If you only met Stewart Cox once, you would remember him and he would remember you. He was present. He radiated warmth, kindness and humor that distinguished him from most people.
Stewart became President of Golf NT in 2010. Stewart took on this role and immediately started making improvements in the organization. He played a key role in securing long-term sponsors and maintaining relationships with them. He built strong relationships with all golf clubs. He also maintained the strong relationship with the NT government and secured Golf NT as a Tier 1 sport that was accompanied by a significant increase in funding. In 2010, Golf NT became a full member of Golf Australia with voting rights, a direct result of the lobbying work and the conviction of Stewart that the NT had a voice. Stewart has put his trust in others to get the job done. He inspired the staff and the committee members and built their trust and faith in themselves. If Stewart asked you to do something, however small it was, you never let him down.
Receiving an OAM for services in the field of hockey, horse races, golf and sports in general was a great honor for Stewart. He never expected accolades, he wanted to make every sport grow and bring the right people together to achieve that. Stewart was the inaugural chairman of Thoroughbred Racing NT and president of Hockey NT for ten years. He also served on the NT Major Events Board from 2011-2014. He was one of the founders of the Carbine Club Northern Territory and was also President.
Together with all these services, Stewart owned its insurance business in Darwin. OAMPS acquired the company before it was sold to Arthur J Gallagher. Stewart was the state manager of the organization. Stewart gave wise and wise advice to many around him, both personally and professionally. Even through his battle with lung cancer, he was sharp-minded and quick-witted.
Stewart was more for me than my boss for 8 years. Stewart and his wife Marian have been personal friends of my husband and I for over ten years. We enjoyed traveling together and even owned houses in Queenstown, New Zealand on a street away from each other. We shared a lot of laughter, nice occasions and the strange red wine or two. He was a real gentleman and will be terribly missed by anyone who knew him. His legacy will live on through his family and the service he gave.