He Made a Joyful Noise
by Joann Damone
It's only been a month and a half. Steve Graves, 64, died on 9-11-10. what a joy he was. He loved life so much that he refused a DNR. In 2007 we found out he had stage 1v Throat Cancer. He was an incredible singer, yet he chose a Laryngectomy. He fought for almost 3 yrs. He fought almost all his life.
He was a Marine in Vietnam, wounded, 2 purple Hearts, and a Medal of Valor. He was in 7 Hospitals before he came home. My grief is palpable. We loved, laughed, bickered and cried for 10 years. On 9-11 at 4:41 I had to make the decision at Miami Veterans Hospital to end his suffering. I held his hand till he was gone.
He was loved by many; He was the party, everyone just loved to be around him. Not only was he a great singer, he was super talented lead guitar player. On Nov 13th and 14th we are having a party to celebrate his life and Veterans Day. So appropriate for a great man. He had so many friends from New Hampshire to California.
There will Be a void that can never be filled and nothing will ever be the same. I will miss you Steve all the days of my life and love you till the day that I die,,,,,