From the Quinn Funeral Home Guest Book

dave williams wrote on Wednesday, Sep 02 at 07:12 AM
You will allways be loved, and you WILL be Missed. You are my friend and my brother i will remember you forever. I carry you in my heart.

Alex Gray III -09.01.2009
Mrs.Insana and Family: You our in our thoughts and prayers. Alex Gray III Conimicut Village Association,Past President

Paul & Lori Earnshaw -09.01.2009
A passing of a loved one is a sorrowful, time that causes us to us to take pause. Where we can reflect, and remember the wonderful memories. But it is important that we not greive too long, or else his death will live on. His life here on earth remains in each who knew him, Go live life with a piece of Steve leading the charge! Fly on my friend, you are now our guardian with angel's wings. Each time I see a crow following I will know its you. Fly on Kow Taum Powit Peace Paul Earnshaw

Niece Sharon and Bill Hains -09.01.2009
Dear Auntie and my cousins, So sorry about Steve. We have lots of good memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Sharon and Bill Crystal Benoit -09.01.2009
The death of someone close to us leaves us shocked with grief. We cannot understand how one minute this person was here and the next they are gone. The truth is that those we love are never truly gone. The body may have run its course, but the soul lives forever.A death in the family leaves a void that cannot be filled. No one can ever take the place of this individual in the world.

Meg Kerr -09.01.2009
I had the great privilege to know Steve through his work on Buckeye Brook. Steve was an inspiration to me – passionate, knowledgeable, friendly, hard-working and kind. He was comfortable in all settings, whether talking to the Governor or chatting with children who wandered by his river. I will miss him. Buckeye Brook will miss him. And the State has lost a real River Hero. My thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family.

NANCY BROWN-GARCIA -09.01.2009
DEAR MRS. INSANS & FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF STEVE'S PASSING, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS GREAT TIME OF SORROW. STEVE WAS A FRIEND TO ALL GENTLE THINGS IN NATURE AND HUMAN BEINGS. HE WAS A KIND SOUL WITH A HEART OF GOLD. WE WILL MISS STEVE VERY MUCH. FRIENDS FROM THE NARRAGANSETT INDIAN TRIBE

TONY GARCIA -09.01.2009
STEVE WAS THE BEST FRIEND A MAN COULD HAVE, I AM SO SORRY MRS. INSANA I HURT AS MUCH YONY

Kim Moore -09.02.2009
Stephen was one of my best friends. We were always there for each other no matter what. He was a great friend to have. I will miss him so very much! My heart goes out to you Irene & family. RIP my buddy Steve...I love you forever!

Paul & Maureen (O'Dowd) Matton -09.02.2009
We are so sorry you are all in are prayers !! We knew him when we went to school as beaver He will be deeply miss He will always be in our hearts !! Love you and miss you rest in peace

July Lewis -09.02.2009
I had the great pleasure of working with Steve on the International Coastal Cleanup. His love for Buckeye Brook and the environment was an inspiration and I will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve's family and friends.

Linda Green -09.02.2009
Steve was such a wonderful person and advocate for his beloved Buckeye Brook. I always enjoyed talking with him and marvelled at his dedication, ability to get things started and done and his down-to-earth attitude and actions to restore and protect his brook. He was truly inspirational.

Mary Grady -09.02.2009
It was my privilege to spend several days' time with Steve, learning about Buckeye Brook for a story in Rhode Island Monthly. The depth and breadth of his knowledge and wisdom was impressive, and he was exceedingly generous with his time. Anything for Buckeye Brook! His passing is a great loss to the brook, and the city of Warwick, and his many friends and family ... but every spring, when the herring return, he will be there!

