Wayne L. Stewart Jr.

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A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Wayne L. Stewart Jr, 69, passed away quietly and peacefully at home, family at his side. Wayne gracefully endured a 10+ year battle with a degenerative neurological disorder called Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA). He never complained and served as an example to all those who knew and loved him.

Wayne was born in Los Angeles, CA, third child of Wayne Sr. and Elsie Stewart. He moved to southwest Washington in his early 20’s where he met the love of his life, Rita, while both were employed as seasonal forest firefighters. They enjoyed 45 years of marriage together. They moved to Whatcom County and settled in Ferndale, where they raised their family. Wayne’s greatest pride first and foremost was his family, then his home, his strong work ethic and his “projects” which included restorations of Jeeps and a 1965 Mustang. Wayne’s face truly lit up when he laughed and he did so frequently. “Papa” had the great honor of helping watch his youngest grandson the last 5 years of his life and the first 5 years of Rhett’s life. This gave him such joy and truly brightened his days.Wayne worked in Parts/Sales primarily with farm and equipment for many years and later in diesel marine equipment at the time he had to retire. He also owned and operated STEWART’S Coins and Collectibles in Ferndale and Blaine for years.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Rick. He is survived by his wife, Rita; his son, Sean Stewart; his daughter, Shannon (Chase) Jorgenson and grandchildren Rhett, Trigg and Ty; his brother Myke, sisters Val and Jan, as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Whatcom Hospice (especially Carrie and Mike) for their loving support in Wayne’s last months.
Donations in Wayne’s honor may be made to the MSA Coalition (multiplesystematrophy.org/donate).

May he rest in Peace, free of his suffering.


From Kim Burns

So sad to hear about Wayne's passing. What a wonderful tribute you have written. He was a beloved and treasured man. My thoughts and prayers for you all.

Sep 30, 2023

From Maggie and Bob…

Dear Rita and family, our hearts go out to you. We have many memories of visits with Wayne, especially on the farm in Bow with Oreo and the turkeys. Your lovely tribute fittingly reflects the Wayne we knew and will miss. May God comfort you and bring you peace.

Oct 31, 2023

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