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Steve Bellumori
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 19, 1949
  • Date of passing: Aug 14, 2014
Without fail, if you knew Steve for a day or if you are one of the lucky ones to have known him for a lifetime, you were immensely blessed to have called him friend.

Memorial Service
The Memorial Service for Steve will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 10th at St. Denis Church on Avy Avenue in Menlo Park.   There will be a reception following the service also at St. Denis Church.

  "One of the good ones, an icon, a mentor,  a true gentleman, authentic, loving, caring, smart, genuine, funny"   These are only a handful of the many words that friends have used to describe Steve.
Please share your words, stories, thoughts, and photos of Steve as we celebrate his life.

In honor of Steve a Memorial Fund has been established in his honor.  Below is more detail and instructions for those that would like to contribute.

Steve was an early Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation Board member and remained committed to the cause of supporting economically challenged students in our community throughout his life. In keeping with his values, The M-A Partnership for Success connects at-risk students with comprehensive services on and off campus. Donations can be made to the Steve Bellumori Memorial Fund at the M-A Foundation for the Future in support of the Partnership for Success. Checks made payable to M-A Foundation for the Future can be mailed to P.O. Box 1228, Menlo Park CA  94026. Please note in check memo line Steve Bellumori Memorial Fund or donations can be made online at;  Under  donor information/address in PayPal in "Note to Seller" please indicate your  donation is for the Steve Bellumori Memorial Fund.   If you have questions, please contact Cindy Folker at or (650) 322-5311 x 50206.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kate Kimelman on 19th January 2018

"I was just thinking of Steve yesterday -- I don't even know what brought up his memory but I could see his face, hear him talking, and hear his wonderful laugh. He will never be forgotten -- he made such an impression on everyone with his kindness and positive energy. My daughters enjoyed him so much too. They thought he was one of our relatives! We all still miss him."

This tribute was added by Charlotte Van Orden on 19th January 2018

You are not with us in body, but you're always with us. Thank you for showing us how one person can make a difference."

This tribute was added by Tracie Southerland on 14th August 2017

"Still to this day when I am challenged by a situation, I say to myself....."what would Steve do".  Your ethics and your care for people lives on in the people you touched.  I still miss you my friend!

This tribute was added by Wendy McPherson on 14th August 2017

"Another year has gone by and the hole you left still reverberates in the office..............."

This tribute was added by Linda Morrisey on 19th January 2017

"Miss you Steve! Everytime I have a friend or colleague talk about buying or selling a home, my first thought is still to refer them to you... the best in the business and a wonderful person."

This tribute was added by Don Diltz on 19th January 2017

"Every time I visit my cabin in Twain Harte I think about you Stevie. Miss you much. Thanks for all your love to me and Jay. Xoxo. Don"

This tribute was added by Tracie Southerland on 15th August 2016

"I was cleaning out some boxes last week and ran across the brochure that Alice and Steve created for selling our home in 2013. There was his smiling face and I was reminded of how well he took care of us during that time.  

Also during the course of many days in this crazy RE market I find myself asking the question "what would Steve do?".  That compass has never failed me.

Love you my friend!"

This tribute was added by Wendy McPherson on 14th August 2016

"This is a day that I will always remember - you gave a lot and I received a lot.  Thanks Steve..........  Always a supporter............."

This tribute was added by jeanne wangsness on 19th January 2016

"Steve made the world a better place!"

This tribute was added by Tracie Southerland on 19th January 2016

"I am reminded of Steve almost everyday in some small way.  His impact on my life continues and will forever.  I walk in a room or meeting where I would normally see him and I still have that feeling that he will walk in any minute.  I miss you my friend!

This tribute was added by Charlotte Van Orden on 19th January 2016

"Steve, your kindness made a difference to everyone, who was blessed, to have crossed your path. I’m just one, of many, fortunate to have known you.  I keep your photo at my home office, and several times a week I ask myself “What would Steve do?”  Thank you for continuing to be an inspiration.  You are missed, loved and not forgotten!  Thinking of you on this special day!"

This tribute was added by Hugh Cornish on 19th January 2016

"Steve was one of the finest people I have ever met.  He always would take the time to stop by my office, poke his head in and say hello.  His words were always kind and genuine.  

