Josh Brodesky, The Arizona Daily Star columnist, was also friends with Steve Vihel, who died a week ago.
Brodesky wrote a touching tribute to Steve in today’s paper. Here is an excerpt, but be sure to read the whole thing.
Well done Josh.
The medical staff had brought two sixers of beer to the hospital that morning, and Steve Vihel proposed a toast.
He didn’t have much strength and had to sip the beer through a straw, but he raised the bottle to his father, godmother, brother and girlfriend.
“Here’s to new beginnings,” he said.
He was not scared or anxious. Even as his family had wept around him in recent days, he stayed calm, comforting them with a smile. Only once did he cry, but that was because he loved them all so much.
Sometimes the currency of gratitude is tears.