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Betty June Stewart (nee Fraser)

Posted By Egan Funeral Home On July 11, 2020 @ 2:03 pm In Bolton Area,Obituaries | 37 Comments

Stewart B.J.

It is with great sadness that the Stewart family announces the passing of their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Betty June Stewart (nee Fraser), at Malton Village Long Term Care, Mississauga, on Saturday, July 11, 2020, in her 91st year.  Betty June was the beloved wife of the late R.J. Stewart for over 62 years.  Loving mother of Nancy Stewart and John Milligan, Palgrave; Scott Stewart and Holly McGaffin, Campbellville; Heather and Larry Laidlaw, Norval; Brian and Kristen Stewart, Mission Viego, California; Linda and Kevin McKee, Kincardine.  Betty June leaves behind 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  Born in Huttonville Ontario, she was the eldest of four children of the late J.M. and Bessie Fraser of Spring Farms.  Survived by her sister, Mary and Joe (deceased) Leach, Kingsville; and her brothers Jim (deceased) and Donna Fraser, Markdale; and Jack Fraser and Sue Ferri, Flesherton.

B.J., as she was called, graduated in 1953 from Macdonald Institute, now the University of Guelph.  She was a Grand Champion of the Home Economics Division in her senior year.  Her yearbook quote was “Good things come in small packages”.  She and her husband R.J. developed the International Holsteins show herd that took top honours on the show circuit throughout Canada and the United States.  She travelled the world with R.J. promoting Canadian Holsteins.  She will be forever remembered for her fabulous pastry in pies and butter tarts as well as her Christmas fruit cakes. 

The family are very thankful to the staff of Malton Village for the care they provided the last 5 years, particularly during these past 4 months. She celebrated her 90th birthday, a milestone for her family, last month with a window visitation.  The isolation from family and loneliness due to COVID-19 regulations were a high price for her to pay at the end of her life. 

Due to the global pandemic, a private family funeral service will be held at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Saturday, July 18 at 2 o’clock.   

The family invites extended family and friends to watch the service on Saturday at 2 o’clock through live streaming at www.music21.ca/live.  

Private family interment at Morningside Cemetery in Palgrave.

Masks are mandatory when attending the funeral service and at the cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com

Condolences for the family of “Betty June Stewart (nee Fraser)”

Condolence from Doug and Brenda on July 11th, 2020 3:00 pm

You have our sympathies. She lived a great life, treasure the memories. Hugs to you all

Condolence from Jane Laker on July 11th, 2020 3:33 pm

My Sincere Condolences to all my cousins’ and their families. May Aunt Betty June be an Angel on your shoulders alway❤️

Condolence from Sheila Paradi on July 11th, 2020 5:14 pm

Thinking of you all and the growing up memories of hanging out at the farm for Saturday lunches and 4-H events with Aunt Betty June.
Love & prayers,
Sheila & family

Condolence from Sylvia King on July 11th, 2020 5:18 pm

Dear Nancy and John.. my deepest sympathies on the passing of your mom .. I remember her fondly.. she had so much spirit and always made us laugh at the dental office .. what a wonderful lady!
Thinking of you and all your family
Sylvia King

Condolence from John Fraser on July 11th, 2020 5:30 pm

John and I,and family send our sincere condolences to all of cousin Betty June’s family. So sad to hear that the pandemic caused such a stressful last few months for her,and all of you. She was a wonderful example of the very finest of Canadian farm life! So sorry this virus will prevent us from attending this coming week. Will be thinking of you. John and Cathy Fraser(Georgetown)

Condolence from Connie Mezzone on July 11th, 2020 6:45 pm

Nancy and family,

Sincere condolence on the passing of your mother. May you all hold your memories close to your hearts.

Condolence from Ernie Lansing on July 11th, 2020 7:35 pm

Condolences to the entire family for the passing of such a great woman !
May her legacy live on in all who knew and loved her .
Ernie & Cherie Lansing

Condolence from Al and Cathie McPhedran on July 11th, 2020 7:39 pm

So sorry to hear of the loss your mom. Thoughts and prayers to your family
Al and Cathie Mcphedran

Condolence from LeeAnne Bell on July 11th, 2020 8:55 pm

Nancy, Scott, Brian, Heather, Linda.