David &Patti Williams -09.02.2009
You will always be loved,and WILL be MISSED. You are my friend and my brother I will remember you forever.I carry you in my heart.To the family we are sorry for your lose and our heart's go out to you all

Tina M. Christy -09.02.2009
Dearest Family, When I heard of Stephan’s passing, I was instantly reminded, of President Obama's eulogy, at Senator Ted Kennedy's funeral. Politics aside, his words are magnanimously relative to the loss of our cherished and beloved friend, affectionately known as, Beaver. I called him “Beava”. In part, the President stated: "...What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy." Beava's dedication to the conservation efforts of Buckey Brook was a noble task; too few a man or woman would rise to face this immense challenge. Yet he faced this purposeful project with Herculean passion and pride. In turn, I was proud of him...proud to know him...proud to call him "friend". Beava resonated love and joy with vigor. My earliest childhood memories recall him as a gentle and caring friend, with a twinkle in his eye, a tender yet mischievous smile, and always an impish spirit. Beava possessed the admirable qualities of loyalty, kindness, and respect, just to name a few. Beava seized the opportunity to due his part in making our world a better place to live. Now, he may reflect on his time here, and know that he made a positive impact on the lives of so many others, in the past, presently, and of our future generations. To have one's brief existence on this earth leave such a gracious and significant imprint on the lives of others is the highest of honors. -Well done Stephan. My heart is heavy; my memories fond, Stephan (Beava) will be deeply missed. My sincerest sympathies, Tina M. Christy

Matthew Sweet -09.02.2009
Well, first off i want to say Steve was my Godfather and one of my favorite people ever. What i mean by that is i loved this guy more than anything and hes one of those guys that no matter what mood you were in, wether you were grumpy, down and out, or just having one of those days you didnt feel like talkin to anyone, it didnt matter. You couldnt not want to be around him. I owe him a lot. I can honestly say hes one of the reasons im where im at today. He had a huge impact on me growing up and im thankful everyday for him cus of that. He was always around for me, my brother and sister. Always. Christmas time he was always at our door with a bunch of wrapped presents and calling our phone and leaving a "pretending to be Santa" message on the answering machine. Every summer we would go to his house and he would let us swim in his pool. We would either go with my dad and hang out or he would just drop by and pick us up. The entire time at his house i would have to listen to him brag about his upcoming karate match with Jean Claude Van Dam. haha we actually believed him and thought he would win. We really looked up to him. I can remember it all like it was yesterday. I dont know what i would have done without him growing up. I think i turned out pretty good. Im currently in the Marines now and im doing really well. Im stationed in Hawaii, so im not going to be able to make the wake or funeral. I want to say my heart goes out to his family, everyone close to Steve and anyone lucky enough to meet this awesome guy. His passing is really hard for me right now. When i joined the Marines a few years back, i was hours away from leaving RI for bootcamp and was gettin a ride from my dad to the recruiter.. And when my dad pulled up in the car, it was Steve right next to him in the passenger seat. I honestly wasn't surprised at all. Thats the type of guy he was. I wasnt even in the Marines yet and he was already so proud and bragging about me to all the Marines at the office there. And of course embarassing me like always. hahaha! It wasnt too bad though its worse when we were around pretty girls he knew i liked. Then i had no choice but to walk away looking like a tomato. That happened pretty much every summer at his pool. I wish I had the chance to see him again. That day was the last time i ever saw him.. Im much older now, 24 actually, and would love to just sit down at Jade Dragon with him and have a drink and just talk and have a good time. I know with him i always had a good time. Sometime when i come home i plan to run the Boston Marathon for him in the future. I know he would be happy i did. I remember him and my dad always running it and training for it. Im going to make a promise to you Steve, Im gonna beat both your run times haha just you watch Steve i know youll be watching and smiling from up there. I remember when you told me the time you were running the marathon and you was hurting really bad and then you read the back of some guys tshirt that said "Pain is weakness leaving the body, US MARINES" and just seeing that made you push all the harder to make it. Well, im not gonna need that to help me make it cus ill have you running right beside me the entire time. I know this was kinda long, but i just had to get it out. I just want to say Thank you for everything Steve. My Godfather. I'll miss you. I love you. I know you will be watching over me. I wouldnt be the man i am today without you. Thank you.

Leslie Derrig -09.02.2009
To Steve's Family and close friends: Steve's legacy will live forever with the work he had done to protect the watershed and the nature it encompasses. It is never easy to say good bye to a hero of nature, but I am sure the lives of those he protected will live on in his memory.

Carolyn LaMarre -09.03.2009
Having grown up on Greylawn Ave, I have been inspired by his work. God Bless...

