Stewart Fyfe

Stewart Fyfe

Emeritus in memoriam


Political Studies

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Born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan on June 22, 1928, Stewart Fyfe died peacefully at Briargate Retirement Residence in Amherstview, Ontario on January 30, 2019. 

Stewart graduated with a BA and MA from Queen's and a PhD from Manchester University. Proud of his Scottish heritage and prairie roots, his life was dedicated to 'making a difference'. As a dedicated member of the Queen's University community for over six decades, he taught generations of students about local government, created professional development programs for municipal staff, and provided counseling for students. Working as a consultant and an educator, his work took him to Europe and Russia and across Canada from Newfoundland to Whitehorse. He was heavily involved in local government reform in Ontario, including chairing the Commission which led to the formation of the Waterloo Region.

In Kingston, he was instrumental in the formation of the Art Collection Society and the City's Planning Department, which assisted with neighbourhood improvement projects and the City's early efforts in heritage conservation which became the foundation of the Ontario Heritage Act. For many years he was a member and Chair of Kingston's Planning Committee and the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority. 

Stewart was a voracious reader, avid Gaels football fan and lover of cottage life with his dear family at Lake Sir John and Eagle Lake.