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EIGHT BELLS - Stephen D. Kroepel
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Jul 1, 2012, 8:38 AM

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Provided by Bayview Yacht Club:

June 30, 2012

It is with great sadness that we wish to relay the passing of our friend Stephen D. Kroepel.

Steve is survived by his children John and Michael, and his beloved Ann. He is also survived by his adoring family, Mary Lou Harrison, Bruce and Margaret Hahn, and Jean and Jennifer Harrison, Steve was the only child of his mother, Alice, who precedes him. Steve loved nothing in the world more than his boys. He was determined that they have the childhood he didn't, and be raised knowing unconditional love. They shared countless adventures and loved attending sporting events. He was incredibly proud of their achievements, most recently John's attending college and Michael's successes in football and wrestling. Steve was proud to work at the Bayview Yacht Club as a bartender for over 30 years. He was the happiest when he could make other people happy and put them at ease; not only did he meet Ann there, but he deeply cared about the friends he made and treasured his many years there. Steve was a free spirit who had a lifelong love of music. In his 20's he was a "roadie" for area musicians, most notably Bob Seger. He was a huge fan of the Grateful Dead (the night that Jerry Garcia came to Bayview was very exciting!), Jimi Hendrix, jazz and many other genres. Steve particularly enjoyed customizing playlists for members of the yacht club. He also loved to camp. He and Ann camped for years and wasted no time introducing the boys to it as well. Their early years of tent camping transitioned into a camper, and the entire family thoroughly enjoyed Steve's gourmet cooking as well as his legendary campfires. The family also had great fun at amusement parks (roller coasters!) and waterpark hotels. Another family favorite was the annual trip to Bayfield, Ontario, where they would spend time on the beach building sandcastles, flying kites, reading and swimming. Steve left this world unaware of his own magic, never really knowing the impact he had on other's lives. His family and friends hope that he has finally found the peace he had been searching for.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, July 5th from 3:00 to 9:00 at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons (36900 Schoenherr, at Metro Parkway).

A Memorial Celebration will be held on Friday, July 6th at the Bayview Yacht Club (100 Clairpointe, Detroit) from 2:00 to 4:00 .

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family for an educational fund for John and Michael would be appreciated.




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Steve is one of the guys who made hanging out at Bayview a really great time. He was always ready with a story, a smile, and when he saw you walk in the door, he had your favorite drink waiting for you by the time you reached the bar. My favorite story about Steve is from the day that Jerry Garcia came to visit Bayview. He was a huge Deadhead and often wore a Stealie tie-pin at work, his way of livening up the black-tie outfits the Bayview bartenders had to wear. Jerry's wife had a friend who was a member, so he stopped in with them one afternoon before they played shows in Detroit the following two days. Steve couldn't believe Jerry was actually in the bar hanging out with us (there were only a handful of people there), and the three of us spent the better part of a hour or two talking about music, sailing, and diving. Before he left, Steve asked Jerry to sign an autograph for him, and Jerry told him he could do even better than that. He took one of the large white cloth bar napkins, drew a Stealie on it, and signed it for him. Steve was beyond excited, and that signed napkin artwork hung behind the bar for the rest of the summer.

Farewell, Steve. I'll have a Mt. Gay & ginger in your memory tonight.


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