A personal memorial day for my brother, Steve Barr – 12/15/54-1/3/05

Loved, Loved, LOVED my brother from the moment he was born, when I appointed myself his lifelong protector. Never was there a sweeter, more ingenuous human being, most likely due to my influence :).  He succumbed to complications of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in the Emergency Room of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His wife, Merle, said he died with a beautiful smile on his face. What a wonderful gift that I can remember each January 3rd.

A few pictures from his life………….

January 1956, 13 mos old

Summer 1957

Steve and I, Summer 1958

1962, picture taken the night prior to cosmetic surgery to have his ears pinned back. Kids teased him, called him Dumbo.

1963 – Ears look great!  Now we have to do something about his protruding teeth, another source of embarrassment to him, and why he often wouldn’t smile in pictures.

1968.  At last, braces and a big smile!

Summer 1969

High school graduation photo, 1972

Summer 1983
July 2003 Steve and wife, Merle.  Such a sweet picture, one of my favorites.
December 2004 His 50th birthday party. Two weeks prior to his passing.
Bullwinkle J. Moose

Steve did a spot-on Bullwinkle impression and often performed entire Bullwinkle routines.  When he was 10 yrs old or so, he was thin as a stick, and I would fall on the floor laughing when he would march across the room, kicking his skinny little legs out like a Rockette, doing it Bullwinkle-style.  You know…… like this:

Steve, I love you.  Just remember this – “Wee willie winkie!”

I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse into his life and mine.

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