I first met Stephen back in 2014 when I started working, I reported to him as my manager for about 4 years. In that time, has guided and supported me and my career and ensured that I was exposed to the right opportunities that would consistently improve my skills and abilities. He indirectly mentored me, and taught me to believe in myself. My career wouldn’t have taken off as well as it did if it wasn’t for him, and many others would certainly agree and would’ve had the same expeience of him. Him and I used to go for coffee breaks at work where we’d chat about our careers and random things, and on one occasion he said to me: “Imagine if we became specialists in what we’re doing.”. Who knew that we’d both achieve this just a few years later.
As a manager and personally, Stephen was always very kind and supportive, he was a great leader, he was understanding and a good listener, he was able to see potential in people and help them bring it out. He had a great sense of humour, he was intelligent and had a passion for art, for life and his job. I’ll miss the chats we used to have, the random jokes we used to share, his mentorship and his warm friendship. Stephen was adored by many people and he will be missed dearly. We’re all truly blessed and fortunate to have had him in our lives.
My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones, I can’t begin to imagine the pain you’re going through. I wish you all the strength and support you need in this tough time.
Until next time, rest well Stephen.