Sources: Jamaica Gleaner and Jamaica Observer – Legendary Jamaican hotelier and Chairman of the ATL Group, Gordon “Butch” Stewart passed away this evening. He was 79. Butch was the founder, owner and chairman of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and their parent company Sandals Resorts International, as well as The ATL Group and its subsidiaries Appliance Traders and the Jamaica Observer.
“Butch” passed away in the USA while receiving treatment for an illness, he leaves behind seven children and his wife Cheryl.
In a moving tribute while making the announcement, Adam Stewart said of his father:
“It is with great sadness that I share with you today the passing of our Founder and Chairman, and my father, Gordon “Butch” Stewart.
This news seems almost unbelievable, since our Chairman was as involved and forward thinking as ever. He chose to keep a very recent health diagnosis private and we respected that wish.
The Hon Gordon “Butch” Stewart OJ, a distinction he was so proud of, was a gifted entrepreneur. He was a marketing genius and talented showman, but those who knew him best recognised that he was a dreamer who could dream bigger and better than anyone. It was often said, “the best thing for people around him to do is be dream catchers”.
That’s why he always credited his success to the incredible team around him, why he listened intently when it came to creating innovative things that would excite and delight our guests, and why it is so important that I remind you today of all days, that we will all continue to be his dream catchers.
Together, we have all been part of something bigger than ourselves, led by a man who believed in us and who gave us opportunities to learn, grow and the tools to make dreams real. For him, and because of him, we will continue to dream big and deliver on his certainty that true luxury is always best enjoyed by the sea.
My dad lived a big life – husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather entrepreneur, statesman, dreamer. A singular personality and an unstoppable force who revelled in defying the odds, exceeding expectations and whose passion for his family was matched only by the people and possibility of the Caribbean, for whom he was a fierce champion.”
‘Butch’ Stewart is widely considered to be one of the Top 5 wealthiest Jamaicans.