Friday, April 16, 2010

Steve Mihalis, a great friend and man of peace

May we all take up the cause as Steve did, and perhaps more importantly in the *manner* that he did.

I spoke with Steve by phone a week before he passed. He was in a whole lot of pain and the drugs were not helping. I forced back tears, as I was talking with him. The conversation was too brief, as was the time I knew this great guy. As I ended the conversation, I said "Steve, you know what? There's a whole lot of us in D.C. who love you." He just responded that he loved all of us, as well.

I had been arrested with Steve a handful of times, as we resisted the empire's wars and its unjust detaining and mistreatment fellow human beings. He always arrived in DC with a smile and open arms for a hug and a kind word, or two, or three.

Steve never had an unkind word for anyone. He became very involved with the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance over the last four years, and that's how I got to know him better.He always provided this wonderful source of positive energy during our nonviolent direct actions. He truly believed that together we can make the world a better one.

My life has been enriched by knowing Steve, many many lives have been. For this I am deeply grateful. And I am pledging to interact with the world a bit more like Steve.

Steve, we love you and miss you dearly! Now rest and be with the angels, friend.

I understand the funeral will be tomorrow in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Here's the following related info:

Friends will be received Saturday from 2 P.M. until the time of a 5 P.M. service at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Avenue, Elyria. Reverend Mary Meadows will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family through the funeral home or to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 2173 North Ridge Road East, Suite H, Lorain, Ohio 44055-3400.

1 comment:

catarina said...

that's really sweet pete. steve will be missed.