Bernalwood is a micro-local blog, but the same cannot be said for the global Interwebs which function as our distribution platform. And as a result, the story of Stephen Stymiest, the homeless resident of Precita Park who died on January 20, has now reached members of his far-flung family.
This morning I received a very moving note from Stephen’s former wife:
Stephen is my ex-husband, we were married for 19 years, and divorced since 1997. We have three children, all now young adults. As you may understand, it was the alcoholism which took over him and he abandoned all of us for a bottle. Although we expected that he was homeless and would die to the disease, this was heartbreaking. It has helped for us to read the beautiful things that were written about him. He was a caring man, loved life, loved animals, loved people. Thank you for sharing the story. And, if there are any memories you have of him talking about his children, or any other stories in general, I’d like to be able to share those words with the children.
I’d like to help her. Dear neighbors, if you have stories about Stephen or recollections of your conversations with him, please use the comments to share them here, to preserve his memory so that his family might learn more about the gentleman we all remember.