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Alan Roy Stewart

May 8, 1942 - June 10, 2020

Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Al and his mom spent a year in Toronto when he was a teen. He attended Mount Allison University in Sackville for a BA in Pre-Theology Philosophy & Classical History. He joined the Canadian Navy and was very proud of his time in service.

Al came out when he was 391. After the Navy, Al ran a motorcycle shop - City Cycle on Gottingen Street, worked at the Better Business Bureau, Rumours, the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission and finally worked at the Halifax Courthouse from 1995 until his retirement at age 61.

Al had a slew of volunteer activities, including Clerk Of The Course at what was then Atlantic Motorsports Park in Goffs, east of the Halifax Airport. In our community, he was involved with GAE & GALA, was the coordinator of the Over Thirties social group, TightRope, MacLeather, MacAIDS, the AIDS Quilt vigils, NSGEU activism; he was president of one of the locals, a Justice of the peace, and he married a few local gay couples.

He was involved with the United Church LGBT group Affirm and later was an elder at, and intrinsic in getting Affirming -- that is, welcoming to LGBT folk -- status for St John's United Church in Halifax's north end. While at St John's, Al got the church bells working again after decades of disuse, and took great pleasure in playing them every Sunday. there's a picture of him playing them here.

Al met Mike Sangster in 1995 when Al as working the door at Rumours and Mike was on the GaeGala Board. They were together until the end; Mike was at his side when Al passed to the next world at Dartmouth General Hospital at age 78.

May 8, 2020
Posted that it was his birthday on the Turret Memories Facebook group. Best wishes from GerryJones?, ScotLingley?, RobinMetcalfe, RegGiles, LarryBaxter, BarryHeath, BarbaraSawatsky?, AnitaMartinez, and DavidUpham?

picAl Stewart (Left ) ( Halifax Pride 2005)

Oral History with Don Goss

On January 31, 2016, DonGoss? did an oral history with Al and MikeSangster.

Here's the recording of the interview. Warning: Al has a wicked sense of humour and does not hesitate to pull the interviewer's leg.

And here's an index of what hey talk about, prepared by DanielMacKay and PoppyRiddle.

This page is in the OralHistoryCategory


1. Interview 4:30