George Strait Mourns Loss of Close Friend: ‘He Loved Life More Than Anyone I Know’

by Keeli Parkey

George Strait is mourning the passing of one of his very close friends. On Wednesday (Feb. 24), the country music star talked about his friend via Twitter in a series of tweets.

“I lost a good friend last week. Funeral yesterday. So sad to see Stuart Cavender leave us. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. He loved life more than anyone I know and it’s sad that his was cut short by a horrible disease,” Strait posted in the first tweet.

Next Strait posted: “The memories that all the crew that shot our Chevy commercials and I have will live forever. (Stuart Cavender) had us all rolling on the floor in laughter most of the time. Lots of bloopers for sure. Our prayers are with his beautiful family that honored him so amazingly yesterday.”

The third message Strait shared was: “God Bless you guys and God Bless you Stuart. I know I’ll be seeing you down the road amigo. – gs.”

Fans of George Strait shared their condolences with him via Twitter.

“I only knew him via the commercials the two of you made together but from those you could feel he was cut from the same cloth and was a good man. I am sorry for your loss and prayers for his family,” one fan posted.

“I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. May he rest in peace. He’ll be watching over you and smiling I’m sure,” another fan said.

“Oh George, I am so very sorry. Losing a good friend is devastating. Prayers for his family and for your comfort as you deal with your loss. So sorry,” another post read.

According to an article by the San Antonio Report, George Strait’s friend Stuart Cavender was only 63 years old at the time of his death last Tuesday. While he became famous in Central Texas for his appearances with The King of Country in commercials, he was a member of a family of popular car dealership owners.

The article said that Cavender’s grandfather began his Oldsmobile dealership in San Antonio in 1939. The dealership was successful and led to other successful car dealerships owned by his family. In 1997, Cavender took charge of Cavender Chevrolet in Boerne, Texas.

The relationship between George Strait and Stuart Cavender started after Cavender offered two trucks as rewards for Strait’s cattle roping event at Rose Palace. Cavender later hired Strait to be his spokesman. Over the years, they were in many commercials together. Cavender also sponsored concerts by the singer, according to the article.

At his funeral, Cavender was remembered for his friendliness and kindness. “He never met a stranger,” Rev. Elizabeth Knowlton said. Rev. Knowlton was the pastor of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Cavender attended the church throughout his life, according to the article.

Cavender’s brother, Bobby Cavender, said during the funeral that Stuart Cavender and George Cavender “got to be good friends,” the article also reported.

You can check out George Strait in one of the Cavender Chevrolet commercials below.