Undergrad at Queen’s
Sep 7, 2019 8:58
I have many memories of Steve, and the funny thing is that he is the same in all of them: positive, energetic, totally in the present moment with the people there, smiling, confident, curious, capable, and with a spark of life in his eyes.
I was at Queen's with Steve. We were both in engineering, but we met at the badminton club. I was training for a national competition; Steve had finished his competitive career at this point. He was so much fun to play with, so skilled and effortless! We played many matches that first year. I distinctly remember the time I lost 21-17, the closest I ever got.
In our later years at Queen's, we started playing some tennis and squash too. He took most of our tennis games, with a wicked serve borrowed from his badminton training. I did manage to take him down in squash, though not by much, and I was training many times each week as a member of the Queen's squash team! In all 3 sports, he was a pleasure to play with: a strong competitor but always having fun too.
One day, Steve showed up to a tennis game in Vibram 5-fingers and trying out the Paleo diet. These are things I had never heard of, but they became popular a couple years later. Following his lead, I later had a year almost entirely barefoot and have been eating Paleo for a couple years now!
Steve had plenty of reason to be stressed, or at the least appear tired, with the workload he set out for himself. It still baffles me that he was able to do a dual degree, where one of the degrees was one of the hardest engineering programs, and finish in 4 years instead of the usual 5 for a dual degree. But asked about it, he would only say it was a lot of class! I don't know where he got all his energy, but I never did see him stressed or tired.
Steve was a very special person. He had a kind heart and was an eternal source of optimism. I feel very lucky he was a part of my life.
Queen's, Engineering, Badminton, Tennis, Squash
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