Stuart J Rakow loved his work and was widely recognized as one of the best in his business. Employed with Baytown Nissan for more than 35 years, Stuart was known for his ability to motivate those around him with humor and fiery enthusiasm. He was a tall man with a deep, low-toned voice that carried far. He didn’t walk as much as strut, and his hair never greyed. Rarely did he take more than one day off a week – Sunday, and Sundays were devoted to grilling and golf. Neighbors recall how he’d extend his long arm in a broad wave and hand plates of grilled meat over the fence. His co-workers refer to him fondly as “The Rock” or “Mr. Rakow,” and the way they say it is never subdued. It sounds like an exclamation, rather than a name.
Stuart attributed his work ethic to growing up on a farm by Nassau, MN and the influence of his beloved mother Eleanor Bacon. His daughter recalls being encouraged by her father to memorize this version of an often paraphrased quote by George W. Cecil,