Steve was someone I looked up to and admired. He had a moral compass that was spot on in all business situations.  Steve treated everyone with respect and truly cared about the outcome of every deal.

I truly hope I am lucky enough to meet more people like Steve in my life."

This tribute was added by Wendy McPherson on 19th January 2016

"Just over one year gone - his light still shines in the office for all of us,"

This tribute was added by Kate Engelbrecht on 19th January 2016

"Steve had the gift of making each person he was with feel special and important.  I was proud to call him my friend, and will miss him always."

This tribute was added by Tracie Southerland on 14th August 2015

"Rarely a day has gone by in the last year that I have not thought of Steve.  I still miss you like crazy sweet friend!"

This tribute was added by Linda Morrisey on 20th January 2015

"With the new year I was thinking back over events that had a huge impact on me in 2014. Losing Steve was at the top of my list. And I'll bet it was at the top of many lists. A more wonderful person we will never meet..."

This tribute was added by Ann Marie Swetz on 19th January 2015

"Still difficult to accept the loss of usch a loving, giving person who loved his friedns and family totally and unconditionally.  We were truly blessed to have know him for many of the days of his life.  His memory will live on in fondness always.  Class of 66"

This tribute was added by Wendy Petersmeyer on 11th September 2014

"Dear Darline and Bellumori Family,

Steve has been a friend and reliable real estate partner for decades.
He helped us sell our first home in Menlo Park and find a lovely home in 1997 that we may live in forever. He was always a phone call away for advice on our elderly parents real estate concerns as well.
We have the fondest memories of meeting all the Bellumori family back at Las Lomitas in 1990 where our children were classmates.  Words that come to mind to describe Steve only being with:  joyful, loyal, enthusiastic, trustworthy, reliable, fun, brilliant and always giving it all his best!!

With profound sympathy, Wendy Petersmeyer & David Bagshaw"

This tribute was added by Kyle Imatani on 10th September 2014

"I have the fondest memories growing up with Tommy, Dave, and Mr. and Mrs. Bellumori.  Mr. Bellumori in particular was always amicable, humorous and inclusive -- whenever I went to visit the Bellumori house I felt like family.  I only wish for the best for the rest of the family and I know he will be missed dearly."

This tribute was added by Kate Kimelman on 10th September 2014

"Steve was the best.  Whether we were working with him on buying our house or out to dinner or just running into him when he was in our neighborhood, he was always friendly, down to earth, full of energy, and interested in catching up. When I think of Steve I will always remember his great sense of humor — and his warm and hearty laugh. We are all so lucky to have known him. Our lives have been enriched. We will really miss him. Our sincere condolences to his wonderful family."

This tribute was added by Arvid Hoppas on 10th September 2014

"I have know Steve for over twenty years.  He was one of those people who you will never forget, no matter how infrequent your interactions were.  I met Steve back in the 80's at our early morning work-outs.  He was a light in my life; a man who inspired me.  I loved Steve for his compassion, integrity, honesty and mostly, just because he was the type of person who you immediately trusted and liked.  His passing is a loss for all who crossed paths with him.  I will miss him a great deal."

This tribute was added by Debbie Spinelli on 10th September 2014

"Steve was a treasured friend and associate of my father, Raymond Spinelli.  I knew him only briefly when he helped our family through some difficult times. He was an honest, dependable professional and truly one of the nicest guys in the world. He gave expert advise with caring, compassionate service. He touched the lives of many.
I hope the great outpouring of love and respect from his many friends,  and associates will bring peace to his family"

This tribute was added by jeanne wangsness on 10th September 2014

"I was proud to be a Steve’s colleague and friend for almost three decades.   He showed me through his actions how to be a real “humane” being.  He loved, cared, generously shared, and forever sought to improve his profession and community.  He respected and valued the opinions and welfare of others.  Daily he demonstrated that the ethical way of doing business was the right path to follow.  I miss his smile, but can still hear his laugh.  His legacy of invaluable lifetime accomplishments will remain into perpetuity.  Rest in Peace my friend."

