We began working with Steve at Steve-O-Reno's soon after starting our roasting business and quickly became close. He was a very kind and genuine person, who really listened and was interested in peoples’ lives. Some of my best memories with him were during our informal meetings, which would often be outdoors, a ‘board meeting’ surfing at Lawrencetown Beach, or walking the dog at Point Pleasant Park or on forest trails. He also took the time to come up for an occasional visit to our place, hours away from home to see how the kids were doing and have a visit. Our conversations sometimes went on for hours, as we swapped stories of our pasts and contemplated the big picture and meditative traditions.
Steve had a big part in getting our business off the ground. Along with his wife Rita, daughter Melissa, and son Erik, their well-established family business took a big risk to help our fledgling family business by taking us on as their coffee roaster, when we had almost no track record. Steve gave us continuous feedback based on his decades of experience in the café business and helped us fine-tune the coffees. Steve-O-Reno's gave us the chance we needed to prove ourselves and got the word out about our little roasting company.
Although we miss his big heart already, we feel grateful to have known Steve and to have shared in a small part of his life experience.
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