My wonderful friend Stevie passed away last weekend and the funeral is today. The wake last night took the whole town and more out of their homes to pay respect to the family and say good bye to a person that has impacted generations of families. I have know Stevie all my life as we grew up together, he was 4 years my senior but eternally young. Since opening my firm in May of 2006, Stevie would stop everyday, sometimes twice a day offering up news from around town, a hand with snow removal and enjoying some hot green tea. On a quick tally that time we shared was 2937 cups of memorable moments and conversation. Stevie was always concerned about those around him so much more than self. While at my office last week enjoying tea he asked about my agent who was not here and how she was; all the while he was very sick with the last stages of cancer that took him on Saturday, he walked himself into the Hospital on Thursday so he did not suffer too long, thank god.
These are a few things Stevie has brought to the lives of those he knew.
1) Unconditional friendship, Stevie knew only one Race... The Human Race he treated everyone the same.
2) Laughter... He always took joy in things around him and would smile or laugh and make everyone else around him do the same. Little things matter.
3) Find what brings you joy... Stevie was always upbeat, he saw only the best in things... Don't pass up doing things or being with people that bring you happiness.
4) Hard Work brings fulfillment... Stevie always expressed pride when talking about jobs he did or projects he would be doing " tonight" His pride sparkled in his eyes. The work was in his mind... We should all take pride in what we do and feel the pride that Steve did...
5) Give back to the community you live in, be active and involved, it will bring you satisfaction. Stevie was always proud of his community and would check on everyone around town daily.
I miss my dear friend and tea time buddy; I know I am a better person for knowing him, as are many others. Rest easy my angel... until we meet again.