching them on TV in the comfort of his favourite armchair.
He was a season ticket holder in the early years of the Winnipeg Jets and was very happy when they returned to Winnipeg. He was also a season ticket holder of the Blue Bombers for many years. In later years, he never missed a televised game. It was always great rivalry with family when discussing his Jets and Bombers.
When not watching sports or the news, he would be playing solitaire on the computer or working on his word puzzles.
These past 2 years were difficult for Stewart not being able to visit in person with friends and family or even enjoying a coffee at his favourite spots. This did not stop his family and friends from virtually connecting with him or phoning him to keep his spirits going. The family would like to thank his friends and neighbors for the help and support shown to both Stewart and Janice over the past few years, especially Gwen Miguez and Bob Cooke.
Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Stewart’s wishes, a family graveside service will be held at Staffa Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Homes, EXETER assisted by Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Donations to South Huron Hospital, Jessica’s House or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.