Stew Massender

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Stew Massender on Saturday October 23, 2021. Born in Chatham 53 years ago. The favourite son, Stew could do no wrong in the eyes of his parents the late George and Dorothy Massender. Loving husband and best friend of Paula for 25 years. Son-In-Law of the late Ruth LaRose. The best dad to Chris and Tiffany, Allie, Jordynn and special papa of Laken. Papa of Trizton, Tayleigh, Gabby, Tianna, Dexter, and Hannah. Little brother of Brenda (Late Joe), and Deb and Bob. Special brother-in-law of Ellen (Lionel), Steve, Sheila, and the late Wayne LaRose. Beloved family friend of Sue.

Uncle Grease to Lori, Jodi, Terri and Brad, Joe and Christine, Charlie (Lindsay), Bill (Stephanie), Dennis (Pauline), Michael, Jackie, Gerrit (Rachel), Lindsey, Jillian, Nick, and the late Stephanie LaRose. Crazy Uncle Stewieeee to Jessica (Travis), the late Joseph Turner (Marissa), Katie, Kelsey, Cam, Danny, Michael, Brady, Abby, Emma, Mackenzie, and Bradley. Special friend of Brad Chinnick. Great friend to everyone he met, even in passing or a quick wave while driving down the road.

Dad was a kid at heart and larger than life itself. Always had a wrench in one hand, a McDonald’s coffee in the other and a big smile on his face whether it was turning wrenches, towing cars off of the track at Buxton or helping the kids at Route 1 Raceway. Dad was happiest when he was out grading or driving his John Deere tractor in the parade. He was willing to lend a helping hand to absolutely anyone at any time.

To us, dad will always be remembered as the Jack of all trades, having to re-renovate every 6 months or less when we found a new idea on Pinterest or HGTV or if we just didn’t like where a wall was or the colour of it. Dad was our master mechanic, always coming to our rescue and fixing every thing we broke followed by his famous “456”.

10-4 Rubber Duckie

All are welcome to attend a visitation with Stew’s family on Friday October 29, 2021 from 5 pm – 8 pm at Life Transitions (397 McNaughton Ave W. Chatham). All current Covid protocols will be in place. The family welcomes all to wear their favourite race shirt, jeans, and hat in honour of Stew.

There will be a celebration of life for family and friends to follow at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Stew’s name are invited to consider Children’s Health Foundation for the Children’s Hospital in London.

72 Comments on “Stew Massender”

  1. Yes always remember him with smile on his face ! Hr definitely left a lasting legacy Condolences to all the family from ours ! In our thoughts and prayers ! Heaven has gained a super guy probably up there helping someone now ! RIP Stew !

  2. He was a good man and will be missed by many. Always remember that smile and his jokes. Rip and too the family sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Duck down,
    The Rubber Ducky Race Team is greatly saddened, Stew’s friendship and jokes will be missed by so many.

  4. Supper guy always smiling wants to help everyone he will be miss the track will never be the same but he will never miss a race rip stew

  5. So sorry for your loss, there are no words to say to ease your pain … just know that he is watching down over all of you … keeping your entire family in our Thoughts & Prayers during this very difficult time .Just remember to hold all of your precious memories near in your heart. God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.
    Todd, Lesa, Natasha & Jon and Kyle

  6. I have known Stu all my life. Was born next door to us on Bloomfield road. I have never met a person so high on life. Always smiling. Always in a great mood. Stuie with a smile and grin cheak to cheak as I always said. He will be missed dearly. My sympathies go out to all his family.

  7. Stewy was one of a kind. A tremendous loss to so many especially his beautiful family. The racing community lost one of the best. No matter when you saw Stew he always took the time to smile say hi and brighten your day. Paula and family I send my love. Allie I have the pleasure of working with you. I know how proud your Dad was of you. I am here for you and what ever you need❤

  8. Stew was a great man. He always tried scaring me as he swerved the big grader at me going down the road. I would look up and see him laughing and waving at me. Going to miss him

  9. Dearest Paula, We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. sending love and prayers to you and your family. Len Faubert and Janet Wright.

  10. We are so sorry for your loss Paula. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. We love you all.

  11. He was always happy. A great man. RIP Stew. Condolences to the entie family from Cam and Nicole Bonner

  12. So Sorry For Your Loss!! My Condolences To All His Family & Friends!! Remember Him At The Race Track For Years!! Never Thought His Friendly Wave Saturday Would Have Been The Last One!! He Will Definitely Be Missed By Many!! ❤️

  13. Paula & Family ; Our sincere condolence, Thinking of you during this difficult time ,Treasure the memories.

  14. Stewie was one of a kind , he was happy all the time , what is a fun guy to be with , he made you laugh even if you were down . He loved his family and his hobbies . He be missed dearly ❣️

  15. My Condolences To All Family & Friends!! Have Seen Stew At The Track For Many Years!! Always Smiling Being Silly & Always Helping Out At The Track With The Junior Fan Club Or Anything!! Never Thought Saturday Would Be The Last Wave From Him As He Went By As Passenger On A Side By Side!! ❤️

  16. My condolences on the passing of Stew! Ever since the day the boys and I met him, I never remember a day where he wasn’t smiling , making jokes (some that just made you shake your head ) and with his laugh you laughed . He had a way of making the day so much better just by being him . Thoughts and Prayers are with his family and the thousands of friends, who like us had the honour of knowing him. You will truly be missed

  17. Stew was most definitely one of the greatest guys I had the pleasure to meeting and getting to know through racing. His cheerful laugh and his personality is such a great loss to all . To Stew’s entire family I’m truly sorry for your loss may he rest in peace .

