Thank You Stephan

This is a place to say thank you to Stephan. Perhaps he did something for you and you didn't have a chance to say thank you, or perhaps now that he is gone, something he said or did means more than you had realized.

August 20th....
While I think of you often, today being your birthday I had many thoughts of you.
The days, weeks and years will continue to roll by, but the memories of you will live in my heart forever. You will NEVER be forgotten my friend!

Lori Nielsen08/20/2009 - 9:06pm

A Rainbow on February 6th....
I am thinking of you even more than usual today.
How fitting it was this morning to get in the car to go to work and see a brilliant rainbow beckoning. I immediately knew that this particular rainbow was a gift from you today and that in YOUR PLAYYFUL WAY, you were taunting me as I tried to drive closer to it!
I am grateful to have your "Boston University" sweatshirt (which you probably got at a thrift store!) When I wear it I "feel your hugs" and while I continue to miss the hugs you gave in person, I comfort myself with the reminder that I and so many others were blessed when you came into our lives. You probably know this but.... "I.T.M.B.A.G.S!!"

Lori Nielsen02/07/2009 - 12:47am

As I flip through the television channels the democratic national convention and all the politics reminded me of when I was first able to vote in 2004. And who of all people was there to cheer me on in the Sunol Glen cafeteria but you Steve. It's those moments where you make people feel good about themselves that make you so special my friend and they are not hard to come by. Growing up with you from a young age made the small town seem like I had seen in the movies: comfortable and friendly. Being on stage with you in SRT was never easy since you always stole the spotlight but never made people forget what a great job they were doing. I still can't believe you have moved on, especially since I just moved back into town and would love to see you around for a friendly smile. I know you're smiling constantly down on us but it's just not the same. I sleep with your Garfield stuffed animal memorabilia I gathered at your memorial every night. Rest easy my friend, love you lots.

Nate Harvey08/30/2008 - 2:17am

Every time I check Steve's web site and find new messages about Stephan it makes my heart smile. He was loved by so many people. I still think of Steve quite often and my memories are always happy ones. He sure was One of a Kind. He could always makes me laugh when I was feeling down and I could always count on him being there for me. I miss him alot. He will always be in my heart.

Kathy Trueblood05/31/2008 - 9:08am

Oh, how time flies and somehow manages to stand still. Finding Lori's message here this morning let me know I am not alone on this painful 6-month anniversary. It is so difficult not to rage at reality of your really being gone as it settles into my life. Half a year...though it still hits me the worst on the 6th of each month, since those two months you were missing held hints of hope which were crushed on that day. But six months! I dreamed restless dreams all night and woke with tears at the ready and you in my heart and mind so strongly, so singly. No matter what else is happening, that you are gone makes life a little darker. That you lived makes life a little brighter. I strung little white lights all around my back porch for a party a few weeks ago, and every time I plug them in, I say "There's no such thing as too many lights," and you are with me in the lights and I can smile at the memory of your face as you said those words so many times. I miss you more than words can say and will always, always love you with all my heart. I can only hope that you are at peace and feeling our love.

Bree05/30/2008 - 10:12am

If only we could turn back the clock six months...
My friend, there remains a hole in my heart and in my soul. A void that cannot ever be filled. While we are ever so thankful for the many roles you played in so many lives, the pain we feel is just as great today as it was six months ago.
I'll go now and cry myself to sleep as I have so many other nights.
We'll always love you Stephan, we'll always miss you. I.T.Y.L.M.N.B!!!!

Lori05/30/2008 - 12:13am

You are heavy on my mind today Steve...I just wanted to check in and let you know I'm thinking of you.

Jamie05/29/2008 - 10:32am

When a person can say that they are a better person for having known you and be able to have called you a friend....then life can go forward a little easier. You will never be forgotten. Thank You for all those crazy fun loving incredible memories.

David Powell05/15/2008 - 3:06pm

You were a wonderful neighbor and friend. You were there to help when others wouldn't. I lived in Cabin 75 and you were so helpful when we needed assistance with our parking area among many other instances. Good luck to you in Heaven my dear friend.

Stephan04/16/2008 - 3:17pm

Dear Stephan,
I dont understand how anyone of us who knew you, especially Neil is going to just carry on without you. YOU were more than just a friend, YOU were the light that brightened each day in peoples lives. I am a different person because of YOU, and I know "SUNOL" will never be the same without YOU. I wish I could trade places with YOU so YOU could still be making people laugh and bringing JOY to everyone that knew YOU..Truly!!!

just a friend02/25/2008 - 6:44am

I want to share a story about Stephan. I had given Stephan a christmas bonus for hard work during a construction project. He spent the entire amount on gifts for my family. Im not talking about 1 or 2 things, im talking about 20 gifts which were picked out at local thrift shops and wrapped perfectly. I remember my kids faces, I remember him talking me into singing on stage. I remember him driving the sponge painted jeep. I will remember his spirit. Life was Stephan's theater, which we all enjoyed!. We will miss you my friend.

Drew02/21/2008 - 4:27am

Steve, you set out on your own road, and we knew you had to take it. But when you came home, you always brought your smiling face, and your crazy antics. Family holidays were so special when you were home - every gathering was a party, and every party was your party.
We watched with amazement as you raced through life, savoring every moment, searching for a kinder, gentler world, but always ready for the next storm.
We are heartbroken that you have left us so soon, but we take comfort knowing that you were happy while you were here with us - - you truly "did it your way"
We hope that you are with Nannie and Bill, and we pray that you will help us through this last, terrible storm.
Sunol will miss you - - we will miss you - - we will never forget you.

Rest well, dear son

Mom and Dad02/13/2008 - 10:25am

Thank you Stephan for being my friend. You were always there for me, no matter what the circumstances were. We shared so many great times together and a lot of laughs. You will be missed you very much and will always be in my heart. Thank you for coming into my life!

Kathy Trueblood02/13/2008 - 9:16am

Thank you for all the love you have shown to our family. And a great big thank you for givig me the honor of loving and giving a great home to one of Komet's puppies, Xena Warrior Princes. Stephan, you have changed my life just by being yourself: fun, loving, insightful, and real. You will be missed.

Laurie Walker02/12/2008 - 1:08pm

The previous message is from my lead technician's brother, Chuy, who, after meeting Stephan and watching him throw candy to the local children from atop a van speeding down the streets of Tonaya, Mexico, named his first born after Stephan: Estefania. Loco gringo. Ojala y todos los gringos fueran como tu. Por eso le voy aponer a mija tu nombre: Estefania.

Neil02/11/2008 - 10:38pm