Alton Harestad

1949 - 2024

Growing up on Grant Street in Vancouver made Alton very proud of his East Vancouver roots. He developed a strong work ethic, as a young boy, delivering the morning newspapers. Graduating from UBC with a PhD led to his career as a professor at SFU in the Dept of Biological Sciences where he shared his lifelong interest in critters, inspired and guided many students and won awards for Teaching Excellence. In retirement Alton enjoyed working on committees with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, fly fishing, time at his cabin, searching thrift stores for treasures and being with family and friends. With his iconic beard Alton was easily spotted walking in New West. Alton lived his last years with Alzheimer's Disease with acceptance and his characteristic cheerfulness. He was honest and kind with a ready smile and a mischievous sense of humour, always willing to help others. Alton will be missed and remembered by his wife Kristie Stewart, son Eric (Monica), granddog Piper, siblings Richard (Judy), Allison (Avtar), David (Ione), and many relatives, friends and former students. Donations in memory may be made to Union Gospel Mission or Alzheimer Society of BC.

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