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May 18, 2021

William Baren Stewart of Hay Lakes, Alberta, formerly of Kincardine, died at his home, May 18, 2021, in his 52nd year. Survived by his parents, William James and Nancy Stewart (Kirkconnell) of Kincardine, and John and Marybelle Roesgen (Hunter) of Sarnia. He leaves behind his special friend, Chad Mercereau; and past spouse, Jacay Clegg. Unrivaled father of Taylor (Walter Trzmiel), Landon (Shailynn Smith) and Caiti (Robert Forest). Beloved brother of Tad (Sophia) and Brandon (Jason Michael). He will be greatly missed by his extended family, including sibling in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and life-long friends. Baren was born and raised in Kincardine, off the shores of Lake Huron where he spent his early years swimming competitively for the Kippers Swim Club. He could often be found swimming in the lake, especially from the harbour to the breakwall where it would just be him and the seagulls. He had the voice of an angel and would shine on the stage, performing in many musicals and singing contests, and even winning a gold medal. He would often sing at funerals for family and friends, bringing tears to people’s eyes and melting their hearts while he sang “Amazing Grace.” After moving to Alberta, he met Jacay and they settled in the Village of Hay Lakes, raising three fantastic children, and he went on to join the Carpenters’ Union, Local 1325. Looking to serve his community, he joined the volunteer fire department, became a councillor, and deputy mayor, and then served two terms as mayor of Hay Lakes. Baren was instrumental in starting the Hay Lakes Communities in Bloom. His love of nature and desire to always give back, showed in the community Scout and Venturer programs, volunteering and attending the excursions, assisting with canoe portage, making sure there was always wood for the fire on those blistering cold nights, and he ALWAYS made sure every kid had a dry pair of socks. Always forthright offering advice, with a phrase for any situation either big or small, “Well you better get your rider on the horse;” and that’s what would happen, they would just get on with the task that had to be done. His former co-workers at American Bridge will surely miss Beaker’s infectious smile, big heart, and subtle humor. The family sends a huge thank you to Corbett Geldart. We cannot express how grateful we are for everything you have been doing for us all, you were indeed a loyal friend. Special thanks also to Baren’s life-long friends, Tim Kelch and Sheri Campbell; you both have been dedicated and caring friends beyond measure. In keeping with Baren’s wishes, there will be a private service held for the immediate family, Sunday May 30, 2021. There will also be a celebration of life held as soon as restrictions and time allow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Baren’s name are graciously accepted, to the Friends Of The Hay Lakes Municipal Library (P.O. Box 69, Hay Lakes, Alberta, T0B 1W0), or to the Kincardine Kippers Swim Team, c/o the Davidson Centre, 601 Durham St., Kincardine, Ontario, N2Z 1L7.