This was just posted on FaceBook: It is with a heavy heart I am posting that Monday our family will be removing care and the ventilator from Steve. We are taking advice from several doctors on his team. Steve’s wishes were not be on a ventilator if there was no hope of recovery and breathing on his own. He’s been denied for a lung transplant at two other hospitals. Having previous cancer did not help. His lungs can not absorb enough oxygen to sustain him. Please pray for our family. We are heartbroken. Our last hope is a true Easter miracle. Please especially pray for my mother. No one should have to bury their child. I will post service information once we know what’s going on. I would personally like to thank everyone for the prayers and stories about my wonderful brother. Kelly Sue Mcfadden and the Smith family.
My brother Steve Smith passed peacefully today surrounded by love. We will be posting information about services as soon as things are finalized. Thank you so very much for all your prayer and support. He’s with our heavenly father and at peace. ????????
RIP Steve! I may not understand God's timing but I do understand that he has a plan for each of us. God Called our Brother home, let us take comfort that our friend is now at peace and he will suffer no more. My sincere condolences are with all of his family and close friends.
Lord please soften the string of this with Steve's family and give them courage as they are about go through the grieving process. Please help them especially the mother to stand up under this grief with the loss of her son when the time comes. We ask you to comfort Steve as well with all his family and friends. We morn with Steve's family. Father watch over us all we are in difficult times but you are faithful to us and give us peace over all the grief we go through each day seeing our friends and family's leave and then having to endure sickness many of us. Help us all please, Lord. Thank you for hearing the thoughts and prayers of many.
In the name of Jesus our father we ask and pray all things while we look to you Lord.
Steve was not scared to say what he was thinking and was a positive influence on Traditional Archery. Always enjoyed his postings on the Bear site on FB and some of our minor correspondence, but will always remember his absolutely beautiful four color strings he made under his net name of Bearbowman. His strings were works of art and I will treasure mine. He was a good friend of another who passed a few back, Steve Catt's, from West Virginia. Steve Smith was a real contributor to traditional archery, had a great attitude towards life, enjoyed hunting and fishing, was a good family man, and a fine person. May he Rest in Peace.
Steve allowed me to be his friend for probably 25 years. We shared many campfires together. He taught me how to make a bowstring. When our son passed he came from W.Va. to the funeral. As Babblingbob said, he did not mix words. If you had a piece of crap string on your bow, he told you so.
One time we were at the Eastern Ohio Rendezvous, sitting around a fire and there was a young man whom we didn't know well sitting with us. I was wearing jeans and my prosthetic leg came loose. I just shook it out of my pant leg onto the ground. The kid could not get out of there fast enough and Steve literally fell off his chair laughing.
He was a heck of a good man, and did a great job of raising his son Ethan as a single parent. To his family, my condolences.
Steve...keep the wind in your face and carry a light load on your journey. Already missing you brother.
My sincere condolences to Steve’s family and Thanks to Steve for his webpage on all his string colors he played around with .I made many strings over the years because I liked how he made colors match a bow. Steve Thank you for your contribution towards the sport of Traditional archery. You will be missed by so many here and those especially close to you. Rest in eternal peace ..... Keefers <‘)))><
Gosh seems like I've known Steve since forever. He started showing up at the Seneca Archers shoots in the late '90's. I used to have several Bear bows and a couple Wings I bought from Steve, but they've all moved on.
I do still own two bows thanks to Steve. After starting to sell my Bears, I was at a shoot and Steve, knowing I was getting into Howatt's, said "Hey Jim did you see that short, white-glass lefty Howatt on e-Bay?" I said "Yeah, not sure what it is but I will probably throw a bid in." Steve replied "You better buy it, you'll NEVER see another one like it!" So I manually sniped it a day or two later, and he was right, I have never seen another Howatt "Speedy Diablo" hybrid (as I call it).
The other bow I have that Steve was responsible for was this osage selfbow in this picture made by the late Mike Churney, who was left-handed. After Mike passed, Steve got it from Mikes parents, shot this buck with it right-handed, then next year at our shoot convinced me I couldn't live without it LOL. I need to shoot a deer with it now for Steve.