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OBITUARY

Gaye Diane STEWART

December 6, 1954May 14, 2020

Gaye Diane Stewart, age 64, passed away peacefully, after a short battle with cancer, at Surrey Memorial Hospital on May 14th, 2020. She is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her brother Wayne and sister-in-law Cathy, as well as many relatives and friends. Her friends and sisters in prayer, Sam, Georgia, Pat, Elaine and Aurelle will miss Gaye’s quiet calm and guidance. She was predeceased by her parents Anne & George Stewart and her sister Joy Anne Stewart.

Born in Winnipeg, where she became an accomplished dancer, she left for Vancouver in 1976 where her love of the ocean and God blossomed. She was a very private soul on a lifelong journey of self-improvement and a calling to help others. She is loved, she is missed she is rejoiced.

Gaye recently retired from Simon Fraser University, which offered her the opportunity to release her creative passions and begin new endeavors such as painting and photography. We are blessed to have some of her wonderful art work that conveys her love for Jesus and the natural world around us.

Expressions of God’s Heart is Gaye’s website where she wanted to share her journey in experiencing the love of God. She chose the double rainbow as her symbol as after the darkest day comes the most wonderous light.

A Celebration of Gaye’s life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or your charity of choice, which all need our help in these trying times.

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Marlene McConnell

June 5, 2020

It was shocking news to hear of your passing, Gaye. It’s taken me some time to sit down and share this memory. Although it’s been many years since we shared a house with other dear friends, I still remember your love of cats, your love of tea, your ballroom dancing competitions, and your sweet gentle laugh. Above all, your passion for God which is embodied and glorified in your art - your paintings, your writings, and your love and caring for others is what stands out to me. Through the years, we crossed paths again at various times and places. I am grateful to have had the small yet precious time on earth with you, and look forward, when we see each other again in glory. Your painting on your Facebook profile page is truly a work of art - pointing us to Jesus and His love for all. I hope it’s ok I am sharing it here. Love, Marlene (Wells) McConnell

Leah Travasso

May 29, 2020

My dear friend, Gaye Stewart♥️
I am heartbroken at the news of your passing, for we did not have the chance to say goodbye. Thank you so much for making the long trek out here to visit me last summer. I will always treasure the few days that we had together. Thank you for always being there for me. Just hearing your voice calmed me during difficult times in my life. You were always such a loving and caring friend. I will miss you Gaye, so very much. You had the heart of a worshiper and I know you are in your glory now, for you are worshipping the Lord of Lords and the King or Kings. Looking into the eyes of our saviour🙌 I am sorry that you were not able to enjoy your retirement the way you deserved, but you are free now my friend from all sickness and disease. Goodbye my dear dear friend until we meet again. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend. I love you Gaye♥️🌺🙌😘

Elaine Evans

May 27, 2020

Gaye, until we meet again I guess this is goodbye.
Your creativity always inspired me.
Singing, dancing, painting, knitting and even more.
And writing, I know at heart you were a writer.
You embodied so much talent.
I was always amazed at your ability to find a new way to express yourself.
I’ll miss hearing you plan the next painting, and step by step seeing it appear.

I want to thank you for so many prayers.
You were always willing to pray for anyone in need.
Gaye, I’ll truly miss you at home church.
These many years we shared the best and the worst of life each Thursday night.
You were a vital part of our small group and we’ll sadly miss you.

Gaye, you’ll be greatly missed by all your friends and family who love you.
I know we’ll meet again in Heaven, until then I’ll miss you.
With great sadness I say goodbye for now, love Elaine.

Gayle Brawn

May 27, 2020

My heart breaks for Gaye's friends and family. What a terrible loss as she was such a kind and beautiful co-worker. She had a genuine smile and a subtle but great sense of humour. I can't believe she is gone so soon.

May Tan

May 27, 2020

From the Joshua Ministries Team
We are so deeply saddened by this news of Gaye’s sudden passing. Gaye has been a member of the Joshua team since 2004. Throughout these years we feel so privileged to have enjoyed knowing her and working together with her in prayer ministry.

We shall miss Gaye dearly. It won’t be the same without her at our regular monthly meetings, our prayer retreats, annual Christmas dinners, praying onsite at our clients’ workplaces as well as enjoying occasional dinner treats given by one of our Chinese business ministry partners. She took on responsibilities to compile our business ministry profiles and willingly helped to produce monthly composite reports. Two of us ladies in the Joshua team have enjoyed Gaye’s company at dinner outings, walks by the beach, pedicures/manicures at a local spa. One of us even travelled with her on a short trip to Europe on a prayer ministry assignment. While she didn’t enjoy long flights, there was one thing we all knew was how she always looked forward to her rich and precious times spent with family in Arizona.

