May 28, 2022
Gordon `Butch` Stewart, founder of Sandals, dies

Gordon `Butch` Stewart, founder of Sandals, dies

Caribbean hospitality big Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has died.

The Jamaican-born hotelier, founding father of Sandals Resorts Worldwide, handed away in the USA earlier after a brief sickness.

He was 79 years-of-age.

Stewart was born in 1941 in Kingston, Jamaica.

He grew up alongside the north-coast of the nation, the place he adopted his nickname, given to him by an American sailor.

Stewart was the founding father of Sandals Resorts, the main resort chain within the Caribbean, Seashores Resorts, and their guardian firm Sandals Resorts Worldwide.

He additionally led the ATL Group and the Jamaica Observer.

He was often known as some of the profitable Jamaican businessmen ever, with a fortune operating to a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of {dollars}.

His son, Adam Stewart, mentioned on the demise of his father: “It’s with nice unhappiness that I share with you right this moment the passing of my father, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

“This information appears virtually unbelievable, since he was as concerned and forward-thinking as ever.

“He selected to maintain a really latest well being prognosis non-public and we revered that want.”

Sandals Resorts famously provided two individuals in love essentially the most romantic, Luxurious-Included vacation expertise within the Caribbean.

With 16 beautiful beachfront settings in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Barbados and Grenada, Sandals Resorts gives extra high quality inclusions than another resort firm on the planet.

Sandals Resorts is a part of family-owned Sandals Resorts Worldwide, which incorporates Seashores Resorts and is the Caribbean’s main all-inclusive resort firm.

The corporate not too long ago introduced plans to broaden into Curaçao.


In a letter, Adam Stewart added: “The Hon Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart OJ, a distinction he was so pleased with, was a gifted entrepreneur.

“He was a advertising genius and gifted showman, however those that knew him finest recognised that he was a dreamer who might dream larger and higher than anybody.

“It was typically mentioned, “one of the best factor for individuals round him to do is be dream catchers”.

“That’s why he all the time credited his success to the unbelievable workforce round him, why he listened intently when it got here to creating progressive issues that might excite and delight our company, and why it’s so necessary that I remind you right this moment of all days, that we are going to all proceed to be his dream catchers.

“Collectively, we’ve all been a part of one thing larger than ourselves, led by a person who believed in us and who gave us alternatives to study, develop and the instruments to make goals actual.

“For him, and due to him, we are going to proceed to dream massive and ship on his certainty that true luxurious is all the time finest loved by the ocean.

“My dad lived a giant life – husband, father, grandfather, nice grandfather entrepreneur, statesman, dreamer.

“A singular character and an unstoppable power who revelled in defying the percentages, exceeding expectations and whose ardour for his household was matched solely by the individuals and chance of the Caribbean, for whom he was a fierce champion.

“There’ll by no means be one other fairly like him and we are going to miss him ceaselessly.”

Butch Stewart is survived by his spouse, Cheryl, youngsters Brian, Bobby, Adam, Jaime, Sabrina, Gordon, and Kelly; grandchildren Aston, Sloane, Camden, Penelope-Sky, Isla, Finley, Max, Ben, Zak, Sophie, Annie and Emma; and nice grandchildren Jackson, Riley, Emmy and Willow.

Karl Thompson, managing director of Distinctive Holidays, an affiliate of the unique worldwide gross sales and advertising consultant for Sandals and Seashores Resorts, added: “On behalf of myself and my workforce within the UK and Europe, a few of whom have labored for him for greater than 25 years, we’re deeply saddened by the demise of our chairman and founder, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

“Not solely was Stewart a real visionary for the journey business however he was additionally like household to many people.

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