Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties agent Stewart Wade turned 100 on Sunday and his co-workers and agents from other Coldwell Banker offices gathered for a surprise birthday party Tuesday in Kailua. In addition to cake and a huge spread of delicious food, Stewart was presented with a paper memory lei made with 100 pieces of paper on which people wrote messages to him.
And as far as his message for others, according to Stewart, the secret to living a long life is to “enjoy what you are doing, marry the right girl, and have the right job. A job you really enjoy. And if you don’t enjoy it, do something else. If you like sweeping floors, sweep floors. Money is not the important thing. The important thing is to be happy, have fun and help other people.”
Despite joining the centenarian club, Stewart isn’t slowing down any time soon. Still active in real estate, Stewart has closed two deals along with a co-listed agent so far this year, according to Fannie Cline, senior vice president and branch manager.
“I don’t work all the time,” Stewart said, adding that he swims in the ocean at least three days a week.
“He does 600 strokes in 18 minutes,” said his wife, Cecilia Christenson-Wade.
Stewart became a Realtor at age 54. “This is my fourth career,” he said. He attributes his longevity to staying busy, being happy and passionate about what he does, and having a positive attitude.
Stewart joined Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties in 1999. A consistent multi-million dollar producer throughout his career, he was named Realtor of the Year in 1980 by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® and Realtor of the Year in 1991 by the Hawaii Association of REALTORS®. A member of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®, he served as treasurer twice and is a founding member of the local CRS chapter.
Stewart has “a wealth of knowledge and knows so many different aspects of the marketplace and history here in Hawaii” and is “always willing to share that knowledge … which is planting the seeds of success for other agents,” Cline said.
Among one of the oldest active agents in the country, Stewart currently works out of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ Windward office.