Possum Man

This site is a memorial to, and a clearing house for information related to the unexpected death of, Erik V. Stewart: aka Possum or Possum Man.  Erik was, as we are rapidly finding out, a member of a wide variety of groups that, except for Erik, had little to do with each other.   Hopefully we will be able to join here to commiserate and to get help for the situations that his sudden death has caused.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Serial Diners

It is our quest to visit all of the restaurants in Toronto in alphabetical order. We meet every Friday at 6 pm according to the current agenda which is published here along with the rules and regulations of our order. Anyone is welcome to attend with no prior invitation or notification.

Possum was Diner #509, munching with us first at Extreme Pita on March 8, 2002. He attended several times a year every year until his last recorded meal with us at Lee Garden on April 6, 2012. He was our resident vegetarian and this is most famously reflected in the entry in our Chronicles for June 7, 2002:

June 7, 2002: Fat Cat, 376 Eglinton Avenue West. (Open: Erik barely escapes to Yitz’s, Benet stays to defend dessert.)
Having perused the menu at this very posh restaurant Erik saw that they didn't really have any vegetarian dishes so he got up to lead a dissident faction to Yitz's Deli just down the street. The owner was horrified and chased after Erik just about out into the street: protesting that the kitchen could invent something not on the menu if only he'd give them the chance.

He was a brilliant conversationalist on a very wide variety of subjects and he fit right in with the non-hierarchical boffins, mavens and enthusiasts who form the core of The Diners. He was a unique individual who shall be missed.


  1. He also attended the, Serial Diner related, annual event The Reading of the Single Pages. At this event a random page number is chosen and pages with that number are read from the heaps of books which the participants bring with them. He attended the most recent one on May 12th, 2012.

  2. He read "Stone Gods" at Single Pages this year - a book that closes with a beautiful passage on dying and ends with: "everything is imprinted forever with what it once was."