This tribute was added by NOREEN HARROW on 10th September 2014

"Once in a "Blue Moon" a star enters our lives and gives us an extraordinary human being, Steve Bellumori. One hears all the superlatives  bestowed upon him.The one that frequently comes to mind is integrity ..the quality of being whole, sound, moral, upright,sincere.Others we hear are: patient,helpful, kind, generous, cheerful,loyal,humorous,compassionate,ethical,honorable,professional,witty,warm,caring,trustworthy,respectful. Yep that's Steve.
He set the bar for life's highest standards.
I retired from real estate 14 years ago, yet for 14 years i have received the brochures for Steve's listings and sales,plus his yearly updates.This year was a "TOME",encompassing not only the entire Bay Area but a radius reaching north,south,east,and west.
Some years back Steve travelled East with his 2 sons. On the way he stopped at Niagara Falls, not only to view one
of the wonders of the world, but to visit my mother who was then in her late 80's. To this day Mom who is now 104 still recalls their visit.Yep that's Steve.
Last April he sent out an email announcing my sons's Opera
"LILLITH" which was presented at Menlo Atherton Performing
Arts Center.Steve and Darline came. Yep that's Steve and Darline, too.
We will always look to the heavens and remember this remarkable
Renaissance Man. YEP that's STEVE BELLUMORI.

Please accept our deepest and heartfelt condolences  to you Darline, and to the boys and your entire family.

                      Noreen Harrow and Herm too"

This tribute was added by Pete Tachis on 10th September 2014

"I am, still, largely speechless over the loss of this good man.  Steve helped me buy my first house in the mid-nineteen seventies.  He sold me the one that I live in now, (the little house with the big view)  and we had some very nice moments in between.  Steve was a friend and will always be.  In recent years, I’ve gotten into the habit of signing off any correspondence to Steve with the phrase; “I’m still not tired of the sunsets”, my way of saying thank you for helping me purchase this home.  I’ll think of you whenever I see one of those beautiful sunsets and raise a glass in your honer.  So long old friend."

This tribute was added by Ronald Rossi on 9th September 2014

"I represented Steve years ago and valued our ensuing and ongoing friendship.  He was a great guy – both a consummate professional and a truly decent, admirable human being.  I know that his friends and family will have many wonderful stories and memories to share at the memorial service.  I have many of these myself that I’d love to contribute, but I am out of the country, not returning until mid-September.  I will be there in spirit with all of you and send Steve’s family in particular my warmest wishes and support."

This tribute was added by Hill Huntington on 8th September 2014

"A number of years ago we joined other friends (who also bought a home through Steve over the years) in taking Darline and Steve out to dinner at a local restaurant. Needless to say, other dining patrons that evening could not understand why this group would make such a fuss for their real estate agent. But as others here have noted, he was our friend who would stay in touch over the years. When we think of community in Menlo Park, we think of Steve. He was the best.
-Hill and Honor"

This tribute was added by Cheri Nason on 7th September 2014

"So sorry and saddened to hear we have lost Steve's vibrant caring life here on earth , but I'm sure the angels in heaven are happy he arrived with his infectious optimism and smile. Steve helped my husband and I through one of the most trying times in our marriage- buying our first home in the tough competitive market of Menlo Park 12 years ago, and we will be forever grateful to him for his guidance, kindness, and genuine concern for our well being.  He always kept in touch in some way over those 12 years even when we moved out of state and this is a testament to the wonderful caring person and magnificent realtor turned friend he was. Praying for the comfort of his family, thanks for sharing him with us."

This tribute was added by George So on 7th September 2014

"The loss of Mr. Bellumori is devastating and infuriating. My brothers and I had the pleasure of growing up with his youngest son, Tommy, and frequently visiting his home. As many of you have mentioned, Mr. Bellumori's smile and laugh were infectious and unforgettable. He always brought such a bright aura of joy, kindness, and good humor to every situation. The Bellumori's played a key role in my childhood and will never be forgotten. Mrs. Bellumori, I hope you know just how much your husband was appreciated and loved on every level. We will remember him for the rest of our lives."

This tribute was added by Dennis Baldini on 4th September 2014

"steve was a true professional and a friend to appraisers.
he was always very helpful when i called him for advice or information on his listings or recent sales, especially in menlo park. RIP steve."

