GALLERY: Thanksgiving service for Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

Adam Stewart gives an emotional tribute to his father Gordon “Butch” Stewart at the  Mass of Thanksgiving for his life now in progress at Rio Chico in Ocho Rios, St Ann. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

The private funeral hotel mogul Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart is now underway. The funeral is being attended by members of his family only, after which he will be laid to rest at his Rio Chico property in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Stewart, the founder and chairman of the ATL Group of Companies, which includes the world-renowned Sandals and Beaches resorts, as well as the Jamaica Observer, passed away Monday night in the United States. He was 79.

Here are some photos from the ceremony:

Butch Stewart’s son Gordon Stewart Jr and his mother Cheryl Stewart comfort each other during the Mass of Thanksgiving for the life of the tourism and business icon now in progress at Stewart’s Rio Chico property in Ocho Rios, St Ann. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Bobby Stewart touches the coffin bearing the body of his late father Gordon “Butch” after giving his tribute to the tourism and business giant at the Mass of Thanksgiving for his life now in progress at Stewart’s Rio Chico property in Ocho Rios, St Ann. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Cheryl Stewart giving an emotional tribute to her husband Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart at the Mass of Thanksgiving for his life now in progress at his Rio Chico property in Ocho Rio, St Ann (Photo: Joseph Wellington)