Richard ‘Dick’ Stewart. Image: Wines of Canada

Founder of West Kelowna Quails’ Gate Winery Dick Stewart dies

Richard ‘Dick’ Stewart died at the age of 94

The father of Kelowna West MLA Ben Stewart has died.

Richard ‘Dick’ Stewart died at the age of 94 alongside his family.

Quails’ Gate Winery, which is owned by the Stewart family, announced the passing of Dick on May 12.

The City of West Kelowna Mayor, Council and staff extended their condolences to the Stewart family stating Dick was a founding father of the Westside and helped to make the Okanagan wine industry flourish into what it is today.

Dick was born in 1926 to the parents of Irish immigrants who settled in the Okanagan in 1908. After serving in the Second World War Richard graduated from UBC with degrees in agriculture and commerce. In 1959, he purchased the property now known as Quails’ Gate and planted the first grapes in 1961.

The Stewart family was one of 14 families in the area that established the charity, the Central Okanagan Foundation.

He and his wife Rosemary had four children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

READ MORE: Quails’ Gate Winery to celebrate 30 year anniversary

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Obituaries

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Eco-friendly bus service seeks to add Kelowna to Osoyoos route

Bus would stop in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Penticton, Kaledan, Oliver, Osoyoos

Kelowna trial date set for Penticton quadruple-homicide

John Brittain’s jury trial will commence on Oct 5, 2020 in Kelowna

COLUMN: The gentle art of the disagreement

Differing opinions can work as a strength

Be mindful of COVID-19 safety measures, says City of Penticton

“The threat of COVID-19 is not over,” says mayor John Vassilaki

COLUMN: Books come back with curbside pickup

Okanagan Regional Library begins first phase of reopening process

Kelowna General Hospital Foundation launches fundraising initiative to support local health care

The initiative also highlights workers at Kelowna General Hospital

Kelowna man charged with animal cruelty

The 20-year-old Kelowna resident remains in custody

High tech fish transport system set up to ‘whoosh’ salmon past Big Bar landslide

Fish will spend roughly 20 seconds inside the system, moving at roughly 20 metres per second

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Snowbirds jets will not be leaving Kamloops, just yet

The Snowbirds have been in Kamloops since May 17 when a plane crashed killing Capt. Jennifer Casey

COVID-19 checkpoints ‘up to them,’ Bonnie Henry says of remote B.C. villages

Support local tourism economy, but only if you’re invited in

Vancouver Island hasn’t seen a new homegrown case of COVID-19 in two weeks

Island’s low and steady transmission rate chalked up to several factors

COVID-19 Pets: What you need to know

An infograph from Cyberpets.com explains how to care for your pet during COVID-19

Most Read