This tribute was added by Richard So on 4th September 2014

"As a child, I always thought of Mr. Bellumori's contagious smile and  uplifting chuckle. He was the definition of a fun, cool and loving dad. As I grew older, I saw Mr. Bellumori as a prime example of the man I wanted to be, diligent and driven but always compassionate, good hearted, positive, and, just as I saw as a child, ready to laugh. It is truly unfair to see Mr. Bellumori gone too early. My deepest condolences Mrs. Bellumori. Even though it may not seem like it, you and your husband were great positive influences in the lives of my brothers and I."

This tribute was added by Phillip So on 4th September 2014

"I have nothing but fond memories of Mr. Bellumori. As a kid, I remember seeing him whenever I went over to hang out with Tommy and thinking how awesome it would be to have a Dad like him. I remember vacations that our families went on together and all the times that he brought energy to the whole group. You will surely be missed."

This tribute was added by Katsi Nousiainen on 3rd September 2014

"Thank you Steve for always making everyone around you feel important.  I was blessed to have known you for the past 25 years.  I'm sending prayers to the Bellumori family."

This tribute was added by John Till on 3rd September 2014

"My sincerest condolences to Steve's family.  I am deeply saddened by the news.  Steve was always there as a friend.  He was, not only one of the most capable people I know, but he ranks among the most ethical.

A sincere goodbye my friend, John"

This tribute was added by Jean Rigg on 2nd September 2014

"Steve Bellumori did not walk lightly through this world. Steve drew awareness to himself not through flamboyance but because of his great humor, kindness, generosity of self and respect for all he came in contact with.

Steve, you are and will be forever sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Judy Ellis on 2nd September 2014

"To Steve, your exemplary practice inspired each of us – you made us better, stronger - wanting to know more and be more.  Thank you for your friendship, your kindness to a single mom & your career long support."

This tribute was added by Judy Ellis on 2nd September 2014

"To Steve, your exemplary practice inspired each of us – you made us better, stronger - wanting to know more and be more.  Thank you for your friendship, your kindness to a single mom & your career long support."

This tribute was added by Susan Tilling on 1st September 2014

"Steve whom we could turn for sage advice...on whom we could rely for up-to-date wording (and explanations of same) in PRDS forms.....who always had useful information to pass along at sales meetings....whose transactions with clients and relations with agents were always guided by honesty...whose selflessness was apparent....for whom agents and clients alike have the highest regard...who has suddenly left a void in our hearts and an empty corner of our office.
We will miss you so much more than you would ever have imagined."

This tribute was added by Margaret Brandeau on 1st September 2014

"There are no words to say how shocked, dismayed, and upset we are with the tragic news of Steve's passing.  We were honored to have been able to call him friend for the last 27 years.
A lot has already been said about Steve among his real estate colleagues. As a friend and mentor and will be sorely missed.
But he was more than that to us. Yes, Steve was "our real estate broker"  ̶  we never thought we'd sell or buy another house without Steve. But Steve was also a wonderful friend.   Steve always had a cheery bounce when he saw us (even if the time gap might have been years) and opened with a quick and cherubic "Hello, Jose!"  Nobody ever called Joe “Jose” and Joe doesn’t really like the nickname, but coming from Steve, he enjoyed it thoroughly.  
Last night we were reminiscing about searching for our first house with Steve in his cream yellow Mercedes in 1987. This was in the days before the internet, so we visited probably a list of 50+ houses. We were dogged. We joked with Steve that since we were raised Catholic there was a right way and wrong way to be a buyer  ̶  and we were going to do it the right way. Steve enjoyed that one.  
While house hunting with Steve we coined the term "all ducked up" for houses in the 1980s that had been redecorated in the prevailing country-chic of the time with blues, whites, images of little farm animals, etc. that included ducks. Steve loved that term, got a real chortle out of that. For our first house he gave us a concrete garden statue of a duck with a bow around its neck. We still have the duck proudly displayed at the entrance of our driveway, 27 years later (though the bow is long gone).
When Joe was diagnosed with cancer last year, Steve didn’t call to ask what he could do. Instead he just showed up at our house with lunch one afternoon. We sat outside and chatted, laughed, and hugely enjoyed ourselves.
Steve of course will be eulogized for the many big things he did. But in a way it was the many little things Steve said or did that have the lasting impact on many; that is what we will remember and cherish. Although he is no longer with us, his memory will always live on in our hearts – and we will smile every day when we see that concrete duck."

