“Lee’s not coming,” Stew says with a touch of amusement in his voice, when I answered our monthly Skype phone call for our live SHINE watching and catch up. “Why not!?!” I exclaim indignantly, it was always fun when it was the three of us and I was keen to hear how both of their recent trips had gone. “He thinks he has SARS.” Stew said without missing a beat and with a chuckle.
Now of course, Lee did not have SARS, but his amusement at Lee’s pain (which then turned into a long-running joke between the three of us), is one of the things that made me smile. He had a wicked sense of humour, which shone through in each and every one of our conversations.
I met Stew in 2012 a few months after opening up this website. I am the first one to tell you, that I opened this site up with very little knowledge of what the hell I was doing, or knowing anyone else outside of my bubble that enjoyed women’s wrestling as much I do. Lee Burton reached out to me first, introducing me to Stew and the three of us (+ my husband, Cory) got along straight away.
Lee, Stew and I had regular Skype wrestling ‘dates’ watching shows from SHINE, SHIMMER, AIW and WSU. I am sure both of the boys were floored that I have zero idea of what any of the moves are called, despite being a wrestling fan for about 20 years. They tolerated it though, Stew often explaining the names, patiently. My contributions to the conversation is always something like, “I love her hair!” or “Wow, her gear looks so pretty.” much to the boys amusement. In one our last conversations all together, the boys made all those comments, making my part redundant but proud that I could leave an imprint.
I loved hearing the boys debate about something wrestling related, and the times, we spent having a good ol’ chin wag about what we had seen, heard when we last saw each other. Stew had the best dry laugh. It was infectious. Whenever I had the opportunity, I always caught Bellatrix. I loved hearing Stew’s commentary on the shows and appreciated the shout-outs he always gave my way.
He was a true advocate for women’s wrestling, I truly learned so much for him. The podcasts that he and Lee produced together were always informative, engaging and supportive. It’s not fair that in our small community, we have to lose such a great person like him. Looking through the posts today from the individuals the took the time to share their stories about how they know him, they knew him and how much his company was appreciated, is heart-warming and touching.
Today, I remember the times he made me smile and laugh. Today I remember all the things he taught me. Today, I remember my friend, Stewart Allen, a quality human being, a genuine, kind-hearted, funny individual who was loved so much by anyone who came in contact with him.
Our thoughts and heart are with Stew’s family and close friends. We are sending big hugs in particular to Lee, the co-founder of Women of Wrestling with Stew, we love you Lee.
‘The world is rarely a fair place. That’s why it has people like me.’
Vale Stew, we love you.
David Stewart Allen – 1977-2014