We lost a friend

For those of us at Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada, Stewart exemplified three things. Family, friendship and fun. His family was the most important thing to him, followed closely by his friendships: both of these intertwined with an innate ability and desire to have fun.

For us, it all started with this picture of Stewart in his Ferrari, with his new found friend Eric, at our first Drive 4 Smiles event. Stewart wasn’t sure what to expect, but upon spending time with Eric, he became a strong believer in the magic of Starlight Canada.


As with anything Stewart sinks his teeth into, Starlight Canada was a beneficiary of his wisdom, insight, driving force and desire to excel. He wanted Drive 4 Smiles and Starlight Canada to be the best, and I’d say he succeeded by the thousands of smiles he put on children’s faces.

We will miss our dear friend. I personally can’t stop wiping tears from my eyes as I think of him, but they inevitably turn to heartfelt laughter at all of the stories. I can’t wait for the day we will be raising a toast and recounting some of those stories in Stewart‘s honour when we are able to.

Our special love to Debbie and the entire family for sharing Stewart with us over the years, and now, believing in Starlight Canada with this fund.

Brian Bringolf
Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada

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Recent Contributors

Tina & Stan Leibner Amount: $ 72.00 Date Received: 09/30/2020
"We are deeply sorry for your loss."
Fraidel & Louis Small Date Received: 06/22/2020
"Sorry for your loss"
Kaiti Hersh & Ryan Prizant Date Received: 06/1/2020
"To the Kahan Family, We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We know that Stewart's memory will live on through all of you. Sending our deepest condolences. "
Toby Shulman Date Received: 05/22/2020
"Rest in peace Stewart."
Mandy Weigensberg Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 05/13/2020
"Debbie, Josh, Shawn, Jaclyn and family. Nothing can ever fill this void. The stories, the memories, his smile, his laugh, his guidance and the sound of his voice will always be with you. Miss you Stewart. Love always, Mand 'i' xoxo"
Lennie Ryer Amount: $ 500.00 Date Received: 05/11/2020
"Stewart, you legacy will continue at Starlight for eternity."
Sid Kaushansky Date Received: 05/8/2020
"Our deepest sympathies. Elinor & Sid Kaushansky"
Lynda Lubin Date Received: 05/6/2020
"Rest in peace Stewart. Lynda Lubin & Family"
Leanne Greenberg Amount: $ 118.00 Date Received: 05/2/2020
"To the Kahan family, we are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Stewart was a truly special person and I know how much he adored you. You can see the love and pride he felt for you in every photo. He was an example of how to live life to the fullest and he will surely always be with you in your hearts and watching over you. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Love Leanne & Raj"
Cary & Elayne Weigensberg Date Received: 05/1/2020
"Stewart was a presence like no other. Extreme guts and determination... grass never grew under his feet! An amazing and true family man and loyal friend for so many years. Stewart, your truth and sarcasm will be incredibly missed. R.I.P. our friend... you deserve it. Xoxoxo... Cary & Poopsie Weigensberg"
Barbara & Steven Segal Date Received: 04/30/2020
Audrey Seltzer Date Received: 04/30/2020
"To the Kahan family, my deepest sympathies go out to you all. May your memories of Stewart bring you much love and peace."
Anonymous Amount: $ 1,800.00 Date Received: 04/30/2020
"Truly an enormous loss for all who knew him. "
Sagie Cornblit Date Received: 04/29/2020
"Dear Estelle, Debbie and family, Our deepest sympathies on the untimely passing of your beloved Stewart. The Cornblit's, Sagie, Henry & David"
Rhea Povitz & Ricky Tock Date Received: 04/29/2020
"Thinking of you."
Joann Toulch Date Received: 04/29/2020
"Our deepest sympathies to Debbie and the entire family on the loss of their beloved Stewart. wishing you all strength & peace from the support of your loving family and friends. Joann & Steve Toulch"
Ruth Goodman Date Received: 04/28/2020
"To Debbie and Family, My heartfelt deepest sympathy."
Susan & Larry Kolodny Date Received: 04/28/2020
"With our deepest sympathies. Susan & Larry Kolodny"
Debbie Sculnick Date Received: 04/28/2020
"Debbie and family, so sorry for the loss of your precious Stewart. Love Debbie and Lawrence Sculnick"
Devorah Labow Abenhaim Date Received: 04/28/2020
"Dearest Debbie and family, thinking of you and sending you all our love. Devorah & Haim & family"
