Iconic Jamaican Businessman, Butch Stewart Is Dead
Iconic Jamaican Businessman and Tourism Mogul, Gordon Butch Stewart is dead. He died tonight in the United States of America. He had been ailing for some time. circumstances surrounding his death is not yet known as at the time of filing this report.
Stewart was the founder of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and their parent company Sandals Resorts International, as well as The ATL Group and The Jamaica Observer. He died in the United States at age 79.
Born on 6 July 1941 in Kingston, Jamaica, Butch grew up along the country’s north coast where he came to be known as “Butch”, a nickname given to him by an American sailor.
As a child, Stewart helped out at his mother’s appliance dealership, and at 12, he bought a small canoe he used to catch fish and sell them to the local hotels. He then bought a larger boat which he operated until age 17.
1/ It is with deep sadness that I learnt of the passing of one of Jamaica’s most brilliant, innovative and transformative business minds, the Honourable Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart OJ, CD, Hon. LLD. pic.twitter.com/pnVDSKTpr4
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) January 5, 2021
This one is indeed a shocker. I am most saddened to hear of the passing of Butch Stewart. One who I have admired greatly. Sleep in peace my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the Stewart’s family as they go through what must be a difficult time. https://t.co/8sStajkyml
— Andre Hylton (@Andremhylton) January 5, 2021
#BreakingNews: The man that helped to fashion the all-inclusive hotel industry in the Caribbean, Sandals & Beaches Chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart is dead.
79-year-old Stewart who also created the ATL Group and The Jamaica Observer newspaper, passed away in the United States.. pic.twitter.com/ABErZhTLgH
— Jamaica Social (@CassiusWatson) January 5, 2021
Stewart started his own business “Appliance Traders, Ltd. in 1968 after serving as a sales manager of Dutch-owned Curacao trading company. Thirteen years after starting off his own business, Butch bought two derelict hotels, the Bay Roc and Carlisle in Montego Bay.
Excerpts from official statement on the sad demise of Butch Stewart made available to newsmen by Adam Stewart.
IT is with great sadness that I share with you today the passing of our Founder and Chairman, and my father, Gordon “Butch” Stewart.
This news seems almost unbelievable since our Chairman was as involved and forward-thinking as ever. He chose to keep a very recent health diagnosis private and we respected that wish.
The Hon Gordon “Butch” Stewart OJ, a distinction he was so proud of, was a gifted entrepreneur. He was a marketing genius and talented showman, but those who knew him best recognised that he was a dreamer who could dream bigger and better than anyone. It was often said, “the best thing for people around him to do is be dream catchers”.
That’s why he always credited his success to the incredible team around him, why he listened intently when it came to creating innovative things that would excite and delight our guests, and why it is so important that I remind you today of all days, that we will all continue to be his dream catchers.
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