Diane Stewart


Diane Gabrielle Stewart passed away peacefully at Chatham Kent Hospital in the early morning of Thursday December 30th after several courageous battles with health concerns.

She was born to the late Sidney Plumridge (1977) and Martha (nee Mortier, 2011) in 1947.

After the early passing of her adored husband, John Stewart in 1988, she dedicated her life to her twin children Andrew (Elaina) Stewart and Sara (Jason) Heuvelmans while continuing her working career at Union Gas. While she faced struggles, she never struggled to provide the love and care her children needed – they always came first.

She also leaves behind (6) grandchildren who were the centre of her world, Koren and Maddux Stewart, Fraser, Gabriel, Xavier and Alexandra Heuvelmans.

Many hockey games were attended, hiding out in the warm lobby to find another grandma who was there that she could socialize with and football games that she always told us she didn’t approve of when it was over – but she wouldn’t miss them to provide support.  They all miss everything about her tremendously.

Dearest sister and undoubtedly her best friend Patricia (late Mike) Bechard. They were Disney companions and world travellers together – having reached all corners of the world.  They shared multiple daily phone calls with one another, talking everything from Netflix to their dinner menu’s – we will be forever grateful to Aunt Pat for her loyalty and dedication to mom during her sickness.

Diane always tried to keep an eye on her (2) younger siblings, sister Nancy Johnson and brother Bill Plumridge.

Sister in law to Nancy (Jack) Pickering, Evelyn (Bruce) Hodgson,  Ronald (late Gail) Stewart, Paul (late Bonnie) Stewart and predeceased by Kathy (Allan) Paine, Betty Anne Stewart, Edith (George) Jackson, Bob (Ruth) Stewart and James (Angela) Stewart.

During her later years, she travelled the world at her pace with no regrets.  When she wasn’t on the road or in the air, she devotedly took care of her mother in sickness, as well as many years of her aunt and uncle as they aged, never hesitating to provide them the care they deserved.  This is who she was – helping her family when most needed.

In the role of a mother, we could ask nothing more from her and she will remembered as a nurturer, a valiant fighter through her sickness, a lover of her family gatherings and our frequent calls and visits to talk about whatever was on our mind or how she could help us.  She gave up so much for her children and they will never forget her kindness, generosity, love and empathy for others – continuing to pass on her traits to their own children.  Mom really was a signal of strength in all that she did.

So many special friends to thank for their support over the years including Glen & Ryan King & their family, Jeanette Symons, Linda Gee, Marion Tremblay, Patrick & Donna Whelihan, Jane Remington – and her special little neighbour friend, Austin.  Also missed will be the gatherings with her extended family, who she considered some of her dearest friends, Ken & Theresa Banks, Roger & Pat Van Praet and Joanne Van Praet.

A visitation will take place Thursday January 6, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Life Transitions.

**Please note** Current Covid Protocols will be in place. You must contact Life Transitions at 519-351-4444 or info@lifetransitions.ca to reserve a time for visitation.

We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chatham Kent Hospice or PAWR (Pet & Wildlife Rescue) – special groups to my mother and our family.

Mom, we will miss you more than you will ever know – this is not goodbye and we know you will be waiting – “Memories of a life that’s been loved.”

70 Comments on “Diane Stewart”

  1. We are so sorry about this tremendous loss, Andrew and Elaina. We are thinking if you at this very difficult time.
    Laura and Mike

  2. Andrew and Sara and families
    What a beautiful and emotional tribute to a wonderful lady….I remember her being exactly as you have described her… very thoughtful and caring for her family and especially proud of each of you!….Please accept our most sincere condolences for your heartbreaking loss and we will keep you in our thoughts as you mourn your Mom and Grandmother…Rest in Peace Aunt Diane

  3. Worked with Diane for many years in the Purchasing Dept at Union Gas. She was always known for her dedication to her job and it was a privilege to have worked with her. In retirement, I would occasionally see Diane outside on Parkwood and we would ” reminisce” about our days at U.G. My condolences to Diane’s family.

