Isobel Norton said it so well:
“Those we hold most dear
Never truly leave us...
They live on
In the kindnesses they showed
The comfort they shared
And the love they brought
into our lives...”
The legacy of those who have gone beyond is how they enriched our lives while they were here. Steve Draper certainly did that. How? By the way he shared himself throughout our lives. By restoring and maintaining some of the historic buildings on the island, by being involved on boards and committees for years. By lending a hand at whatever you needed.
He was a wonderful husband, father, and friend. He was unassuming and a bit private. His days started with breakfast with the guys after which were filled with activity and productivity. At the end of the day you could often find him alone on his porch with a glass of Glenlivet looking out over the ocean.
I have a great photo of Steve with the pencil in his ear while giving one of our house guests a personal guided tour through the farm and he did it so graciously. Being with him and Rita in Costa Rica was an experience not to be missed.
We have bitter tears right now, but our memories of Steve will also give rise to smiles and laughter.
Don McCluskey said “I hope someone does a really good obituary about Steve.” I have only just touched on all he contributed to his friends and the whole the Block Island community, but I hope others will step forward and share how Steve enriched their lives.
Photo and story by Donna Corey.