Mr. Stewart Harold Scott, late of Trasna Park, Enniskillen, passed away peacefully at his home on September 27, 2017.

Stewart was born at St. Angelo on December 18, 1932 to Enid and Joseph Scott. He was baptised in Trory Parish Church and attended Shanmullagh School. Stewart moved to Enniskillen when he was still very young and lived at Lakeview (past Portora).

He then attended the Model School, having walked or rode his bicycle. The family changed to Rossorry Church and Stewart attended Sunday School and was also confirmed there. The family then moved to Wellington Place and started going to St. Macartin’s Cathedral and this is where he became interested in bell-ringing.

When he left school he went to work for The Impartial Reporter. He started as an apprentice and ended up staying there for 49 years.

Stewart was a member of Enniskillen Pipe Band for many years and through the band he met his wife Joyce. They were married for an incredible 57 years.

They were blessed with three children, Barbara, (the late) Trevor and Geoff and then their respective spouses Michael, Caroline and Alison. His four lovely granddaughters are Catherine, Emma, Evie and Clara.

Stewart was a talented indoor bowler and captained the Cathedral Bowling Club - he passed this talent on to his son Trevor who went on to represent Ireland. 

But Stewart’s main passion was bell-ringing. He had kept the bells ringing at the cathedral for 66 years. He was a life-time member of the Irish Association of Change Ringers and a few years ago Bishop Michael Jackson acknowledged his services with the presentation of a plaque. He has rung in all the towers in Northern Ireland, some in the Republic and some in England and Scotland

Stewart loved to travel and made several trips to America and Canada and when his daughter Barbara moved to live in Austria (with her husband Michael) he took the opportunity to explore it and many other parts of Europe.

Most people knew him as the ‘quiet man’ and he definitely was that, but he did have quite an adventurous side too; he took flying lessons, liked climbing up the Austrian mountains, and even tried a bit of water skiing!

He didn’t do a lot of chatting but had a very dry sense of humour and was well known for his quips.

Stewart was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather.

His funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Dean Ken Hall, was held in St. Macartin’s Cathedral.

The Church bells were rung at the funeral service by St. Macartin’s bell-ringers and the Northern District bell-ringers.

The hymns were: ‘The Old Rugged Cross’; the bell-ringers’ hymn ‘Ring Forth Holy Bells’; and ‘The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended’. Burial was in Rossorry Parish Churchyard.

Stewart is survived by his wife Joyce; his daughter Barbara and husband Michael; his daughter in law Caroline, having been predeceased by his son Trevor; son Geoff and wife Alison.

Stewart leaves four grandchildren: Catherine, Emma, Evie and Clara. He is also survived by his brother Nelson and sister Ethel (Oldcroft), having been predeceased by his brother Joe. He also leaves his nieces and nephews and the wider family circle.

The funeral arrangements were by Funeral Director, Austen Stinson, W.T. Morrison, Enniskillen.