It is with great sadness that the family of Stewart Charles Firth announces his passing on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
Stewart was born in Dewsbury Yorkshire England on Aug. 10, 1950 to Albert and Margaret Firth.
Though his heritage was half-English and half-Scottish, he loved his Scottish ancestry the most. Stewart especially enjoyed travelling to Scotland with his family for holidays.
Stewart came to Canada in 1976, and in 1980 met his sweetheart for life, Debra Elaine Pearse. Stewart and Debra were married on Aug. 13, 1983.
Together they had six children, Kaleb (Raylene), Hannah (Daniel), Ethan (Ashley), Simeon (Taylor), Phoebe (TJ), and Isaac (Savannah). Stewart and Debbie also have six grandchildren that they love so much, Khloe, Klark, and Klyde Oster, Aunnika Baron, and Ava and Beckhym Firth.
Stewart also is survived by his parents, Albert and Margaret; brothers, Ian (Elizabeth), David (Pat), and Malcolm(Diane); sisters, Jillian (Martyn Ruddlesdon), Barbara (Stephen Hodgson), and Shona (Ian Grace); sister-in-law, Collette Firth Stewart; mother- and father-in-law, Jack and Alice Pearse (Sault Ste. Marie); in-laws, Sherri and Steven Johnson, and Pam Lawrence; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Stewart was predeceased his brother, Brian Firth, and brother-in-law, Billy Pearse.
Stewart loved to work. Even though he was 67, he didn't want to retire and loved going to the Barwick mill to be with his second family.
Stewart has gone to a new address called Heaven. While living in England, Stewart attended a Billy Graham Crusade and went forward to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.
In John 3:3, Jesus declares, “I tell you the truth no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
When Stewart asked Jesus into his heart and life, he was born again. His sins were forgiven and he was saved! He became one of God's children; a member of God's family.
Stewart was involved in many organizations. In England, he was involved with the Collegians and Scouts. In Canada, he was very active in the Kinsman Club, AWANA Clubs, and the Lions Club.
Debra will greatly miss her Scottish sweetheart and writes: “Until we meet again, Stewart, I love you and will miss you. God knew you were getting tired and that was the day He decided to take you Home. Because of Jesus, I will see you again someday!”
Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, with Pastor Mark Mast officiating.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations can be made to Aush-Bik-Koong Bible Camp for children to attend camp or the Guatemala Outreach for homes to be built for impoverished people in Guatemala c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.