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Hundreds attend funeral Saturday for the man behind "Sharkwater" documentary

Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart is seen in this undated handout photo. A Toronto filmmaker who died while diving off the Florida coast was mourned by hundreds at his funeral today.Rob Stewart's body was found on Feb. 3 after a search lasting several days.
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February 19, 2017 - 7:00 AM

TORONTO - A Toronto filmmaker who died while diving off the Florida coast was mourned by hundreds at his funeral today.

Rob Stewart's body was found on Feb. 3 after a search lasting several days.

He was 37.

Family, friends and fans filled the pews and lined the walls of a United Church in downtown Toronto to pay their respects.

Stewart was best known for his 2006 documentary "Sharkwater,'' about the rapidly declining shark population at the hands of illegal and recreational fishing, climate change and pollution.

His sister, Alexandra Stewart, drew attention to the other sides of him, reading a list of 37 things about him that she loved.

She said he was strong, but not afraid to eat junk food.

She remembered driving around Toronto with him in a sports car that she said was essentially made of plywood.

Stewart's funeral was also livestreamed on the "Sharkwater" Facebook page.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2017
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