Guy Thomas Steuart, II, a fourth-generation Washingtonian who managed one of the region’s best-known dealership chains, passed away earlier this month at the age of 89.
After serving in the Coast Guard on active duty in the 1950s, he returned to his hometown to take a leadership position in the family auto dealership business. Under his leadership, Steuart Motors, which began in the 1910s after Henry Ford approached Guy’s grandfather and great-uncle about selling horseless carriages in the District, became one of the area’s “mega-dealers,” selling a wide range of domestic and import brands across the city.
Steuart Motor Company eventually became Steuart-Martens Cars, and the Martens name famously remained on the District’s last remaining new automobile dealership – Martens Volvo, which was located in Tenleytown until Ourisman bought the Martens chain in 2014.
Over time, Guy’s focus shifted towards other investments in the family’s portfolio, including the famous Half Moon luxury resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, of which the Steuart family was an original investor. Today, Steuart Investment Company is one of the region’s premier commercial and residential real-estate businesses, opening some of Washington’s largest new condominium and apartment complexes, along with several high-volume suburban retail outlets.
Guy was also deeply committed to public service, and served on the boards of a number of local institutions, including Norwood School, National Cathedral School, Washington & Lee University, Sibley Hospital, Allied Capital Corporation, National Savings and Trust Co., American Security Bank, Automotive Trade Association of the National Capitol Area, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, American Friends of Jamaica and the Federal City Council. He was also a Kiwanis member, and held memberships at both Burning Tree Club and Columbia Country Club in Montgomery County.
On behalf of Guy’s beloved wife of 66 years, Margaret, his five children, and all those who knew him and loved him, WANADA expresses its sincerest condolences. In lieu of flowers, the Steuart family requests that any donations in his name be made to either the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Talbot County, or the American Friends of Jamaica organization. You may also leave a note on his memorial page, provided by Pumphrey Funeral Home in Bethesda.Download Bulletin PDF