This tribute was added by Robert Reid on 30th August 2014

"I met Steve in the late 70's and got to know him better during the Seville Properties years in the 80's and 90's. I came to count on his market knowledge and wise counsel whenever I found myself working in southern San Mateo County.
I admired Steve's willingness to commit his time to the many leadership roles he assumed, especially on behalf of organized Real Estate, at the local association with Pen-west and Silvar and at the State level. His interest in improving our industry by giving his time, energy, and ideas for a better run more professional organization with better written more up to date forms continues to benefit all of us.
Steve was a friend, a great guy, and certainly the consumate profesional Realtor. We will miss him greatly."

This tribute was added by Lee Anderson on 29th August 2014

"I have many fond memories of Steve's hard work and dedication on the Las Lomitas Education Foundation in the 1990s. He also arranged office space and telephone lines for phone banks for district parcel tax and bond campaigns, and then made countless calls himself. The community has lost a great friend. Please accept my deepest sympathy."

This tribute was added by Neal Fine on 29th August 2014

"Steve was one of the first agents I met when I started at the Almanac in 1999. He was just a nice guy, always cheerful, always smiling and laughing. He was full of information. If anyone ever had a crystal ball on how the market will be or changing, he was the agent to ask.Sometimes his ads were complicated and our design team may not of gotten it right or the way he wanted it. He was always respectful and just had great patience and we worked it all out. I loved seeing him on tour, I was emailing him his ad , the day before he past away and saw him on tour about 2 weeks ago. He was so easy to talk to and only one of a couple of agents that would ask me about my personal life and he really cared. My publisher always told me that if he ever was going to sell his house, Steve was the man. How could you ever go wrong with that decision?"

This tribute was added by Lisa Dunlevie on 29th August 2014

"My family and extended family were clients of Steve's. No business was too small for him and he always made my husband and me feel like we were his only clients. When we were looking between San Carlos and Los Altos, whenever the selling agent at an open house would ask who our agent was, after our response they would say "Oh, you have STEVE BELLUMORI." We have clearly lost a giant of the Peninsula."

This tribute was added by Kate Engelbrecht on 28th August 2014

"Steve and I have been friends since way back in the Seville Properties days.  He was a wonderful, generous friend and mentor and we collaborated on many transactions over the years.  I learned so much from him, and will miss him forever.  His generosity, his great sense of humor and his wonderful treatment of his clients and colleagues are some of the characteristics that defined him.  I am just so sad to see him go."

This tribute was added by Leannah Hunt on 28th August 2014

"Steve was indeed the Realtor's Realtor and made an outstanding contribution to our industry and Association through his leadership and volunteer efforts over many years to write and perfect our Realtor forms through PRDS. His good nature, optimism, competency and generosity to other Realtors endeared him to us all. We have lost one of our finest however, his legacy and standards are left to all of us to emulate and champion through our relationships with fellow Realtors and the manner in which we continue to conduct our transactions and represent ourselves to the public."

This tribute was added by Barbara Tyler on 28th August 2014

"Steve's wonderful laugh and positive outlook were his hallmark. I admired Steve for his generosity, kind spirit and integrity. He was a privilege to know.  My heart goes out to his family at this time of sudden loss."

This tribute was added by Shane Stent on 28th August 2014

"Though my interactions with Steve were limited, I always knew what I was getting and that was honor and integrity. Too many people are out there for themselves without a consideration for others. Steve was a person of integrity and someone that you could count on. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Mark Ankenman on 28th August 2014

"Steve was truly a mentor for so many of us and always set the bar so high both personally and professionally. He always took the time to check in and say hi, ask about the family and was so incredibly supportive. I will truly miss his great wit, sense of humor and knowing that if I needed anything he was there."

