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Sandals founder Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart dies

Caribbean hospitality giant Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has died.

The Jamaican-born hotelier, found of Sandals Resorts International, died in the United States earlier after a short illness.

He was 79 years-of-age.

Stewart was born in 1941 in Kingston, Jamaica.

He grew up along the north-coast of the country, where he adopted his nickname, given to him by an American sailor.

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Stewart was the founder of Sandals Resorts, the leading hotel chain in the Caribbean, Beaches Resorts, and their parent company Sandals Resorts International, as well as the ATL Group and the Jamaica Observer.

He was known as one of the most successful Jamaican businessmen ever, with a fortune running to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Stewart leaves behind seven children and his wife Cheryl.

His son, Adam Stewart, said on the death of his father: “It is with great sadness that I share with you today the passing of my father, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

“This news seems almost unbelievable, since he was as involved and forward-thinking as ever.

“He chose to keep a very recent health diagnosis private and we respected that wish.”

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