We are saddened to share the news that Bill Stewart passed away in his sleep on Saturday, May 2nd. He was 98 years and 3 days old. He spent his last 4 weeks at the Rivercrest Care Center in Fort Saskatchewan. Cremation has already taken place.
Bill joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) on October 21st, 1943 and resigned on November 6th, 1952 after being recruited with several other RUC members by the Edmonton Police Dept. They travelled by boat on the Cunard ship Franconia arriving in Edmonton approximately 2 weeks later. He commenced with the Edmonton Police Department on November 24th, 1952 and retired on November 27th, 1979. He was then appointed Chief Licencing Officer with AGLC then after a few years he and retired Staff Sergeant Earl Fladager opened their own venture as Alberta Gaming Consultants. During this time he also served on the National Parole Board conducting hearings in federal penitentiaries in the western provinces and received his Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta.
In the late 1950's, Bill's Reg. No. was 113. This may have been changed as reg. Nos. were routinely updated until around 1975 when the last renumbering was done. Later in his service, Bill was promoted to Superintendent and, in his era, senior officers were not identified by Reg. No.
Whilst EPS Human Resources could not locate Bill's work history, we know from the photograph above that he was I/c Criminal Investigation Division in 1979.
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