General · 13th June 2014
Born: St. Lucia, November 3, 1924
Died: Campbell River BC, June 5, 2014
Hilary Majendie Stewart passed on peacefully after a five year decline resulting from a stroke. Prior to that she lived life with gusto and purpose. After boarding school in England, 6 years in the armed forces during and after WWII, and completing studies at St. Martin's School of Art, she followed her brother Peter to Canada in 1951. She worked as an artist for CHEK TV, before embarking upon a career as an artist/writer about the art and artifacts of the First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest. She won many awards for her 11 books, with Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast (1979) and Cedar (1984) being the most well known, widely referenced and reprinted. Hilary's long association with the Archaeological Society of BC was an integral part of her life. For the last 35 years, her chosen home has been Quadra Island where she was a great champion of the land that she loved. She was pre-deceased by her brother Peter and her sister Heather. She is survived by her sister-in-law Anna Stewart, her niece Robyn Stewart and her nephew Ian Stewart. There will be a celebration of her life on June 21st, at 1:30 pm at the Quadra Island Community Centre. Flowers gratefully declined in favour of a contribution to the "UBC Museum of Anthropology" for the Hilary Stewart Endowment Fund for First Nations Education Programs. Her talents and contributions to cross-cultural understanding blessed us all, and will continue to do so.