I’ve lost my husband, my best friend, my playmate, my travel partner…my… well, my everything.
I can’t begin to describe the loss of the love of my life, but I have some comfort in knowing that we were mad for each other – we loved, adored, and cared for each other from the very first week we met.
I Have a Boat…
“I have a boat” those were just about the first words Steve said to me. We were on a ski club trip and heading from the Calgary airport to Banff, and he was listening in on my chitchat with my girlfriend about a guy I dated who had a sailboat. Steve loved to say that without that boat, we’d never have gotten together. I don’t know about that, because if it wasn’t love at first sight for us, it was the closest you can get to it.
The next day on our first ski lift ride up the mountain we talked about what we wanted in a relationship and by the end of the week we were inseparable.
I’ll never forget that kiss out in the middle of frozen Lake Louise and just about melting a hole right through that ice.
If you ever want a sure fire recipe for romance, head up to Lake Louise and Banff Hot Springs in the snow!
When we got back, we had to break into his house…that was a little suspicious (was this really his house?)
But the next day I met Jim and Roger who were staying there, and I found out that he really did have a sailboat, and a beautiful one at that!
We made a lot of wonderful memories for the 30 years we had that boat.
A couple of months after we met, I took Steve up to the Sacramento Jazz Festival to meet mama and dad.
Dad told me he liked him – he’s never said that about a guy I dated before! – and I said “Good, because that’s the man I’m going to marry!”
Yep, I knew.
It took four more years – but we did the deed in one of our favorite happy places – Catalina Island – and we honeymooned on our boat.
We did everything together! We worked together, played together and traveled all over together.
We had wonderful adventures together.
At every anniversary, and countless times in between, I always told him that he was the best man I’ve ever known and these years were the happiest years of my life.
Stephen Rosenbaum, (69 years old) died on June 30, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Steve was an inspiration in the way he tackled his illness, aggressively fighting with a sense of purpose the same we he did anything – with passion, drive and determination.
An MBA and a CPA, Stephen was an entrepreneur, creative thinker, and risk taker who started and sold several successful businesses. He was the founder of OfficeMate Software, Inc. and was the chief designer, technology officer and product manager of the OfficeMate® Software system from 1981 to 1997.
For years, Stephen provided his expertise in EyeCare software systems as a consultant to OfficeMate®. His contributions as a subject matter expert were working with the design, development, quality assurance and support teams, providing training and technical support for clients, as well as designing and writing specifications for many of the financial areas of the software.
He was a trusted CEO who led other developing businesses on to success. He traveled extensively, read widely, and enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life, making him a spirited conversationalist as a man knowledgeable in all the issues of our time. Stephen retired at an early age but wasn’t done with work and started eyeReports, another small business that he loved, still creating and working up until the last weeks.
Stephen will be remembered as a man of many loves. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved his work. He loved to travel with Rebecca, his wife of 30 years. He loved the outdoors, nature and sailing on his boat, and he loved playing softball. Most importantly he loved his family.
He is survived by the love of his life and dear wife Rebecca [Snyder]; his two sons Eric and Bryan, his sister Marci and her husband Ed Buffington, who was his friend and business partner, and their children Scott and Brandi [Goldsberry], Chad, Brett and Emily [Crick], Katie and Austin Hughes, and the little ones, his great nieces and nephews Ellie, Sam, Wyatt, and Kelly.
He was a loved and true friend, nothing will ease the pain of losing Stephen at such an early age.
May his memory be a blessing to all of us.