This online memorial was created in loving memory of Steve Roland, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Steve's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Steve forever.
My brother, Steve, passed away April 19, 2008 following a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. He endured three surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy over the course of seven years. Too much, but at the same time, not enough. He was surrounded with his family's love as he took his last breath. A part of me died at that moment as well. Someone once told me that following your last breath on Earth your next breath is that of Heaven's air.
Steve was 32 when he left us, much too young. He loved the outdoors - hunting, golfing, swimming. When we were kids, he would spend the entire summer in the pool. He lived in the water! When he was older and we moved to the lake, he got a Seadoo. You couldn't hardly get him off the lake in the summer and he always had a tan. Steve was always on the go and always ready to have a good time with his buddies. He never met a stranger. He was so outgoing, yet laid back. Everyone wanted to be around him. He was just good at making friends. He loved his job, working for his city's parks and recreation dept. And Steve loved his truck - a green Ford Sport Trac. He was so proud of that truck! He looked good driving it, too!
Steve had a smile that I will never forget. It would light up his whole face. And he was always smiling. He was such a wonderful person. It's not fair that he was taken so soon. When I stop to really think about it, I just lose it. I look at his pictures and it sometimes doesn't seem real. Those eyes sparkle with so much life! How can he not be here anymore?
Steve was so loved by his family and friends. Each and every day he is in our thoughts and missed terribly. I'm not sure how life will go on without him, but I know it will.
I may not know what my future holds, but I do know that I will meet with Steve again someday. I know that he is happy and healthy again, waiting to reunite with his family and friends in Heaven. For now, we reunite in my dreams..
I have lost my only sibling. My friend, my bubbie.
I am so blessed that he was in my life for 28 years. He will always live in my heart.