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James Stewart

James MacLean Stewart

Wednesday, May 28th, 1947 - Friday, September 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Stewart,  James M. LLB, Q.C.
May 28, 1947 - September 11, 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of James M. Stewart (Jimmy) at the Civic Hospital of heart related complications. He is survived by his only brother Dr. Samuel Stewart (Sam) of Victoria, B.C.,  Sam’s wife Kristine, two nieces Sandra Jane (Dwayne) and Judith Ann (Matt) and their five children of North Bay and California . He is predeceased by his parents Jock and Elsie Stewart of Garson, ON. Jim was an avid fitness enthusiast.  Running was his passion. He was a vital part of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario for 47 years, during which time he became an icon within the Criminal Law Division. The depth and scope of his commitment to justice is reflected in the wide range of assignments that he took on.  Jim started his career in Sudbury as an Assistant Crown Attorney, then moved to Ottawa where he worked for many years before becoming the Crown Attorney. He was appointed Director of Crown Attorney for Eastern Ontario and served as A/Director of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) on two different occasions. His final assignment with the Ministry was as Director of the Major Case Management Team, the first of its kind in Canada.  Jim had another family at his cottage at Manitoulin where he spent summers for the last 30years. He developed many friendships there.  A private family service will be held at a later date.  His family would like to thank all his friends and co-workers for the many expressions of sympathy they have received.

Obituary: Crown prosecutor James 'Jimmy' Stewart was icon in Ontario justice (Ottawa Citizen)
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Linda Kahn

Posted at 02:06pm
To Jimmy’s Family:
I am so very sorry for your loss.

Jimmy and I were colleagues, along with a fellow named Mark, at the start-up of the Major Case Advisory Group. We worked together for many years. Neither Mark nor I are lawyers, but Jimmy always treated up with his characteristic collegiality and respect. We appreciated his kindness and wisdom. Jimmy’s leadership and humour were treasures. He got the job done, he shared his insights...and, oh my, we had fun (aside from, or perhaps to help us through, the seriousness of the issues. Another former colleague and I were reminiscing and smiling about Jimmy’s sayings at our various meetings. He always had a way of advancing the work in the wisest, gentlest, and most courteous of ways.

In Yiddish, we would say, Jimmy was a true mensch - “a person of great integrity and honour.” We would also say, “May his memory forever be a blessing.”

My deepest condolences to you.

Sincerely,
Linda Kahn

MM

Murray MacDonald

Posted at 03:24pm
Oliver Wendell Holmes said that every calling is great, when greatly pursued...Jim’s was a great calling. It was an honor to be his colleague. He will be greatly missed by so many.
Murray MacDonald
RP

Robert Parsons

Posted at 12:05pm
I cannot put into words how sad I was to hear of Jimmy's passing. I want to express my deepest regrets to his family. I am the Crown Attorney for the District of Sudbury and have had many occasions to share time with Jimmy, both personal and professional. I cannot recount the number of time that Jimmy told me he was a 'Garson boy'. When my wife and I relocated to Sudbury three years ago, we bought a house in Garson. I too am a Garson boy. I was always pleased to tell him that. Jimmy was the type of prosecutor, the type of person actually, that made you want to be better yourself. He was fearless, smart and incredibly ethical.
The degree to which we will miss Jimmy is matched only by our pleasure in having known him.
Rob Parsons
CD

Celynne Dorval

Posted at 07:13pm
I was called to the bar in 1987, and hired as an Assistant Crown as a very green 25 year old lawyer. There were 14 of us at the time, and Jimmy was my office neighbour. He became my mentor and my friend. I learned how to be a prosecutor over a cup of tea in his office. We talked about my cases, but more importantly about justice, about real people with real issues. He never undermined inexperience, nor youth. He taught me about fighting for what I believed in, but fighting fairly. He gave me the confidence to deal with 10 jury trials during my first year as a Crown. He showed me that the most convincing way to address a jury was to be genuine and true to who I was.....the French girl from Chelmsford. The Guy from Garson understood and respected the fact that I would take a week of vacation in the fall to hunt moose with my Dad. He was one of the most respectful person I have ever met. He never belittled anyone, and treated everyone with respect. He often told me that a person showed his or her colors by the way he or she treated cleaning staff at the courthouse. I did see him interact with them: they also felt his respect. I am honored to have had Jimmy mentor me as a Crown, and as a human being. I will miss him, and I will miss the comfort I felt knowing he was still available to young prosecutors learning the meaning of their work.
Célynne Dorval
DM

Desmond McGarry

Posted at 05:14pm
DESMOND MCGARRY

I knew Jimmy ,of course from almost the first day I entered the Crown system. He was a legend. And then when my work started taking me to Ottawa I saw he was also a truly remarkable human being...steadfast,loyal, and with a quirky sense of humour. But he and i became really close during his time as my boss when he was Regional Director...this despite the fact that we disagreed about most things. I came to dread his voice on the other end of the phone that gruff gravelly " hey dessie i got a case for ya...you'll love it...right up your ally...it'll only take three weeks"....and i knew the next six months of my life was gone. He thought i was an unreconstructed leftist (which is true) who took delight in taking on " The Man"....so my undistinguished career is littered with prosecutions of large corporations, Government Agencies, and cases where it seemed every other Crown had turned it down...mostly unsuccessful, and all sent to my office with a sly grin by my friend Jimmy.But he and I shared the conviction that some cases needed to be prosecuted even if the chances were slim....and that Justice should never be sacrificed to expediency. That made him tough and hard nosed with always his eye on the main prize....Justice. And for him Justice was not an abstract concept to be discussed but something vital and real that could be achieved if you fought hard enough. But he only fought until the bell rang. When the fight was over he was generous and kind and unfailingly courteous even to those who opposed him. He could puncture any attempt at pretentiousness or bs with "This is Jimmy Stewart your talkin to ok?" The last time I saw Jimmy was before the plague when he and I and Kurtie Flanagan met for dinner and talked late into the night ...war stories, arguments, and whiskey. That is how I will remember my friend. I hav e never seen his like before and I doubt I will ever see his like again.
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