Peterite cricketer David Stewart passes away

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Peterite cricketer of the 1960s David Stewart.

David, who passed away in Melbourne on June 5, will be remembered as a tall, stylish opening batsman at St Peter’s.

David’s life will be celebrated on Thursday, June 13, at 11am at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 120 Oban Road, Ringwood North, followed by the burial service at Lilydale Memorial Park, 126-128 Victoria Road, Lilydale.

The viewing will take place at Le Pine Funerals, 132 Mt Dandenong Road, Croydon, on Wednesday, June 12, from 4.15 -5pm.

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Messages of sympathy:

I am sorry to hear of the passing of David. He was a classmate of mine for a number of  years. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend his funeral as I am overseas at present. My condolences to David’s family. – John Rodrigo

I am saddened to hear of David’s passing. David was well-liked at St Peter’s College, and we played cricket together.  He was a fine, technically correct batsman who bowlers found difficult to dismiss. David played with a straight bat and we would fondly refer to him as Alan Kippax (an Australian cricketer of the 1930s who was a real batting stylist). Deepest sympathies to David’s family, and I am sure the thoughts of all Peterites are with them at this time.Lawrence Heyn

David was a classmate and was part of a gang of us that hounded Edmund Paiva’s place down Albert Place, Dehiwela or at David’s. I have many fond memories of these get-togethers. My wife, April, and I are glad that we were able to spend a night with David and Sandra during one of our visits to Melbourne. It was a pleasant time going down memory lane with them. David and Sandra always made it a point to meet up with us whenever we visited Melbourne. David was a fighter and was always positive about his illness. We are going to miss catching up with you my friend. Our deepest sympathy to Sandra and the family and to his sister, Gillian, and her family. May his soul rest in peace and eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. – Malcolm Atton

It’s with deep regret that we learned of David’s passing. We take this opportunity to convey our deepest sympathies to his wife and family and pray for you during these sad days. David was a gentleman and a wonderful role model. RIP – Dalston de Rozairo

We were fortunate to visit and spend some time with you. God Bless. Deepest sympathies to Sandra and family. – James & Dilky Alagaratnam

I still recollect the days at St Peter’s and wish to convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family members of the late David Stewart. I pray that Jesus will give you all the strength and peace during this time of sorrow. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to you.  – Aloysius Gomez

Last week, I happened to see some pix of David in hospital on FB which really saddened me. Somehow, I felt his time was near and made it a point to say a special prayer for him. The very next day I heard the sad news, and the rest of the day I was reminiscing about the days in the late ’60s, early ’70s; Some of the highlights were “Muthuvelu’s class”, Albert Place, Ratnakara Place, cricket at Fraser Ave, and on the vacant land next to 22 Albert Place. David was always well-dressed/groomed. By all accounts, David seems to have done incredibly well in ALL departments of life. Thanks David for the friendship, and Rest in Peace, buddy. – Edmund Paiva

I am grieved to hear of David’s passing. I studied with him at SPC in the early ’60s for 3-4 years, if my memory serves me right. I remember him to be very nattily dressed and soft spoken. I also recall he was very much into cricket – a great opening batsman and very difficult to get out, being the bane of most schoolboy bowlers. My prayer is that David is up in heaven and likely smiling down on us lesser mortals. – Tilak Fernando, Negombo, Sri Lanka

My dear David, your kindness and leadership will always be remembered. Vashdev Suresh Melvani

Some of my brothers and I got to know David, not only at college, but in the area where we lived – Campbell Place, Dehiwela, and other streets within close proximity. We played tennis ball cricket either on the road in front of our house or Fraser Avenue, both of which were close to sea breeze and wind, which taught us how to play a “moving ball”. Our leather ball team was known as the Campbell Rovers. David  joined us on a few occasions. Sadly, we lost touch with David when we shifted from Dehiwela to Ratmalana in the late ’60s. By then, elder brother Peter and I were playing cricket for college and shortly after that at the Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC ). I caught up with David about 20 or so years ago at the annual cricket match against the Old Josephians. I wish to convey my deepest sympathies and God’s choicest blessings on David’s wife and family. May he Rest In Peace. – Stephen  de Niese

I am saddened to hear of the passing of David Stewart.  David was a classmate and teammate of mine as we played for college in 1968.  He was a fine opening batsman, and also a very good left-arm leg-spin bowler, and a safe slip fielder; in other words, David was a very fine all-rounder, and a captain’s dream! David was a very soft-spoken, polite and likeable guy, which I will always remember. My deepest sympathies to Sandra and family. May he Rest In Peace – Rodney Paternott

David was a classmate and a good friend. We used to play cricket at Fraser Ane grounds in the weekend and at Albert Place in the evenings. David would join us and it was fun. David was a good dependable cricketer for his school. I remember one Josephian-Peterite cricket match when it was ending in a draw, David (his last year in school) was quite aggressive in his batting and I believe he scored 34 in a short while in the second innings, with about 4 boundaries, and this was the first I had seen David being this aggressive. Rosemary and I were very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend a week with my cousin, Sandra and David in February 2018 and it was nice reminiscing all the memories of our teachers and friends during college days. We also met his children and their families and this is something we will cherish for a long time. I knew his whole family. David was a polite, loving caring father and husband. It is with sadness that we heard of David’s passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to Sandra and the family and to David’s sister Gillian and her family. He will be missed. May his soul Rest In Peace – Cedric Scheffer