Published On: June 17th, 2024Categories: Uncategorized

Garry Stewart’s actions spoke louder than his words, and his love for downtown was evident.

A lifelong Kent resident and dedicated KDP supporter, Garry Stewart passed away on May 20th, 2024. He cared deeply about the downtown district home to his business, The Doorman Service Company Inc. Garry’s contributions were remarkable; ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for the neighborhood’s greater good, he was someone you could rely on time and again.

In recognition of his immense efforts and career contributions to both business and community, Garry received the KDP President’s Award in 2018.

“It’s been my life, it’s my town,” Garry said after receiving the award. “What can I say, I grew up here and I love the town.”

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Garry Stewart, right, receives KDP President’s Award from Mike Hanis in 2018

Garry moved to Kent with his family in 1960 at the age of seven. Over the years, he built lifelong relationships and a reputable business that has been serving Kent for over 40 years. Garry is one of many business owners, managers, city leaders, and civic-minded individuals who have been recognized for their commitment to improving downtown Kent.   Garry’s love for Kent was evident in everything he did; his contributions were driven not by financial gain or praise but by genuine care. The KDP’s revitalization efforts were significantly enhanced by Garry’s involvement.

Garry not only helped out the KDP frequently at a moment’s notice, but he was also a former KDP president, served as Chair of the Safety & Security Committee for many years, and was on the Design Committee.   He was a standout volunteer serving on the KDP board longer than any other member.

Garry’s contributions, quirky sense of humor, and presence will be sorely missed.  The world was a better place with Garry in it.

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