  18. Your deepest sympathy to Paula and family we are very sorry for your loss stew was a hero to alot of people at the track and to everyone around him you will be miss stew

  19. So Sorry For Your Loss!! My Condolences to the entire family. Stu always went out of his way to say hello and help where he could. I met him almost 40 years ago at the Bloomfield Truck Stop washing trucks, pumping fuel. One of a kind as many will say, and yes always smiling. Treasure the memories as Stu has created many !! RIP my friend.

    Bill & Sue Prout

  20. Paula and the whole Massender family.Our sympathy the Reaume family.Stew was one of a kind person as I have known Stew since I was young and they had the gravel pile on the corner of Bloomfield and highway #2.(45 years ago).Enjoyed working on Kirk’s race car with him and always seeing him at the track since.North Buxton’s parades as Stew and my dad would have there tractors in it.No matter what vehicle I was in he could pick me out and show a wave.Stew had good taste in coffee also.Thanks Stew for all the great memories you made for me and my family.R.I.P. Gene(J.P.)Paul Reaume

  21. RIP Stew – the racetrack will never be the same without you there. Our deepest sympathies to Paula and the family.

  22. I met stew through Chatham-Kent he always had the shop laughing with his witty humour it’s gonna be different going down there and not have him yelling my name I’m gonna miss ya stew Rest In Peace bud till we meet again and to the Massender family my deepest condolences

  23. I went to elementary and high school with Stew. Never saw him with a frown. He was always a happy guy. Every time I seen him over the years he was still the same way he was in school. Deepest sympathies to Paula and the family.

  24. So sorry for your loss Paula and family Stew was a great guy he will be missed by many hugs

  25. Paula & Family
    So sorry to hear about Stewie, He was such a happy go lucky soul, always a big smile, hand in the air waving away, didn’t matter what kind of mood you were in, he could always bring smiles and laughter to anyone, my heart breaks for your family, just remember he is watching down on you smiling, precious memories will keep you going, you are all in my thoughts & prayers, will miss him at the go cart track, and race track, RIP Stewie

  26. Always such a sweet helpful guy with a smile on his face. Will miss seeing him at the track. Heaven got another angel. Rest in peace Stewie, you will be greatly missed by so many. Our condolences to all who loved him.
    Debbie Wolters and Larry Rollo.

  27. RIP Stewie you were one of a kind so funny Tricky Ricky and I are going to miss you. I could not wait till the weekend to go to the track and spend time with Stewy in the tow trucks. We worked hard but had lots of fun. He was funny caring and liked by everyone lucky enough to know him. Our deepest sympathy to Paula and the family,the racetrack will never be the same. Tow truck Ricky(as he called me) and Tammy.

  28. Paula and family. So very sorry for your loss…..I had the privilege of working with stew for many years at waycon , my first day he was there to help me in any way he could . He helped everyone and always had a laugh no matter what happened he seen the humour.
    In the years since whenever we would see each other it was just like yesterday….
    Every time I drive past your house I hit the horn and know that somewhere he would throw his hand up to wave!!weather he could see you or not he would hear and always wave!
    We will miss him

  29. Always remember him blowing donuts in the mud in the infield at south buxton raceway on his old Honda Foreman
    RIP Stewy

  30. So sorry to hear of Stew’s passing. Such wonderful, fun loving person and a friend to all. Our sincere condolences to the family.

  31. Stewie was one of a kind. Always in a good mood, helping out others and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Definitely a bright spot to people who didn’t even know him that well. I will always remember how all the kids would spend the night in the infield with him. Looking back, those have to be special memories and I am glad to have witnessed them.

  32. Paula condolences to you and your family.
    Prayers for strength to all affected by this loss.

  33. The Fryer family extends our deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. Stewy was a massive part of Buxton and he will forever be remembered around the track. His humor and ability to always make people laugh around him will never be forgotten. He was always flying around the track with a smile on his face. May you find peace in the great memories you have with him.

  34. My condolences to the family. Stu was always a pleasure to work with. A jokester on one hand and serious and passionate of his work on the other. He was definitely a man who would give his all and do anything to help another in need. He was a great friend great co worker who is going to be be missed by so many people. Rest In Peace bud.