  4. Andrew, Sara and families: this is such a beautiful tribute to your mom. You are in my thoughts at such a difficult time. May the memories bring you peace.

  5. Our deepest condolences goes out to the entire family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  6. So very sorry for your loss Andrew , Elaina and family . Thinking of you all during this difficult time in your life .

    Heather & Tim

  7. Sending our deepest condolences to Sarah, Jason and family of the loss of your mother. Thinking of you all during this difficult time

  8. So sorry to hear of your loss. May your happy memories help you through this difficult time.

    Mary Ellen Mortier and Kathy Holmes

  9. Dear Sara,
    I am so sad to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember talking to you and Jason at my workplace not that long ago and you mentioned your mother was progressing well. I recall your mother and I having ‘sidewalk chats’ when we would happen to see each other while shopping. She was always so pleasant and upbeat. My sincere sympathy to you and all of your family. I am thinking of you in your time of loss.


  10. Sara and Andrew and families. Our fondest memory of your Mom was her ability to include all is us at any family gatherings. We always enjoyed our conversations. She was certainly a loving mom and grandmother. She will be deeply missed

  11. Our sincere condolences to the family of Diane Stewart
    May God comfort you in your time of sorrow
    Jim & Lori Arrivo

    1. Andrew, Elaina and families – so very sorry to learn of the passing of your mom. What a wonderful tribute to what was clearly a life well lived. Sending our deepest condolences to you during such a difficult loss.
      Alysson Storey and Dan Davidson

  12. I am so terribly sorry to hear of Diane’s Passing I was so blessed to of got to know her I had so many beautiful conversations with her and she truly was an amazing lady. I can’t imagine you pain as you say goodbye I knew how close you all were to her since she was always an active role in your lives. I am so so sorry on your loss and was so blessed to of know your mom and grandma. Cindy June

  13. Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. We will be keeping you all in our thoughts.
    Brian and Bridget Cox

  14. Andrew, Sara , Pat and families, we were so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom and sister. The tribute to her was beautifully written and showed a life well lived. Our condolences to all of you and your entire family for your loss and sadness.
    Jim & Janet

  15. Roger and I were so happy to be part of Diane’s life. We are so sorry that her very active life was cut short at such a young age. The part of her that we will remember the most is her never ending smile and her positive outlook on life…We send out deepest and sincere sympathy to the family.

  16. My sincere condolences to all the family. I grew up with Diane as we lived across the street and the Plumridges were a big part of our lives. I also commuted back and forth to Union Gas with Diane for a couple of years. I attended her wedding and baby shower and it saddens me that she was taken so soon. I wash shocked to hear when Bill announced to our family that she had passed on. Pat she was your best friend and loving sister and you will miss her greatly. her grandchildren were her pride and joy and Diane will be missed by so many. cherish her and keep her memories close.

    Patsy (Volkes) Stratford

  17. Sara and Andrew (and your families),

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your loving mother Diane. Your tribute is beautiful and provides a snapshot to all of a wonderful woman, friend, mother and grandmother who lived a life well-lived and well-loved by so many. She leaves a legacy of a shining light that will clearly live on in her children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. Thank you for sharing part of her story with us and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Todd, Jennifer, Josh and Courtney Wilcox

  18. I worked with Diane at UG. She was such a wonderful person. We had good chat and lots of laughs at work. She was very proud and loved her children and grandchildren so much. My deepest heartfelt condolences to Diane’s family.

  19. Our sincere condolences to the Stewart family. I too, worked in Purchasing with Diane and shared many laughs and good times. m

  20. Andrew, Sara, Pat, Billy, Nancy, Family and Friends

    Sending prayers and love your way during this difficult time. My deepest condolences for the loss of Diane, (your mom, grandmother, sister, Aunt, cousin, friend).

  21. Andrew, So sorry for the loss of your mom, she sounded like a wonderful lady. Thinking of you and your family as you navigate through this difficult time.