This tribute was added by Constantine Polychronopoulos on 28th August 2014

"You can tell a jewel of a person the very first time you meet him. Steve was referred to me by a trusted friend in May, just days after my wife and I made a decision to relocate our family and our four young children from Illinois to the Bay Area.  The stress involved in buying a house in the most unfriendly RE market and relocating our family in time for the new school year was almost unbearable, until I met Steve.  We bought our home just a month later, and Steve made sure it was exactly the home that our family wanted. Steve and his (and our) close friend and colleague Kate, worked tirelessly and left nothing to guess in order to make sure that we found the house that would make everyone in our family happy.

When it came to knowledge, professionalism, integrity, response, negotiation, issues-resolution, even finance and execution in real estate transactions, Steve was simply unmatched.  And he made it all a very pleasant experience. But what was special for us was that Steve became a real FRIEND in a matter of a few weeks. My wife and I trusted him unconditionally. Every time we met him, his smile lit the room.  For a couple of months, I would speak with Steve almost every day, and each time I would hang up feeling assured and happy. Our children loved him. Our 20 month old would jump on his arms and Steve would hold him and talk to him like a grandfather while my wife and I checked out listings.

Our children cried when we learned the devastating news. They still talk about Steve. I still find it hard to believe that he is gone. Every time I think of Steve, which is every day, I feel a knot in my stomach. We lost a dear new friend whom we feel we knew forever. And our dinner plans remained suspended. You will always be missed, Steve."

This tribute was added by Suzie Provo on 28th August 2014

"I knew Steve for many years. He was the kind of man who made you proud to be a realtor. Not only was he honest, ethical and kind, he was funny, collaborative and in general a superbly decent person. I was honored and proud to call him my friend. I miss him and am saddened by his passing. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family."

This tribute was added by Marge Draper on 27th August 2014

"I had the great good fortune to meet Steve early in my real estate career.  I'm having a hard time trying to articulate all the ways he was special.  From treating a new agent with incredible respect to bringing a casserole to my home when I was ill.  He was, as many have said, very special.  Love to you, Steve."

This tribute was added by Ginger-and-Joe Walmsley on 27th August 2014

"Knowing Steve was a privilege and a delight. We cherish the memory of his friendship and cannot imagine the mid-Peninsula without him.

Steve was referred to us in 1981 as a principled realtor who liked to help first-time home buyers get into the crazy housing market (offers over asking, assumed loans, secondary loans at 16%). From our first meeting with Steve, we knew he was our kind of guy, especially when he nicknamed us "The Walnettos". And it didn't take us long to realize that the witty, funny ex-Peace Corps volunteer charmer was also an absolute professional who knew his stuff and took care of his clients. His patience with us was heroic.

He steered us through the next housing downturn, stuck with us for over a year to sell our house, and found us the perfect place in West Menlo where we still live. Steve never gave up, always had a smile and a plan.

Our business relationship with him evolved into an enduring friendship. He was so much fun to be around, always there with a great story, ever ready to tear a wall down and remodel something. He was a larger-than-life, talented, determined, mischievous, involved, and caring man. We will miss him deeply.     Ginger and Joe Walmsley, "The Walnettos""

This tribute was added by Ann Marie Swetz on 27th August 2014

"I knew Steve since grade school as a classmate that always had a kind word for everyone and a beaming smile also. As a 66'r Steve kept our class together for many years, or did his darndest to have us remain in touch with each other each opportunity he had.  He was the king of emails and the president of our class.  there will be no one to replace him or all he did for the love of his 1966 Coughlin High class or Pennsylvania friends.  Rest in peace Steve.  They say God only takes the "best" when he is in need and that' s why you left us so suddenly.  Your smile and spirit are needed by a higher power."

This tribute was added by Joe Christopher on 27th August 2014

"I grew up with and have known Steve for over 55 years.  In our younger years we lived a stones throw apart.  He was President of our Coughlin Class of 1966.  He was the glue that not only held our class together but turned us into the Coughlin Family of 1966.  There was nothing he would not do for a friend or classmate.  He had a infectious smile.  I think that family, friends and Coughlin 66ers' will all agree that the moment Steve passed away an "angel" was born.  May my friend Rest in Peace...."

This tribute was added by Connie Sutton on 27th August 2014

"An incredibly honorable man.  We were stunned to read about Steve's passing.  We know him only from looking at real estate through the decades, and from neighborhood issues.  Blessings to his family."

