The family of the late Mr Stewart – widow Gillian and daughters Scarlett and India – pulled out all the stops to create the kind of celebration at Stonefall Chapel in Harrogate that this larger-than-life, highly-respected figure would surely have adored.
A curator, art restorer and owner of Harrogate’s 108 Art Gallery, Mr Stewart was also an avid glider pilot, cyclist, motorcyclist and musician and the proceedings yesterday Thursday fully reflected this with the dignity required for the occasion but, also, a touch of flair and flamboyance in keeping with the man.
The coffin, which arrived by motorbike, had been beautifully painted with a pastoral scene by Scarlett and India.
Later, a flypast could be heard during the moving ceremony inside the packed chapel, hosted by Gillian.
A wonderfully judged, moving and witty eulogy by friend Dan Simpson was followed by a magnificent solo musical rendition on vocals and acoustic guitar of Robert Burns’ A Red, Red Rose by Mr Stewart’s nephew, Calum .
Musical selections recorded at Andrew Stewart’s celebration of life included Labi Siffre’s So Strong (Something Inside), Aretha Franklin’s I Say a Little Prayer and The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love.
A well-attended and very lively wake then took place at the Hales Bar in Harrogate.
Andrew Stewart, born Thursday March 10, 1960, died Wednesday April 13, 2022.