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Former Summerside mayor Basil Stewart hospitalized

['Former Summerside mayor Basil Stewarts shows off his Federation of Canadian Municipalities pin. Stewart, who also served as FCM president, is being inducted into the organization’s Hall of Honour, the first Summerside mayor to receive the honour. <br />']
Former Summerside mayor Basil Stewart.

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Former long-time Summerside mayor Basil Stewart has been admitted to hospital in Saint John, N.B., after a serious health incident Tuesday night.

Stewart’s condition is unknown.

His son, Major Stewart, indicated Wednesday afternoon that his family was waiting for updates and would have nothing more to share for at least a few days.

As word of Stewart’s condition spread Wednesday, people started leaving get-well-soon messages on his Facebook page. 

“Heres hoping for a speedy recovery, saying lots of prayers for you. Get well soon my friend,” wrote one person.

Stewart, who was mayor of Summerside from 1985 to 2014, is a former president of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities. He is also a board member of the National Capital Commission, which is an organization responsible for managing public land and properties in the Ottawa area.

Basil and Major recently opened a Dixie Lee restaurant franchise in Downtown Summerside.

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