  35. Sending condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

  36. Our deepest sympathy from the Brady family.I could count on Stew to bring a smile to my face as we tried to to tame the clay soil in Raleigh. Combining corn will be different this year behind the church in South Buxton. You always waved and sometimes we would stop for a good visit.Most times we would be doubled over laughing about the daily shennanigans of one or two of the local rascals.I could set my watch with Stew heading to work and then on the return trip.Every time we ran into each other i was greeted with a big hello and an ear to ear grin. I will try to be more like him!

  37. To the whole family , I am so sorry for your loss. I first met Stew and George through my dad’s store (Allen’s Convenience). They always came in with a smile that would light up the store. Paula that is where I met you and the kids. My deepest condolences to everyone ❤️

  38. Stu helped us loading tomatoes when he was a teenager. Never a dull moment and always laughing. He made the most boring, mundane job fun. Our sympathies to the family for this great loss. He was truly an example of how we should live this life,

  39. So sorry for your loss. I worked with Stew for several years, he was a good and kind friend. Our deepest condolences.

    1. To the entire Massender Family we send our sincere condolences on the passing of Stew. He was truly a great man, one of a kind who loved life by making others laugh and sharing a story or two. He will definitely be missed by one and all. Our thoughts and prayers go with you at your loss.

  40. So Sorry For Your Loss!! My Condolences to Paula and the family. Treasure the memories. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  41. Our sincerest condolences to Paula & all of your family. To know Stew was too love him, infectious love of life! May we all be more like Stew ❣

  42. Stew was one of the best anyone would ever like to have called a friend in life; no matter what was going in in his world he would always take the time for a friend in need ….. he always had that silly little grin when he was pulling your leg or always had a great story to tell. I first met Stew through George back in the day, he certainly knew how to work and play hard at working. My deepest sympathy to Paula and the entire family at this most difficult time ……. God Speed Stew

  43. So to hear of this sudden loss.. I knew him back in the day with the car club with his parents and the racetrack. I work with his wife. My condolences to the whole family.

  44. I remember Stew’s smile and cheerful attitude from his school days. My husband and I knew his parents. Too soon to lose him. My sympathy to his family. Former teacher – Gale Lovell

  45. Deb, Bob and family! My thoughts go out to you all at this very difficult time! Stew was certainly one of a kind and will be truly missed by many!
    Take care of yourselves!

  46. Deepest Condolences to the entire Massender family. Stewie will be missed greatly by so many. He was always a great help to Mitch at Route 1, he started Mitch’s Kart every race, usually with a funny comment or words of encouragement. Rest in Peace Stewie …gone to soon but never forgotten..

  47. To the Massender family:

    Terry and I are sorry to hear of Stew s passing. We have know Stew for 45 years. He was just a little boy when we moved into the house behind theirs. He was always such a happy child, even as an adult when ever I saw him he would smile that sweet smile of his say hello and ask about my family . I can still picture him playing in the sand piles with Terri and Charlie. Rest in Peace Stew.

  48. Deepest condolences to Paula and family. Lived next door to Stew and family in South Buxton – enjoyed many a laugh with him and always there to lend a hand if needed – will be greatly missed.

  49. I had the pleasure of working with Stewie at Waycon, I will always remember seeing him flailing his arms and head out the truck windows honking the horn like crazy in the trucks smile from ear to ear yelling HEYYYY with that laugh of his. To all of the family I send my thoughts and prayers to you all during this time. He will be surely missed.

  50. Sorry to hear the news about an old friend from the Bloomfield Truckstop days. I don’t know if there wasn’t anything Stew couldn’t do! Sincere condolences to the family & friends affected by such a loss. Rest easy Stewie, we’ll taker from here bud.

  51. Deepest condolences to Paula and family. What a great man he was and will be sadly missed by so many. He always had a smile for you, loved to catch up on all the news and was always ready to help anyone.

  52. Deepest condolences to Paula and family. Stewie was a great man, a fantastic neighbour and always willing to help you. He always greeted
    you with that special smile and sense of humour. He will be sadly missed by all.

  53. To the Massender Family

    Sorry for your loss. Knew his father and all the rest of the Massender clan as they all use to come on Thursday’s for Tracy’s bean soup at the Lucky Kitchen in Thamesville and also did some of his Aunt’s hair. Treasure all you fun memories and I know by all the fun his Seniors had, you will have many precious memories.

  54. My deepest condolences to you Paula and your family. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you

  55. Paula & family, Sending our deepest condolences. May god give you’s the strength to get through such a difficult time❤️

  56. Paula I was so sorry to hear of Stu’s passing . May the love of your family and your wonderful memories help you all through this difficult time.

  57. Paula and family, so sorry to hear about Stew, so many memories of him with his great smile for you whenever you saw him. He is part of the extended family, that I was lucky to be part of being friends with Terri. Take care during this difficult time.

  58. Paula, Chris, Allie, Jordyn and Sue…my deepest heart felt condolences to you all…keep all your memories close ❤
    Sending much Love and strength to you…

  59. Sorry for the loss of Stew,my condolences go out to the whole family, big hugs from Richard & Nancy Chevalier.

  60. Paula and Family…. We are sadden to here of Stews passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. Sending healing prayers!!

    Randy and Barb Jackson

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