This tribute was added by Monica Corman on 26th August 2014

"There was no better friend in the real estate community than Steve.  I especially remember when I listed a house that he had once owned and lived in, and he wanted to buy it so that one day his children might live in it as adults.  I learned then how meaningful these moments were for him.  Sure, it was real estate, but everything Steve did had meaning,  or he didn't do it.  What a loss his passing is to all of us."

This tribute was added by randy eyler on 26th August 2014

"Back in the mid '90's, I worked with Steve at Seville Properties.  One day, I previewed one of his listings in MP and the owner showed me around.  She insisted that I venture into the attic space which had been partially finished---partially being the operative word.  I stepped on what I thought was firm footing, and my entire leg and foot went through the insulation and sheetrock into the living room below.

Someone in the living room started screaming and indignantly inquired as to why I had done so.  Actually, I was semi-stuck and my stones had been crunched by one of the rafters I had fallen on.  I just wanted out and was in no mood to deal with a screamer from below.

About a half hour later, Steve called me saying his client had just called him---hysterically saying that I was destroying her home.  We had a few "words" at the time, but used to joke about it for many years afterwards."

This tribute was added by David Thomas on 26th August 2014

"I read in an early contribution that if you knew Steve just one day, you were fortunate to have known him to have met such a person throughout your lifetime. Having been in the real estate business for a short time, Steve asked me for advice on a rental I did. First reaction in my mind was "You're asking me???" ... as though I knew anything in comparison to Steve. But then again, that's why he was so loveable and respected. There were no second class citizens in Steve's world, and thus he made everything feel inclusive and as though you truly did matter. I will miss seeing Steve in the office and on the weekends in his Hawaiian Tommy Bahama shirts.

Thanks Steve"

This tribute was added by Maxine Dumas on 25th August 2014

"A great colleague and friend will be missed in Steve.  I can say that I truly enjoyed each and every transaction with this honest, trustworhty, and dedicated man.  Steve made a constant practice of always giving one-hundred perecent, and his clients knew it!  It was a true privilege to have know him.  His work and his legacy will live on as we remember all that he has done.
-Maxine and Michelle Dumas"

This tribute was added by Don Diltz on 25th August 2014

"Steve has been such a wonderful part of  our real estate community and of my personal community.  His patience and kindness are without fail and often go without proper recognition because he has been so generous that he makes it seem like we're doing him a favor to let him help us out!

Case in point:  I was shopping for a vacation home in Steve's beloved Twain Harte and let Steve know I'd be there over the week end.  Of course Darline gets to help too since Steve immediately insisted that my partner and I stay with them in their house there.  Then as we're making plans for the search - Steve volunteers to do the driving - and we visited about 15 listings in one day - talk about a busman's holiday!  And then he and Darline made extra trips to the one I selected - and had plenty of input for the negotiation and upgrades for the Seller to do ( was a different kind of market).  That's just an example....but he's come through time and again for us as individuals and as an industry.  

We all miss you Steve!"

This tribute was added by Michael Hall on 25th August 2014

"Steve was truly a gentleman with a great sense of humor and mountains of integrity. He is missed."

This tribute was added by Nancy Stern on 25th August 2014

"Steve was a Prince of a man and a wonderful human being. I had the pleasure of working with him for many years at Seville Properties. He was always helpful, full of good energy and wonderful ideas. He was a great colleague. I remember when someone in our office started choking on her calcium pill. He was there in a flash and did the Heimlich
maneuver and she was fine. We all loved him and will miss him terribly. A star as bright as he was, will always shine."

This tribute was added by alan russell on 25th August 2014

"I have such vivid thoughts and memories of Steve. He would often use the office I worked from to meet Los Altos clients. He always brings a smile I wanted to see Steve again. he shared important facts like how much hew liked is Toyota Truck (yellow) and later how it was not a real estate car BUT a fun one. He walked away when others started being negative and stayed true to himself. he was a joy each and every moment spent Steve. Many have said my life is richer because of Steve! I would say he was a man who said less, what he said was important and we all looked forward to seeing him again. Thank you Steve for each moment you shared with me!"

