Stewart Lynas 1939 – 2018
THERE were many ways that the late Stewart Lynas will be remembered by many across the local community and beyond. He was a sporting man, a loving father, husband and grandfather and of course he had a passion for jewellery design and manufacturing, which is where many had the pleasure of meeting him.
Raised on a farm in Stanhope, Stewart completed his early schooling in Kyabram, before moving with his mother, Isabel, father, Bill and brother, Bryan to Shepparton. Through his mid to late teens, he found his talent in sport. He was gifted at athletics, often took to the tennis courts, teeing off on the golfing green, playing badminton and loved playing footy, earning himself a guernsey with the Shepparton Football Club senior team at the age of just 17.
While injury forced him out of the sport his interest and involvement with the club continued on through his pride and joy, Purdeys Jewellers’ sponsorship.
But before we get to the story of Purdeys, there was nothing more important to Stewart than his family. He met his wife, Pam while in their mid teens in Shepparton through sport and church gatherings, who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last year. After dating for five years, the two married and had three children, Tony, Joanne and the late Rohan.
Stewart was also very community minded and treasured his days with Kiwanis.
Before getting into the jewellery industry, Stewart spent five years as a surveyor draftsmen with the late, Stephen Carr.
Stewart then went on to become a qualified gemmologist registered valuer and a creative jewellery designer, which many will know through his Purdeys Jewellers.
Stewart opened the Purdeys Shepparton store with Pam’s dad and his father-in-law, Frank Purdey in 1969. This lead to the opening of the Purdeys Merimbula Store and then the Benalla store.
Stewart, Pam and Purdeys have received many business awards and accolades over the years, the most recent being Purdeys induction into the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Hall of Fame in October 2017.
On a national level, Stewart also contributed a lot of support to the Australian jewellery industry over the many years. He launched and produced the Beautiful Jewellery catalogue, with the help of his dedicated team from his office in Shepparton; a celebration of beautiful jewellery designs. Stewart was a solid supporter of the Hourglass Group of Jewellers when restructure was evident. He and Pam were solid supporters and provided seriously needed seed capital to launch and establish a new Jewellers Group to keep the group together. Stewart supported and continued to invest in this new group as it evolved into the modern day multi-vertical and multi-channelled retail-buying group – known today as the Leading Edge Group. Stewart also shared a lot of his jewellery designs and intellectual property with many jewellers across Australia.
As a valued member of the local community, a dedicated family man and a talented jeweller, Stewart will be remembered and loved forever.
Stewart is survived by his wife, Pam, son, Tony, daughter, Joanne, son-in-law, Michael and grandchildren.