  22. My deepest sympathy to Diane’s family. I worked with Diane at Union Gas
    and will always remember her dedication to her children and family.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  23. Sara I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Wishing you comfort and peace and to be surrounded by love.

  24. Sara I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. She sounded like a amazing woman. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sue Demers.

  25. Our very heartfelt sympathy to Diane’s family and close friends. This is so sad. My brother and I were next door neighbours on McFadden. It was a nice place to live where kids (of all ages) had fun playing together. Dianne even patiently taught me how to ride a “two-wheeler”! In later years, if my brother ran into Dianne and Pat, there would always be a pleasant little “visit”.
    We pray your wonderful memories sustain you.
    Sue Laitinen and John Blokker

  26. Nancy and I first met Diane at Union Gas, back in the 60s. We would see her on different occasions more recently, be it at the hockey arena, an open house, or the ice cream shop…she always had a smile. Just such a beautiful person with a great outlook on life. Our condolences to her family.

  27. Andrew and family. I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I could tell how much your Mom meant to you but the way you spoke about her. My condolences to you and your family.

  28. Andrew, Sara and Families. I am so very sorry to read about Diane’s passing. I have many memories of her. She would always take the time to stop and visit in the grocery store or wherever we met. She loved to keep me posted about her family … knowing that I was interested in the “former students” that I was fortunate to have supply taught. I am thinking of everyone. Many happy memories to comfort you all.
    Kathy O’Neill

  29. Andrew & Sarah and families – what a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. Diane was certainly everything you said and our condolences go out to you as you say your final goodbyes to her. Your fond memories will always be in your hearts and she will be with you every day, especially through your children and each other. Much love sent to you all during this difficult time. Sharron & Stan

  30. Sara,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  31. My prayers are with you all on the loss of Diane. I’ve known her for a long time – back to grade school. Your tribute was beautiful- she will be missed.

  32. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing lady. I grew up on Alexandra Ave, and car pooled with Diane and Linda Gee when I worked at Union Gas. I still have the GE hand mixer that these two lovely ladies gave to me when I got married in 1968 and always think of them every time I use it. I have spoken to Diane occasionally…she was so very proud of her family. We would reminisce and catch up, especially about our mothers who were friends as well. My condolences to all of you for the loss of such a wonderful lady. May all your memories of a life well lived comfort you in the difficult days ahead. Take care of yourselves and each other.

  33. Sara & Jason, Andrew and Elaina and families, we are so sorry in the loss of your mother and grandmother. Our hearts are breaking with your’s and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. She was such a loving mother and grandmother and she was always so nice to talk to at family gatherings. She will be missed so much by those that loved her and knew her. She will live on in your hearts and in her grandkids. Lots of love to you all.

  34. Sara, Andrew and families,

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time. May her legacy live on in the lives of your children.

    Don & Amy (Cadotte) Landry

  35. I knew Diane from Union Gas and am saddened to hear the news. A wonderful testament to a lady who never gave up.

  36. Andrew, Elaina and family,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She sounded like a strong, and loving person.

    The Rigbys

  37. Our hearts go out to your entire family. Memories are the greatest gifts we have to keep and share with others. Sincerely, Sherry DeJong, Mike and Sue Tumak.

  38. My condolences to Diane’s family .I was so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing .
    Rest In Peace Diane.

  39. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you Sara and Jason and your entire family at this time .

    Deb and Dave Chambers

  40. Sara, Andrew and Patricia . So deeply sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers as this journey without her begins. So many wonderful memories you have shared that will help to carry you through the days ahead and help you to laugh, cry and ease the pain.
    Ann (Grant) & Mike Murphy

  41. Andrew and Sara our sincere condolences to you and all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  42. My sincere condolences to the family. Before covid Diane, Nancy Merideth , Marg Owen and I used to luncheon together. We always had a good time. I will miss those times and my friend Diane.

