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Joseph Lowry Stewart

name and philosophy was changed to Stewarts’ Supermarkets, and by the late 1990s it had been absorbed by the ever-expanding Tesco’s, which unsympathetically and tragically destroyed eighty years of company history and paraphernalia.

On 16 January 1911 Joe Stewart married Cassie (Catherine) Christie, by whom he had two sons and a daughter. Following her death in December 1934 as a result of cancer, he married one of his employees, Rose Chisholm Hill, on 24 September 1936 at St Martin in the Fields at Trafalgar Square. She provided him with another son and daughter. After initially living at Wingrove Gardens in the Bloomfield area, Joe Stewart occupied a number of addresses – including Rosepark at Dundonald and Circular Road in Belmont – until he bought no.2 Knock Road upon his enforced retirement.

He succumbed to a short illness and died on 27 October 1969, just short of his 88th birthday. To the end he manifested his tight management skills, by interfering as little as possible with normal shopping hours. He was buried at Dundonald Cemetery on the afternoon of Wednesday 29 October – when the shops were on half-day closing!


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