A life well lived!

John and I send our condolences.

Condolence from Lorraine McKean on July 11th, 2020 10:48 pm

So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May your happy memories help sustain you and your family during this very difficult time.

Sincerest condolences.

Condolence from Jennifer Laidlaw on July 12th, 2020 7:12 am

I wish I could come to celebrate her life with Family but the isolation requirements after travel have made this nearly impossible. I will miss Grandma Stewart dearly and will always remember her busy knitting by the fire when she would get a chance to sit after supper.

Condolence from Mary Lou Vetro on July 12th, 2020 11:19 am

It’s never easy to lose a mom or Grandma. Praying that the “God of all Comfort” meet all of your needs as you remember the sweet memories and blessings of her life.

Condolence from Donna Fraser on July 12th, 2020 12:54 pm

I will celebrate Betty June’s life by watching the virtual coverage from Egan’s Funeral Home.
Covid 19 has caused so much disruption in our normal lives, it has affected us all in so many horrible ways.
I’m sending you all virtual hugs and much love. I’m so sad that I cannot give them to you in person.
She is at peace now.
Aunt Donna

Condolence from Deborah on July 12th, 2020 3:01 pm

Dear Nancy, John, and family

Our deepest condolences on your loss.

Much love
Deborah and Barney

Condolence from Leslie Leach on July 12th, 2020 4:47 pm

To Nancy & John, Heather & Larry, Scott& Holly, Brian&Kristen, Linda&Kevin—condolences from Leslie & David and our family, Brantford..we have been reminiscing about Aunt BJ and Uncle RJ lately-fond memories!
Much love, Leslie & Dave xxoo

Condolence from Joyce Williamson on July 12th, 2020 5:09 pm

I have so many happy memories of Betty June over the years. Sending you all my love and condolences. Cousin Joyce

Condolence from Mario and Lidiana Onisto on July 12th, 2020 5:14 pm

Our condolences; we are very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing.

Thinking of all of you, at this time of loss. May your memories give you peace and comfort

Mario and Lidiana Onisto
and family

Condolence from Bonnie Cooper on July 13th, 2020 9:12 am

My deepest sympathy to the Stewart family on the passing of Betty June. I remember having many visits with her at Holstein events during the years that she and R.J. were active in the Holstein business.

Condolence from Lynn Fraser on July 13th, 2020 11:07 am

Sorry to hear of Betty June’s passing. The reality of these unprecedented times take not only a physical toll, but unfortunately for our loved ones who are isolated, an immeasurable mental and psychological toll. It is a cruel end for those in the “greatest generation “. Sending hugs and love to you all. Lynn

Condolence from Cathy Wilosn and Bryon Wilson on July 13th, 2020 2:55 pm

Our deepest sympathies to Heather and Nancy and family on the loss of your mom. Hard enough to lose your mom at anytime. more difficult during these times when the community cannot pay respects.

Condolence from Hon. John McDermid, on July 13th, 2020 7:08 pm

The Fraser Family have been great friends and supporters of mine over the many years in politics. Sad to hear of Betty June’s passing. My condolences to the entire Fraser Clan. Thinking of you in this very sad time. John.

Condolence from Muriel Jackson on July 13th, 2020 7:20 pm

Nancy, I am sorry for your loss. Treasure your memories!

Condolence from Marg Stewart on July 13th, 2020 7:38 pm

It is with sympathy I think of you at this difficult and sad time. It is hard to lose your mom for she is the glue who holds the family together, hold close the memories.

Aunt Marg and family.

Condolence from Isabelle Bottoms on July 13th, 2020 10:51 pm

So sorry to hear about Betty June’s passing. Sincere sympathy to all the family.
Fond memories come to mind of travelling together to judge at fairs, and the lively discussion on the way home.
A bag of Cortland apples would often appear; Grandma Jennie’s favourite for a winning pie.