  43. “Mrs. Stewart”, because it didn’t ever feel right to call her Diane even as an adult, was my second mom throughout my childhood. I will cherish all the memories, and the way that Mrs. Stewart always made me feel welcome/part of the family.

    To Sara and Jason, Andrew and Elaina, Aunt Pat and all the grandkids – my heart goes out to you. She sure was a special mom. mother-in-law, grandma and sister/best friend. She will live on in all hearts and with fond memories.

  44. Our deepest condolences to Andrew & Elaina,, Sara & Jason and all of Diane’s grandchildren and her family, we are so sorry for the loss of your mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. What a beautiful written about Diane and her life. I often sat with her at St.Vincent’s school watching our grandchildren, hockey games and of course football. Our prayers & thoughts are with all of you at this very heartbreaking and difficult time.

  45. Our sincere condolences and heartfelt thoughts are with you Andrew and your family during this difficult time. We are so very sorry for your loss and I know how much she meant to you. Well written and special tribute of how wonderful a person she was. May your cherished memories bring you comfort now and in the days ahead for you.

    Sincerely, The Harpers

  46. Sara, Andrew, and families,
    I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your mom.
    May her spirit live on through you and all of her grandchildren. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. xo

  47. Sending our deepest condolences Sara, Jason and family for the loss of your mom, mother-in-law & grandmother. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. Treasure the memories

  48. Our condolences to Diane’s family. We would always see her out and about with her sister Pat, and she was always smiling. So sorry for your loss. a donation was made to the Chatham Kent Hospice. Rest in peace Diane.

  49. Our deepest condolences to Andrew, Sarah and Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  50. Deepest sympathy to Diane’s family, with special thoughts to Pat, Nancy and Bill. We have wonderful memories of Diane and John in our younger years. Peace and love to all.

  51. Andrew , Elaina and family, our sincere sympathy thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your mom.

  52. Our deepest Condolences to Andrew and Sara and family. My family lived and grew up down the street from your Mom and her family on McFadden Ave.Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Pat , Nancy and Bill as I remember all the great times growing up. May god quicker change the pain you feel now with cherished memories of a great Mom,sister and lady. God bless you all.

  53. Sara, Andrew and family. So sorry to read of Diane’s passing . My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. I remember Diane when working at Union Gas and the many chats we had.

  54. Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. Amazing travels and legacy here on Earth, now in the most beautiful place imaginable. Thoughts and prayers to Andrew, Sara and family.

  55. Sarah and Andrew and Pat……..Diane was such a nice person. I loved swimming there as part of the flipper sisters. Diane and I would bump into each other in stores and big hugs and a gab fest would ensue. She sure did love her family. The world will miss her but Heaven will be richer for her generous ,kind spirit. Deepest condolences.

  56. Sara & Andrew,
    Your mom provided our wee swim foursome named the “The Flipper Sisters” with so many giggles & shared outings . She was so proud of her twins and of what each of you have become.
    I’m truly sorry for your loss.

  57. Sara and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Sending my heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences. May all your precious memories give you comfort in the days ahead. Your Mom will always be in your heart.

  58. Sara Jason and family , so sorry to hear the passing of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Doug Deb And Family.

  59. Andrew Sara and families we are sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We enjoyed getting to know her better when she stayed with us 2 years ago. She told us many stories about our family that lived back east.

  60. I’m sorry sorry to hear of the passing of your mom.
    Andrew and Sara I have known you since you were born and was a friend of your moms for lots of years.
    She will definitely be missed.
    A very nice lady for sure.

  61. I’m deeply saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. I had only known her for a very brief period from her time with us doing rehab at St. Andrew’s, but had developed a wonderful relationship with her. She was a person who believed in being honest in the nicest possible way. Who tried to do her best, despite how poorly she was feeling. She always tried to put her best foot forward. I had a great respect and liking for Diane. I’ll miss her.
    I’m glad she lived her life well, travelling and spending time with her beloved family. May you find comfort in your cherished memories with Diane.
    My deepest sympathy, Tammie Okubo

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