To the Editor:
I have learned that my friend, Steve Turchik, died near the end of Dec. this last year. He was in his late 80’s but still maintained a zest for life which showed in his Christmas letter and my last visit with him.
He retired after a long career teaching at S. P. High School. His wife, Wilma, who was previously deceased, was a retired teacher and principal with S. P. E. S.D. After Steve retired he studied and learned Spanish which proved to be a real asset for him. He also took up swimming on a regular basis which was great for his health.
He was a Charter Member of the Santa Paula Optimist Club and a Life Member of Optimist International. He was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus in Santa Paula and a Past Grand Knight. He was also a member of the Santa Paula Odd Fellows.
He was an avid stamp collector most of his life and a long-time member of the Ventura Co. Philatelic Soc. He collected worldwide, but specialized in Swiss stamps and covers. He exhibited at many national shows and won many awards.
As he aged and stopped driving he had a group of faithful caretakers (Anna, Jessica, and Luis) who would take him to McDonalds for a little breakfast where he would enjoy his friends. One of them would take him to lunch at the Senior Center where there were more of his friends. He also loved to go to the garage sales on Sat. in town. A lot of the things he bargained for and bought, he gave to his friends.
Steve stayed involved and supported different groups if not physically then through his generosity. He also helped the groups by keeping up his membership. He encouraged me and others to get involved and support the organizations in town. Steve, Rest in Peace; I will keep you in my prayers.