Peter Hittner Amount: $ 36.00 Date Received: 04/28/2020
"My condolences. Peter"
Karen Depaola Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 04/27/2020
"My deepest sympathies to the Kahan family. It was truly an honour and a privilege to have known Stewart....May he Rest In Peace..always here for you Debbie ❤️"
Howard Rother Date Received: 04/27/2020
Steven Rawas Date Received: 04/27/2020
"My deepest condolences. Thinking of you all."
Marlene Gurman Date Received: 04/27/2020
"Dear Debbie, Jaclyn and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a very special husband/father and we would like to express our deepest sympathies. Marlene Gurman, Rebecca & Dustin Miller"
Felicia & Johnny Karls Date Received: 04/27/2020
"Our deepest condolences."
David & Lynn Ravinsky Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 04/27/2020
"In memory of Stewart, "It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone" "
Gloria & Allan Tannenbaum Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 04/27/2020
"Dear Estelle, We are holding you deep in our hearts during this sad time. Gloria & Allan Tannenbaum"
Cindy & Freddie Naimer Date Received: 04/27/2020
"Our deepest condolences. Cindy & Freddie Naimer"
Sarah Reback Date Received: 04/27/2020
"My deepest condolences"
Peral Ansel Date Received: 04/27/2020
"Dear Debbie and family, our heartfelt sympathies during this very sad and difficult time. With our warm thoughts, Pearlie& Peter "
Sharon And Clifford Herer Date Received: 04/27/2020
"May the wonderful memories of your beloved Stewart be in your hearts forever "
Veronique & Eddy Abecassis Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 04/26/2020
"" Our deepest sympathies to the entire Kahan family ""
Glenna Burton Date Received: 04/26/2020
"To Debbie and the entire Kahan family, My deepest sympathies on the loss of Stewart.Stay strong. xx Glenna"
Robert Gurman And Family Date Received: 04/26/2020
"Our deepest condolences for a man whose life was too short but alas, well lived!"
Harvey Zalcman Amount: $ 250.00 Date Received: 04/26/2020
"My deepest condolences to the Kahan family during this difficult time. "
Bianca & Derek Berish Amount: $ 136.00 Date Received: 04/26/2020
"We love you all! xox"
Debra Rother Date Received: 04/26/2020
"Dear Estelle, Robert, Jeffrey and Debbie and family, My deepest sympathies to you on the loss of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. Debra"
David Horowitz Amount: $ 100.00 Date Received: 04/26/2020
"Sending our most heartfelt condolences to the entire Kahan family on their loss, at this most difficult time. David, Lisa & Ali"
Eric & Stephanie Greenberg Date Received: 04/26/2020
"Our deepest condolences to the entire Kahan family. May Stewart’s memory be a blessing."
Jonathon & Elyssa Greenberg Date Received: 04/25/2020
"Stewart had such a big heart and was an example of kindness and generosity to us all. "
Cynthia Lubin Amount: $ 54.00 Date Received: 04/25/2020
Anonymous Date Received: 04/25/2020
"In honour of Stewart. That rarity who led by example and passion. We are fortunate to have had him as part of our lives. "
DANNY ROTHER Date Received: 04/25/2020
"Dear Estelle, Robert and Jeffrey, My deepest condolences to you and your families on your terrible loss. I am so sad to hear of Stewart’s passing. Anyone who knew Stewart was very fond of him. May his memory provide much warmth to his loved ones and many friends. Danny Rother "
Perry Saxe Date Received: 04/25/2020
"Our deepest sympathies to Debbie and the entire family."
Jared & Yael Goodman Date Received: 04/25/2020
"Our deepest condolences to Debbie, Jaclyn, Shawn, Josh and the entire family "
IAN BRAUNSTEIN Amount: $ 1,800.00 Date Received: 04/24/2020
"One of the greats....may his family and friends be comforted by wonderful memories. I know I will..."
Anonymous Amount: $ 10,000.00 Date Received: 04/24/2020
"To the Kahan Family, our sincerest condolences. Stewart was an incredible person with an incredible heart. He will always be along your side and his memory shall shine on you for the years to come. We truly will miss him. God bless. L&D"
Linda Stroude Date Received: 04/24/2020
"In honour of a man that brought immense joy to countless Starlight children. Thank you for the smiles. Thank you for the wonderful memories."
Joyce & Jeremy Becker Date Received: 04/24/2020
"our deepest sympathies to you. So very sorry for your loss!"
Jaimee Lechowski Date Received: 04/24/2020
"Our deepest sympathies to Debbie, Jaclyn & Bryan, Shawn & Brittany, Josh and the rest of the family"