Gordon Butch Stewart Wiki – Gordon Butch Stewart Bio
Gordon Butch Stewart was the founder of the famed Sandals resort chain in the Caribbean, who has died on January 4, according to a press release from Sandals Resorts International.
More details come from Breaking Travel News, which says the hotelier died at age 79 in the United States after a “short illness.”
He was 79 years old.
Gordon Butch Stewart Died
Legendary Jamaican entrepreneur Gordon “Butch” Stewart, one of the hospitality industry’s most vibrant personalities and founder of Sandals Resorts International, the world’s leading all-inclusive resort company, has died at the age of 79.
An unstoppable force, who delighted in defying the odds by exceeding expectations, Stewart single-handedly built the world’s most awarded vacation brand from one resort in Jamaica to over two dozen distinct resorts and villas throughout the Caribbean.
According to Breaking Travel News, Stewart’s son, Adam, confirmed his death in a statement, which read:
It is with great sadness that I share with you today the passing of my father, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart. This news seems almost unbelievable since he was as involved and forward-thinking as ever. He chose to keep a very recent health diagnosis private and we respected that wish.
Stewart’s company called him an “unstoppable force, who delighted in defying the odds by exceeding expectations, Stewart single-handedly built the world’s most awarded vacation brand from one resort in Jamaica to over two dozen distinct resorts and villas throughout the Caribbean.
At age 12, he started selling fish he caught to local hotels, developing a taste for entrepreneurship.
He was educated abroad. He then embarked on a career as a “master salesman at the renowned Dutch-owned Curaçao Trading Company, quickly rising to the position of sales manager but itching to start his own company.”
In 1968, with no collateral “but recognizing the comfort that would make air conditioning an essential service, Stewart convinced American manufacturer Fedders Corporation to allow him to represent their brand in Jamaica.
With that, Stewart’s foundational business – Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), was born and he was on his way.”
His wife’s name is Chyril Stewart. the couple had 8 children.
Stewart had eight children; one of his sons, Jonathan, killed in a car crash in 1990. His son Brian Jardim sat on the board of The Jamaica Observer and was the owner of Rainforest Seafoods.
Stewart’s daughter Jamie Stewart-McConnell co-founded the juice company Orijin of Jamaica. His eldest son Robert “Bobby” Stewart held various leadership positions at Sandals including running the company’s online division and UK operations.
Adam Stewart was deputy chairman of Sandals, CEO of The ATL Group, and founded the Sandals Foundation while serving as CEO of Sandals Resorts from 2006 to 2012.
He has a net worth of $1 billion.