Community honours giving, loving soul
A MAN full of love, generosity and joy - Stuart Boys will be sorely missed.
Having moved to the Whitsundays six years ago to be with the love of his life, Deb Lewis, Stuart was holidaying in New Zealand when he passed away.
Deb remembers a man who was always giving and always smiling.
"He was an incredibly affable person, he loved people, he loved our dog and he had such a gentle soul," she said.
"I guess the one compensation I have is that I know he had six wonderful years here as a member of the Whitsunday community."
Nothing was ever too much trouble for Stuart, going above and beyond for family, friends and strangers alike.
"Nothing was too hard for him," Deb remembers.
"He was an absolute gentleman.
"One of the things that can attest to this is the way he cared for my aging parents.
"He was a wonderful support for them.
"He always went out of his way to look after my parents."
Having worked for the past three years as a taxi driver, Stuart's boss, Glen Piltz, also remembers a man born to give.
"Stewie was a guy that would always help you no matter what," he said.
Glen said he had once had to make a trip to the Sunshine Coast, with Stuart putting his hand up to help out without being asked.
"He was a very kind-hearted bloke," he said.
"He would do anything for you."
A fantastic ambassador for the Whitsundays, Deb said Stuart would go the extra mile to make visitors feel welcome.
"He made it his personal mission that for every international visitor that came to our region, if he couldn't greet them in their native tongue, he would make a point of getting them to teach him phrases on the trip back to Airlie," she said.
"He was really proud of the Whitsundays."
For Deb, and the Whitsundays, the loss is keenly felt.
"He will be dearly missed," she said.
"I was able to have some of the happiest times of my life with him over the last six years."
Stuart will be remembered with a tribute at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Friday from 5.15pm.
Friends of Stuart and Deb are welcome to attend.