Paul Earnshaw -09.04.2009
Dear friends, today we come with a tear in eye, mourning the loss we have endured. For it is our loss! Not Stephen’s. He has left this world, to move on before us the cut clear a path in through the woods in life’s journey. One that each of us will follow at a time not of our choosing. I like to believe, that ones passing is Gods approval, that we have achieved our life’s mission. This mission is unknown to each of us, but hides deep within, for us to figure out. Decisions we make on a daily bases, cause our lives to intertwine with so many people. Steve’s life was intertwined with so many people. Each of us with a different story to tell. One thing in common is the light we found in him. The caring, compassionate soul that would give the shirt off his back for even a stranger. He was one of the most outgoing people I have ever met. Steve would come across one another from our childhood to adulthood. We were only passing acquaintances through those many years. Those of you who new him his entire life are very lucky people. Steve and I really got together only about six years ago. I was never interested in the brook and environment like he was. But his passion was infectious. Before I new it, I was right by his side, not realizing that passion was growing in me too. Those of us, who really got to know Steve, have that passion within each of us also. Therefore his passion will not pass away with him. It will stay here with all of us, to carry on, what he has started. Steve was blessed to have found his purpose early in life. He set the stage for what has become his legacy. How fortunate most people would be to even develop a legacy, he truly was a gifted soul. One I am proud to have known. His legacy is THE BUCKEYE BROOK COALITION. Steve passed the torch of leadership over to me last year. So that he could spend the time with his Mom, Irene. His family was the only thing more important, then the brook. I gladly accepted this job, of furthering the cause he started. I never expected to do this without him. Steve appeared to do it single handily, I assure you there was a large amount of people behind him. Today I ask all to be behind me, to build an army of environmental activist that will continue the tremendous job he started. The Coalition will continue on! Please do not grieve too long; to grieve is to prolong his death. Instead stir the passion that he shared with each of us, and celebrate his life in yours: Each and every day. God Bless you all. We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we find in travels is an honest friend. Robert Lewis Stevenson Paul Earnshaw Buckeye Brook Coalition President

ray and jackie kirk -09.05.2009
we are so sad that you are gone.you were a great friend and always cheered us up.we will miss you so much.our prayers go out to your family.we love ya steve and will miss you terribly.


From Providence Journal - Legacy Guestbook

September 01, 2009
With deep sadness we send this note to all who knew and loved Stephan.He will forever be watching over us all as we travel through lifes journey. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Jamie and Tessie
~ Jamie Mather, Providence, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
Dear Aunt Sis, Sissy,Pat,Danny & Lori,
Our hearts go out to all of you as we remember our cousin Stevie. We have fond memories of the days of cookouts, swimming,laughing with each other under the maple trees at the farmhouse. Take good care of each other at this trying time in your lives...with love your cousins in the country, Jo-Ann,Buddy,Frank,Barbara Rae & Jay
~ Jo-ann, Chepachet, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
I can't believe my good good friend Stevie is gone. My heart & prayers goes out to the Insana family. He will be missed so much. God bless my buddy Steve. Love you Stevie!
~ Kim Moore, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
very sorry for your lost Irene . we will be thinking of you
~ renee, warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
To the Insana family,
I am so sorry to hear of your unfortunate loss. Steve was always a nice guy with a passion for our environment, especially his beloved Buckeye Brook. He will be missed.
Rest well, Steve!
~ Kelly Smith, West Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
~ Tiam (Nungi) Benoit, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
I just saw Steve 2 weeks ago and we had hugs all around and it was great to see him. I've known Steve a long time - back to the days of karate over in Oakland Beach at Don Rodrigues's. He was very talented. I learned a few things from him.
Just a great guy and he asked right away how my parents were doing. They are also saddened with the news.
We're sorry for your loss.
RIP Beaver..
~ Kenny McGrady, Wakefield, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
My prayers goes out to the Insana family. Steve was like a brother to me. I've known him for a long time. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person, everyone loved him. I will always love and miss Steve.
~ Tracy Sherman-Graham, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
The death of someone close to us leaves us shocked with grief. We cannot understand how one minute this person was here and the next they are gone. The truth is that those we love are never truly gone. The body may have run its course, but the soul lives forever. A death in the family leaves a void that cannot be filled. No one can ever take the place of this individual in the world.
I will miss Steve very much,my deepest sympathies to the family.
~ Crystal Benoit, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

