Letters to the editor: Readers write on the passing of Pembroke reporter Steve Uhler
Chatham This Week letters to the editor
Kind, patient – a sense for what was important
We often miss the ultimate significance of a "new" person in our lives when we meet them. Steve Uhler was like that for me.
I lived in Pembroke for just five years, but it is amazing how many times Steve was part of my being there. As a member of the board of Bereaved Families of Ontario - Pembroke, I always saw Steve at our Remembrance Tree celebrations in Memory Park and at our butterfly releases in both Memory Park and Pansy Patch Park. He was always patient and kind as he waited for just the right picture to go with his words. Whether in the cold or the sweltering heat, he never lost his sense of what was important.
This story (http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2014/06/15/butterflies-of-remembrance) is about our 2014 Butterfly Release and, for me, it best illustrates who Steve was. Not only did he take a superb picture of my dear friend, Holly, he also used his gentle words to speak of the reasons behind the release and the losses felt by those who attended.
I am sorry that Steve left so young. So many more people could have benefitted from knowing him.
Now of Halifax, N.S.
A gift for fair explanation
I was simply shocked to read of the passing of Stephen Uhler. I am 76 years old and have known Stephen for about eight years.
I attended, for the past nine years, all the city council meetings. I actually sat behind Stephan and got to know him and I learned a tremendous amount from him.
He would comment on my questions and provide input regarding Pembroke - but always in a very positive manner. Yes, this old fart can be aggressive but when Stephen would chat with me, all the aggression would melt away. He actually had a gift for that.
He will be sincerely missed and hopefully he leaves a lasting legacy here in Pembroke. My most sincere condolences to his mom and family.
William S. (Bill) Halkett
Our community has lost one of its best friends
My condolences to Steven’s family coworkers and friends. A friend he was indeed whether it was at a skating and hotdog night at Rotary Park, a Pembroke Business Improvement Area function, the Coldest Night of The Year fundraiser or the many other Rotary Club of Pembroke’s functions he covered. I am proud to say he was my guest when I was presented a Paul Harris award at Anthony’s Restaurant to Romeo Levasseur. My wife Christiane made sure he had a prominent seat with Rotarians at this dinner, which I am sure he enjoyed.
I have a saying, "The way to the Observer’s front page was through Steve’s tummy."
I never saw Steve when not in a jovial mood, he was a real Valley person. He was a credit to his profession and community.
Michael St Jean