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Gordon Arthur Cyril "Butch" Stewart OJ, CD
He was a lifelong West Indies cricket fan
Died: January 4, 2021 Born: July 6, 1941, Kingston, Jamaica
A Jamaican hotelier and businessman, Stewart was the founder, owner, and chairman of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and their parent com- pany Sandals Resorts International, the current sponsors of West Indies cricket, as well as The ATL Group and its subsidiaries Appliance Traders and The Jamaica Group.
Gordon played a huge role in Caribbean life and development and emerged as “a stalwart of the Caribbean society, an iconic figure across the region, and a true supporter of the game of cricket at all levels.”
The Caribbean cricket community is still mourning the passing of Stewart, who was a lifelong West Indies cricket fan, fierce champion of the Caribbean, and a major commercial partner. He was also a true West Indian legend in his own right. Stewart established unique and very successful Caribbean brands and created many opportunities for young men and women across this region to grow. Sandals, a luxury hotel chain, replaced telecommunications giant Digicel as the major commercial sponsor.
Stewart usually described the partnership of West Indies cricket and Sandals Hotels as a “natural fit”, pointing out that “Sandals and West Indies cricket are two of the most successful indigenous brands to have come out of the Caribbean.”