We value and appreciate Gaye for being such a dependable and patient co-worker in the ministry, and for her kind, gentle and steadfast heart as a friend. She sang beautifully during worship times reflecting her love and sensitivity for the Lord. Having seen photos of her paintings we know that she was also very gifted in artwork as a hobby. We shall miss Gaye’s laughter and warm smiles, the great fun we have enjoyed together over Christmas at Bob and Gini’s home and just hearing her voice sharing and praying.

Above all, we are assured of her faith in the Lord. Her close relationship with the Lord filled her with confidence and hope that no matter what He would be with her. Even if it was her time to leave she would be with Him in Paradise. Gaye has joined the cloud of witnesses cheering us on from Heaven and we know her that one day we will be reunited with her in Christ for eternity.

Steve Birnie

May 27, 2020

I just wanted to say that I’m so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Gaye for several years, and I always appreciated her work ethic, sense of humour, and the warmth she brought to the team. She was so important to us. The news has devastated us all, and our thoughts are with you and the family.
Thinking of you,

Steve

I worked with Gaye for many years in my previous position and she was such a thoughtful person, always willing to help. I’m sorry she didn’t have more time to enjoy her retirement.

Susanne Stockdill
Faculty of Science

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I am so, so sorry to hear of Gaye's passing. I never met her in person, but so appreciated her calm, kind personality and humour, apparent even over email. I'm so sorry to hear she didn't have more time to enjoy retirement. Sending warmth to her family and to all of her work family.

Kim McKay
School of Interactive Arts & Technology

Steve Birnie

May 27, 2020

I hope you will also pass this note along to Gaye’s colleagues. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and colleague Gaye. She was a valued member of our Student Services team. I know it is difficult not being able to lean on each other for support in our usual ways at this time. I hope though you will find ways to connect with each other and have the opportunity to honour Gaye in due time.

Best,
Rummana
Vice Provost, Students & International pro-tem & Registrar

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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My deepest sympathies and thoughts go to you, your team, and Gaye's family.

Take care,
Yuna
Associate Director (Acting), Health Promotion

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That is sad news indeed. Thank you for sharing the news though.

Gaye deserved more from her retirement.

I’ll keep her family and friends in my thoughts.

Best,
Anke
Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
Department of Geography

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Very sad news, she was a very sweet person and am sorry to hear that she passed away.

Take care.

Manoj
Director, Financial Aid and Awards


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This is such sad news indeed. She was a wonderful person and we had all wished her a long happy retirement, and to hear this has happened so quickly is distressing. My thoughts for the family, but also for your team that has worked with her closely at SFU - it must be very hard.

Kind regards,

Laura Bologea
Manager and Undergraduate Advisor | Department of Philosophy

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That is very sad need indeed. She was super person to work with.

Debbie
Biology

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This is such sad news to hear, indeed. My heart goes out to her family and also for you and those on your team who worked even more closely with her over the years.

kindly and with sympathy,
Marissa
Executive Director, Undergraduate Programs, Beedie School of Business

Gayle Brawn

May 27, 2020

I was shocked and heartbroken to hear of Gaye's passing. Gaye was an integral part of the SFU community as her job reached out to every department. Although she just recently retired, the news of her passing will have affected many people.

I worked with Gaye in Undergraduate Records when I believe she first came to SFU. When she moved to the Scheduling Office, her desk was still in the same office space. Gaye was quiet with a gentle but self-assured soul. She was always so helpful assisting me with scheduling issues.

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

With deepest sympathy,
Gayle Brawn

Yasko 1

May 26, 2020

Dear Gaye,

I see you walking down the hallway and smiling and I hear your laughter over the divides of the cubicles. You left us too soon. It was a pleasure and privilege to have known you.

I hope and pray that your family, friends, co-workers and all of us will be comforted knowing that you are now safely home with your Lord.

Yasko

Gayle Higgionson

May 26, 2020

I have two regrets. One day in passing she said we should try to get together but I did not follow up on that. The other being that our relationship concluded more as landlord and tenant than friends. The talk of a rent increase pushed her out of the nest to take the step of getting her own place.
Hearing from Jane a description of Gaye's lovely new home that was even bigger than mine gave me a reason to smile to myself. Never did I imagine that the day we met for the return of building keys would be the last time we would see each other.

On file, I have original documents of all our transactions if you for any reason would like copies of them.

I would like to add that the life of a single Christian woman has many challenges and I think they took a toll on Gaye.
There is no more calorie counting and now she can return to the love of dancing she enjoyed in her youth but with complete freedom and security in heavenly places - and with as many kittens as she would like as well.

I see now we both had a brother named Wayne - you can be very proud of your sister and please speak about her to many - year, after year.

Blessings in Christ,
Gayle Higginson

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