1309 – Mr. Len Stuart
In late February, the news was released that Mr. Len Stuart had passed away surrounded by his family at his home in Fort Lauderdale, USA. This is indeed rather sad. Without question, Mr. Stuart was an individual who had a major impact in various sectors, notably Social (Charitable) Gaming, but again in numerous ways as a distributor, manufacturer and operator. His understanding of the ‘client/consumer’ was the foundation piece to his success - relationships matter and they need to be cultivated to deliver long-term dividends to both parties.
However, it must be said that Len’s business reach went beyond gaming. He was also a key player in the entertainment sector through his connection and investment in the highly successful company ‘Second City Entertainment’ with the various actors, for example Mr. John Candy. This connection for Len was maintained for years and even until his death remained in his business portfolio as a key investment. Combined with this, he was engaged in the Casino Sector in various Canadian provinces, especially in British Columbia. In the majority of his business dealings there was and remains tremendous success. His natural entrepreneurial abilities were widely known and respected by those who came into contact with him.
In the last couple of years Len had focused his energy in southern Ontario in his remaining Bingo Operations, with the launch of a new brand [Jackpot City Entertainment] and the conversion of two (2) Centres [St. Thomas & Sarnia] into the c-Gaming initiative. In both cases you can see the attention to detail that Len was renowned for throughout his career. Although they are not his sole business legacy it is certainly part of it.
The real mark of the man is that he managed through sheer strength of will to imprint his mark on the industry, which few people can claim. He changed the way people conducted business and the key element was the bridge in forging those relationships. But I am sure the greatest pleasure and achievement that Len would acknowledge would be his family, his wife and children. We are all aware of his son, Mr. D’Arcy Stuart, but he also had a young daughter. They are what mattered and they are what he treasured most.
There was a service held in early March in Fort Lauderdale and I am pleased to say there were many representatives from the CGAO, which included Mr. Duncan Cameron, Mr. Cam Johnstone, Mr. Tony Rosa, Mr. Gord Paget and Mr. Peter Speck in attendance.
We have written to D’Arcy Stuart directly expressing our sincere condolences to him and his family. Without question, this was a man of many talents who will be missed.