This tribute was added by Charlotte Van Orden on 25th August 2014

"Steve your extraordinary!  When I met you back in the early 80’s I knew at once you were one-of-a-kind. You had a way about you which made me and everyone around you feel comfortable and special.  Your kindness, loyalty, zest for life, dedication, generous nature, humor, compassion, directness, work ethics, professionalism, honesty and capability of lighting up a room when you entered are only a few of your many merits. There are very few men who possess all your qualities. It’s no wonder we are all feeling such a great loss in your passing.  Steve thanks for adding joy to my life and everyone’s life you touched."

This tribute was added by Michelle Mello on 25th August 2014

"My husband and I were lucky enough to work with Steve over the last several months and really felt like we had a friend guiding us through our transition to California.  Truly, he is one of the most patient people we've ever met, and such a sweet man.  We were so lucky to meet him and will think of him whenever we turn the key in the beautiful home he found for us."

This tribute was added by Elaine White on 25th August 2014

"Steve was such a great friend and human being--there was no one nicer.  He was a terrific Realtor and I already miss our constant collaboration.  I think that the best way to describe Steve is to say that he was a real mensch. Wikipedia defines mensch as "a person of integrity and honor." All that is missing from this definition is a picture of Steve."

This tribute was added by Linda Morrisey on 24th August 2014

"The quote above says it all. I was one of the lucky ones to have known Steve for many years. What an amazing, professional, intelligent and kind person. There was no one like him. He will be so missed."

This tribute was added by Mark Duvall on 24th August 2014

"While not knowing Steve as long as many, his quality as a human being always came through his personal interactions, whether working with clients on their home, collaborating with colleagues, or speaking in front of large groups of people. Steve was simply a wonderful person, full of knowledge, wit, and compassion. I will miss him very much!"

This tribute was added by Victoria Naidorf on 24th August 2014

"I have had the pleasure to know Steve as a friend, a colleague and a client for many years.  He was always striving to improve the practice of real estate and his efforts on behalf of REALTORS shall not be forgotten.  His insights and questions challenged me to be a better person and a better attorney.  I will miss his quick wit and his ever-present smile.."

This tribute was added by Liz Rhodes on 24th August 2014

"We can all learn a lesson from Steve. He was a gentleman and a giver. A true professional! Steve left a legacy . One of the good guys is gone, but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Janet Cross on 24th August 2014

"Steve's office was always open for advice and mentoring.  And always with a smile.  Now I will have to ask myself:  "What would Steve say and do?"  Rest in peace, my friend."

This tribute was added by Louise DeDera on 24th August 2014

"I have known Steve since he worked at Pantano Realty. His integrity was well known among realtors. His warm and caring nature made him a favorite with whom to share a transaction. So much to say and hard to say it, except he will be greatly missed and it was a blessing to know him."

This tribute was added by lehua greenman on 24th August 2014

"Steve was my first example of a GREAT REALTOR when I began my real estate career 25 years ago. It wasn't long after I met Steve that I learned what an incredible unconditional humanitarian, associate and friend he was. He will be missed tremendously by all who knew him.
We are Blessed that Steve left his AMAZING footprints for us to follow."

This tribute was added by Hugh Cornish on 24th August 2014

"I am a better person and real estate agent knowing Steve.  He treated everyone with respect and always was willing to share.  He was a good listener and always had something wise say.  He was trustworthy and had incredible integrity.  I will truly miss his presence but will always feel fortunate to have know him.  What a tragic loss."

This tribute was added by Wendy McPherson on 24th August 2014

"Reliable, kind, knowledgable are all words used by all the agents in our office of which Steve was a piece of our heart and soul. We are all still reeling at his loss. It a substantial loss to our local real estate industry also."

This tribute was added by Ann Banich on 22nd August 2014

"Steve was a light in our neighborhood.  He was always available to talk and provide insight on the neighborhood history and community views.  We wil miss him."

This tribute was added by Tracie Southerland on 21st August 2014

"I have known Steve 20 years.  I know many of you have known him longer and some who have only known him a short time.  Without fail, if you only knew him for a day or if you are one of the lucky ones to have known him for a lifetime,  you were immensely  blessed to have called him friend.  

I will miss him beyond words. He made an impact on my life that will last forever."

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