September 01, 2009
to the Insana Family,
I'm sorry for your loss. Steve was a wonderful person inside and out. I've known him for years he was also smiling.
~ christine penkala-berry, warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
Whenever I pass Buckeye Brook I will remember how passionately my neighbor and friend Stevie fought to protect this last remaining wilderness in Warwick. The Brook is now a living memorial for this great person. Stevie may be gone but his legacy will live on, just as the waters flow and the Buckeyes run.
~ Brian Browne, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
Dear Mrs. Insana,
My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve the loss of Stephen. No bond is as great as that between a parent and a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
~ Doreen Miga, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
Dear Lori and Family,
I have no words. Please know I am thinking of your family with a heavy heart.
With Love
~ Doreen Miga, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
Dear Mrs. Insana and family,
My deepest condolences to all of you. I haven't seen Stephen or your family in years but I hold fond memories of a great friend and family. My prayers go out to all of you.
~ mark donnelly, fort lauderdale, Florida

September 01, 2009
Mrs. Insana and family I am so sorry for your lost. He had put up a fence for me with his friend Steve Squillante. Now they are together again. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today.
~ Helen Grillo, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
A true environmentalist and avid historian. I will miss his ardent and tireless environmental efforts for the Buckeye Brook Coalition. My condolences to the Insana Family. May his efforts and memory continue with the organization that he helped to create and nuture. M. Peter Holmes (US EPA Boston)
~ M.Peter Holmes, Bourne, Massachusetts

September 01, 2009
I cannot think of, see, or defend Buckeye Brook without also thinking kind thoughts of Steve. This will not end. He may be gone, but his Spirit will always be found along the Brook's shores.
~ Raleigh, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
Patty and Family; My deepest sympathy in your loss of Stephan. I'm sure the strength of his Kindness and Love will always be with you.
~ Russell Yates, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
Mrs. Insana, I am very sorry for your loss, "the Beave" and I were friends in high school and also work together at the Prison. He is a great guy and had a great sense of humor.
HE will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
~ Lisa Santagata-O'Neill, Johnston, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
Steve was in the ACI academy with me back in 1989 and we also took karate together for years in Oakland Beach. Was a great, funny guy. He had a great 360 kick back in the day and wasnt afraid of anybody. RIP Beaver
~ tommy, warwick, Rhode Island

September 01, 2009
My dear Irene and family, I am so sorry to read about Steve's passing. My heart hurts for all of you.You are in my prayers. Much love to everyone.
~ Paula Leach Northup

September 01, 2009
Dear Mrs. Insana and Family
It is with heartfelt sympathy we offer our condolences at the loss of your son and our friend, Steve. My little daughter and I have known Steve for a number of years through our work with the Buckeye Brook Coalition and Greenwich Bay Special Area Plan Project. It brings us great sadness to hear of his passing. Steve was a very special person who touched many peoples’ lives in good ways. His passion for the Brook and enthusiasm for protecting its habitat were infectious. Please know he will always hold a special place in our hearts and our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Sincerely;
Carol and XinLing Fritz
~ Carol Fritz, Stratton, Colorado

September 01, 2009
My Prayers and condolences to the Insana family on the loss of a beloved family member and friend. I have known Steven for 40+ years growing up with him in the Brookwood Neighborhood and all our years at the same schools. You will be sadly missed.
~ Lauren Brynes, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 02, 2009
Very Sorry to hear of our loss of Steve. We grew up in Brookwood and took karate together. He was fun, always walked with that spring in his step. Tommy is right about his back kick too. He will be missed.
~ Cynthia Reid

September 02, 2009
To The Insana Family,
My family would like to express their condolences to you. Steven will be missed by all.
~ The McAloon and McDermott Families

September 02, 2009
Dear Danny, We are very sorry about Steve, our familys go back along time, Steve was always good for a quick laugh. David sends your Mom his love! again very sorry for your loss. The LAGES
~ John Lage, Warwick

