the link below is some video footage taken by Rod Parmenter from the event
I wrote this the other day but didn’t post it, thinking, as we all do in all things, that I had time. Yesterday I learned that Steve has passed away. My heart goes out to the family, and to all the people who were fortunate enough to cross paths with this remarkable man. Here is what I wrote the other night.
I met Steve through my soon-to-be wife Sharree, about 10 years ago. Steve didn’t know me from Adam but he knew Sharree very well from the many years of their families raising kids together, with soccer and skiing and sailing and school and all that the Gorge offers. Steve immediately and very simply just accepted me, like I had known him for years, and we hit it off pretty well. Now, I can’t say I became one of the inner circle of deep friends like so many of the other folks posting here, but I’m grateful for the happy and comfortable friendship we’ve had over these few years.
Sharree and I have had some emotional talks about Steve’s illness and it often comes up that it’s difficult to know what to say to a friend who is dying. A few years back I came across a quote on the subject that struck a chord with me and I thought I’d pass it on. Here it is, for you, Steve: “There are a whole bunch of us who love you. When you die, a part of us each one of us dies and goes with you, wherever you go. You won’t be alone.”
Adding to that quote I can personally say that wherever you are going, Steve, it will be a better place because you are there. You have made a beautiful, loving impact on this Earth, and that spirit will always be yours and will always be with you. Tailwinds as you fly west, my friend.
Lately I have been using the term "back in the day" a lot. The term brings a big smile to my face as I reflect back on this fantastic wave (life) we have had a chance to ride. We are lucky to have found this little corner of the world where we have been able to connected so well with friends, family, nature, and so thankfully that I have had a chance to share some of it with you.
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