So, on Saturday, when I wrote about the passing of my good friend, Steven Mackin, I said that there was a last promise to keep.
This actually came up in a conversation we had this summer, long before Steven had begun to experience any stomach discomfort or that any of us knew that his cancer would come back. He made me promise that - if and when he died - I would post my favorite of his photos on this blog because he wanted people to know who he was and feared being forgotten (Forgotten? As if! You should the tremendous outpour of emotions expressed by the many who Steven touched while alive! - read replies here, here, and here).
Of course then, I simply poo-poo'ed the idea and dismissed his mention of the 'd' word. Little did we all know.
Aside from some of Steven's photos that I have used in the past, the above three are absolutely my favorites. His friends, his family and even Steven himself might have chosen other photos but I think the above three speak to who he was without the need for words.
Over at this place, I've set up a memorial album with additional photos, some supplied by close friends as well. There is almost no rhyme and reason to the album and the images are cetrainly not in chronological order but I hope that it conveys some of what we feel towards Steven. Finally, there is also a couple of short videos here.
I may not have been able to attend today's memorial and tomorrow's funeral. But I hope that, in this small way, I can honor the life of such a wonderful person.
Much love to his family and Santino. As for Steven Michael Mackin, I love you and stuff.
- The viewing? A packed house full of love (thanks for sharing, Wayne)
- Steven M. Mackin (I'd Rather Die in Love, Than Live Forever)