September 02, 2009
My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Steve was like a BIG brother to me & My sister back in the day. I remember clearly how at night Steve and some of the other guys would go shellfishing at the end of our road, we use to keep a look out for the D.E.M . We had alot of good laughs..Steve & I just spent some time together a couple of months ago . We sat and chatted about the good ol days.I actually just received an email a couple of weeks ago from Steve how I wish I had called him Steve met my son whom is in a wheelchair for the 1st time, Steve was chatting up a storm with him and saying how he could go to his house anytime because it was wheelchair accessible.My son still hasn't forgot his invitation however now it will never happen. I hope Steve is at peace and no longer hurting. Steve has left a void in this world and will be missed by many. I love you Steve..R.I.P..Beaver
Friends forever..Lisa Russo-Baxter
~ Lisa Baxter, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 02, 2009
So sorry for your lost! He will be dearly missed ,We knew him as (beaver)I can remember going over to see him on Friday nights when he was babysitting for his sister.He was always thinking of others We haven't seen him in many years but always in our prayers and thoughts REST IN PEACE love you Beaver
~ Maureen & Paul (O'Dowd) Matton, Gaffney, South Carolina

September 02, 2009
Dearest Family,
When I heard of Stephan’s passing, I was reminded instantly, of President Obama's eulogy, at Senator Ted Kennedy's funeral. Politics aside, his words are magnanimously relative to the loss of our cherished and beloved friend, affectionately known as, Beaver. I called him “Beava”.
In part, the President stated: "...What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy."
Beava's dedication to the conservation efforts of Buckey Brook was a noble task; too few a man or woman would rise to face this immense challenge. Yet he faced this purposeful project with Herculean passion and pride. In turn, I was proud of him...proud to know him...proud to call him "friend".
Beava resonated love and joy with vigor. My earliest childhood memories recall him as a gentle and caring friend of my Uncle Joey's, with a twinkle in his eye, a tender yet mischievous smile, and always an impish spirit. Beava possessed the admirable qualities of loyalty, kindness, and respect, just to name a few.
Beava seized the opportunity to due his part in making our world a better place to live. Now, he may reflect on his time here, and know that he made a positive impact on the lives of so many others, in the past, presently, and of our future generations. To have one's brief existence on this earth leave such a gracious and significant imprint on the lives of others is the highest of honors. -Well done Stephan.
My heart is heavy; my memories fond, Stephan (Beava) will be deeply missed.
My sincerest sympathies,
Tina M. Christy
~ Tina Christy, Richmond, Rhode Island

September 02, 2009
I will always love you crazy man.
~anonymous

September 02, 2009
he will always be "the world's toughest beaver"
~ jf

September 03, 2009
Thank you, Steve for all you have done to protect our small part of the world.
~ Martha Cruciani, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 03, 2009
Dear Mrs. Insana,
We were so sorry to hear about Beaver. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment we had with him. We will never forget him.
Cindy & Walter Santilli

September 03, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ David Davis, DeBary, Florida

September 03, 2009
Dear Mrs. Insana and Family,
Our thoughts and our prayers will continue to be with you.
~ John Leidecker, Cranston, Rhode Island

September 04, 2009
To the Insana Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find some comfort in knowing the thoughts and prayers of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
~ Deb Montanaro, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 04, 2009
Mrs Insana and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your son and wonderful guy. Steve and I went to school from elementry threw high school.
He will sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
A very good friend of Steve.
~ Lori Holland, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 07, 2009
To all my Uncles friends, and my Family,
I loved my uncle very much and even though we had are diffences he was like a father to me, I still remember growing up he took me every where and showed me alot about life.
He also did the same for my daughter Kaylee(Miss Buckeye Brook), he showed her places on that brook that only her and him know about. He used to tell her that the wind was a great spirit, I guess now he is the wind and will watch over all of us that he knew and loved.
I love you Uncle Steve and I will miss you very much!!!! Joe(little Beava)
~ Joe Insana, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 08, 2009
Mrs. Insana, Danny, and Family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on behalf of my family. The death of a sibling and child has a profound effect on the whole family. We have had a lot of loss in our family in the last 2 years--it's true that your pain and shock will subside with time, but life changes as you know it, so lean on family and friends and talk about the good times. Danny, I knew Steve since elementary school and remember you and my brothers, Paul and Kevin, as friends when I was very young. Although the occasion was sad, it was great to see you at Paul's wake. I'm sorry I could not attend Steve's service, but wanted you all to know you're in our thoughts and prayers.
~ Patricia Mooney--Channell, Warwick, Rhode Island

September 10, 2009
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Insana Family.
~ Pleshette Vonner