Remembering Steve Smith
The Tiny Homes and Development teams lost a valued member this week. Steve Smith passed away unexpectedly on September 7, 2021.
Steve was an early member of the Tiny Homes committee and joined the Development Committee earlier this year. His humble, quiet presence led many to underestimate his value to our committees. He brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to REACH Advocacy that will be difficult to replace with any one person. What follows are reflections of those who worked with him.
I had the wonderful opportunity to work along with Steve on the Tiny Home committee. His quiet and thoughtful approach to issues was highly valued by myself and the team. He was an integral part of the committee, his engagement with community organizations, and his real estate knowledge helped move the Tiny Home mission forward. Along the way, he became a friend. I will miss him.
What sad news. Steve was a member of the development committee as well and was a great contributor.
How sad. I did not know Steve well, but he seemed to be such a nice, gentle man. I am sure the Tiny Homes Committee will feel his loss.
We’ve lost a true, devoted, and humble friend who listed his skills set on behalf of REACH Advocacy as including property management, real estate finance, organizational skills, and advocacy. On behalf of the Tiny Home Committee, he provided practical advice about insurance, visited Second Wind Cottages in Ithaca, pursued the lengthy process of environmental surveys, attended a gentrification conference, and met on multiple occasions with the City Housing and Zoning departments, architects, and developers. He covered a lot of bases and was a valuable behind-the scenes-player.
I am very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Such a wonderful man who did so much for REACH. He will be greatly missed.
I had only just gotten to know Steve this last year through our work on the Tiny Home and Development Committees. He was a dedicated, intelligent, kind, caring person. I am very saddened to hear of his passing.
Steve was dedicated and a major team player.
I will always remember Steve as such a quiet presence at meetings. Yet Steve always volunteered to step up and make contacts and get the information we needed to move us forward.
Steve was a caring, perceptive, and very reliable and capable member of the Tiny Home committee. This is a great loss to the committee and he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, who are feeling his loss infinitely more intensely!
I first met Steve as we were interviewing him before he joined the Tiny Home Committee. I was struck by the extent of his experience and knowledge of project management and thought that he would be an asset to the team. He joined the team and played an important role in getting us to this point in our dream of a Tiny Home Village.
Thank you, Steve. Job well done. You will be missed. Now Rest In Peace, friend.