Max Wayland Monteith Jr., 63 of Dunedin, Fla. and Cherokee, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at his home in Dunedin, following a four-year battle with cancer with his loved ones by his side. He was a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian and was buried at his family’s cemetery.
He was born in Atlanta, Ga. on Oct. 28, 1959 as the son of Max Wayland Monteith Sr. and Carmaleta Littlejohn Monteith. He attended The Lovett School, Huntington College, and University of Georgia.
He was preceded in death by Max Wayland Monteith Sr. and survived by his mother, brother, and two nephews. Wayland was married and divorced twice and continued to stay connected with his stepdaughter until the day he died.
Wayland was a natural caregiver and defined by his relationship with his family, friends, and loved ones. Over two decades he drove between Florida and North Carolina monthly to support his parents, work on the family home, hunt and fish with cousins in the mountains of North Carolina. When our father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his trips became more frequent as he was a caregiver for both mother and father.
Since Wayland was a boy, he loved boats. When there wasn’t a boat, he would make one with anything that floated and scrap lumber or sticks. Those formative years of fishing on the lake with his father and cousins stoked his passion into a life-long career. He was a ‘fix anything’ mechanic that began when he got his first car as a teenager.
With an analytical approach, he began a career as a pressman where his understanding of precision mechanical systems was honed over a decade. He rose to the level of a master pressman and as a commercial pressman he received recognition and accolades from the Printing Industries of Florida.
His move to Florida and experience with mechanical systems allowed him to start a marine business in the Clearwater/Dunedin Florida area. He became a boat captain which enabled him to travel through-out the Florida gulf and keys, the East Coast, Panama and countless lakes and rivers in the United States. He also was a volunteer in the Dunedin Coastguard Auxiliary as well as Habitat for Humanity.
Max Wayland Monteith Jr. was a son, brother, and father-figure who carved out his place in every community that he touched. He was loved dearly and will be missed by all that knew him well.
In lieu of flowers, please support either:
Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation – Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation
Cherokee Cancer Support Group – Betty’s Place – Cherokee Cancer Support Group-Betty’s Place