Condolence from Marnie & Murray Stewart on July 14th, 2020 11:38 am

Dear Family of BJ & RJ
May your happy and positive memories be helpful as you deal in your own way with the Passing of your Mom.
We have lots of good memories,and we share our condolences.
Aunt Marnie and Uncle Murray

Condolence from Ken and Christine Graham on July 14th, 2020 12:22 pm

To Nancy, and John,
A sad ending to a dynamic lady of one of the top farming families in Canada. The pandemic has taken a lot away from us and none more than those isolated from their families in long term care. I commend you on a beautiful write up and next time I see you knitting, I will remember where you acquired that skill. Our sincere condolences to you and the Stewart clan.
Ken and Christine Graham

Condolence from Connie Vanstone on July 15th, 2020 12:00 pm

Heather, Larry and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I can’t believe it is 5 years since I have seen you. My love and thoughts are with you all’

Condolence from June Matson on July 16th, 2020 2:37 pm

To the Stewart family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother.


Condolence from Allan and Anne, James and Rachel, Julia and Adam on July 18th, 2020 10:06 am

Heather, Scott, Linda, Brian, Nancy & families…

Please know our Thompson family is sharing in your sorrow at this difficult time. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to grieve in these very strange times…especially when Brian is not able to sit with you today in the chapel pew. May the wonderful memories of a life well lived wrap you in a loving embrace to comfort and sustain you, Our own late Heather Ann held your mother in very high regard and Roy also sends along his condolences. Please know you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all

Condolence from David Thompson on July 18th, 2020 2:44 pm

Lovely service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Jana Lyn Rutledge on July 18th, 2020 2:53 pm

Dear Family of Uncle RJ and Aunt Betty June,

Thinking of you all at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss and how hard the isolation had on her and all of you.
Cherish all her wonderful memories forever.

Love to all.

Condolence from Beth Laidlaw on July 18th, 2020 3:16 pm

I watched the celebration of your Mom’s life virtually. Paul was right when he said that in different times, the funeral home would have been packed. Your family was highly regarded and connected. On behalf of Paul and Carol Ann, I send sincere sympathy. Our Dad was always very proud of his Fraser cousins.
Beth Laidlaw

Condolence from Catherine Franklin on July 18th, 2020 3:18 pm

Mary (L), Leslie, and Catherine watched the virtual service together in Kingsville under the sycamore. It was a lovely service and a wonderful tribute to a remarkable woman. We all remember visiting the Stewarts at the family farm in Bolton. Aunt Betty June loved children, animals, cranberry glass and antiques. She sewed all her family’s clothing including Mary’s bridesmaids’ and flower girl’s dresses. Aunt Betty June had a wonderful sense of humour and loved to giggle. She was proud to be a farmer and embraced rural life. She enjoyed world travel with RJ promoting Canadian Holsteins. We are very glad she is at rest and sorry all her loving family could not be there in person. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Mary (L), Leslie, and Catherine.

Condolence from Joe Gray on July 18th, 2020 4:28 pm

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother to all the Stewart Families and extended families.. Heather and Nancy we are thinking about you at this time. We watched the excellent service today at Egan’s. This is the first service that we have been apart of this way and felt that we were there. Everything went well. Thanks for providing this service for those who could not attend in person.
Warmest regards Elaine and Joe Gray

Condolence from ELsa Wilson on July 19th, 2020 1:17 pm

As a young girl I spent many happy times visiting Spring Farms and also the cottage in Meaford ,Ont
Betty June helped me learn to knit .She was great fun.
My condolences to her entire family

Cousin Elsa Wilson ( Fraser ) , Kingsville,Ont.

Condolence from Mary Killeen on July 21st, 2020 8:14 am

We would like to express our sincere condolences to Betty’s family. We have many fond memories being at the farm
Fintan and Mary Killeen

Condolence from Mary Killeen on July 21st, 2020 8:16 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty’s family
Hazel Morrison and family

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