Meet the man behind S & R Sawmills

Chick Stewart will be signing copies of his new memoir in Langley Oct. 21

Meet the man behind Surrey’s successful S & R Sawmills next weekend during a special event in Langley.

Chick Stewart will be signing copies of his new memoir, It Can Be Done: An Ordinary Man’s Extraordinary Success, along with co-author Michele Carter, at Coles in Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

His new book, recently released by Harbour Publishing, describes Stewart’s journey from humble beginnings to establishing himself among the B.C. lumber industry’s most respected entrepreneurs, while also providing an inside look at one of the province’s most valuable industries.

His story illustrates that with hard work, a bit of luck and prioritizing relationships over profit, one can be successful and achieve one’s dreams without sacrificing personal integrity.

After relocating to Vancouver from a chicken farm in Manitoba in 1942, Stewart began his mill career at age 15, straightening boards in the Youbou Mill on Vancouver Island. In 1963, Stewart took a chance and bought the first of S & R Sawmills with friend Vic Rempel. Their quality cuts earned them steady work, and S & R Sawmills grew from one custom cutting mill to five along the Fraser River, with a workforce of more than 500 people.

It Can Be Done is also the story of Stewart’s personal life and includes tales of childhood escapades, like trick-or-treating for potatoes, and other adventures, such as how he got a pilot’s license after flying in a plane that was literally falling apart into his lap.

Stewart shares emotional milestones, too, from meeting his wife, Marilyn, in an ice cream shop in Fort Langley — to which they returned 50 years later — to family vacations at the Stewart’s cabin, which was built at S & R’s B mill and later moved to Gossip Island.

Stewart also recalls his early love of golf that eventually inspired him to build the Northview Golf Course in Surrey — a venture that was not without its challenges — with the help of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer. In 2007, the Stewarts fulfilled a long-time dream with the opening of the Czorny Alzheimer Centre in Surrey, a project that held sentimental importance for Chick and Marilyn and continues to be a leading example of patient care and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in B.C.

It Can Be Done is available in stores now, and royalties form all sales will be donated to charity. For more info, visit www.harbourpublishing.com.

Just Posted

Bears will be flying as Giants get set for Teddy Bear Toss

Stuffed animals will be collected at Langley Events Centre, distributed through Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

Man accused of shooting at border agents loses final bid to appeal extradition order

Nathan Hall was arrested in Abbotsford following cross-border manhunt in 2013

Life advice from Cloverdale’s Elfreda Anderson, a 103-year-old world traveller

‘You name it, I’ve been there’ : Elfreda on life, love and always having a suitcase on hand

DW Poppy students spreading Yuletide joy

High school supporting seven families this Christmas

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Province rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops

KGHM Ajax had proposed a 1,700-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine, just southwest of Kamloops

Border officers rally at B.C.’s Peace Arch

CBSA employees tire of ‘lack of respect’

FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

Move rolls back restrictions that keep big providers from blocking services they don’t like

Families enjoy an Aldergrove Christmas

Santa and Mrs Claus along with Moana and other special guests made it a special day

TransLink to look into late-night SkyTrains on weekends

Review follows demand from public, mayors and police to extend services in Metro Vancouver

Police release sketch of man who propositioned girl, 12, for sex at East Vancouver park

It happened on Nov.29 near Princess Avenue and East Pender Street

Family of Vancouver Island RCMP officer killed by drunk driver sues

Lawsuit seeks financial compensation from Kenneth Jacob Fenton

SPCA seizes 74 animals from Barriere property

Constables removed sheep, piglets, chickens and more

Most Read