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IN MEMORIAM: David A. Stewart (LLB '59)

Posted by Jane Doucet on November 2, 2017 in News

The Schulich School of Law extends its condolences and sympathy to the family, friends, and former colleagues of David A. Stewart (LLB ’59), who died on Oct. 18, which was his 82nd birthday.

Dean Camille Cameron worked with Stewart at Stewart McKelvey from 1981 to 1991. “He was a good friend of the law school over the years,” she says. “I had the pleasure of working with him first as an associate, then as a partner. He was a source of advice and expertise for young lawyers.”

Born in Liverpool, N.S., and raised in Moncton, Stewart earned an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University, a law degree from Dalhousie, and a master’s in comparative law from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, which he followed with further studies at the London School of Economics.

Stewart joined the law firm of Stewart, McKeen and Covert in Halifax, which later became Stewart McKelvey. Specializing in corporate, tax, and estate law, he worked hard on behalf of his clients during his 56-year legal career. He was often cited as a leading Canadian lawyer who delivering consistent and reliable advice for trust and estate matters.

A member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, Stewart was an active member of the Canadian Naval Reserves for several years. He was proud of his work in the reserves, and after his service ended, he continued to support all of Canada’s armed services.

Stewart McKelvey’s most senior partner, Stewart joined the firm in 1961 and became a partner in 1968. He was “a beloved partner of ours, we are mourning his loss,” said Lydia Bugden, CEO and managing partner of Stewart McKelvey.