To all of those who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Mr. R. Stein: I only came across Mr. Stein's obits after reading something that mentioned a "Rick Stein." So...I "Googled" the name. Got a British TV presenter, and decided that perhaps that was not the correct "Rick." So...I tried the search again and added the term "America." THAT is where I happened upon the handsome picture displayed here in this obit. I would have NEVER left not ONE comment, save I have NEVER...in my ENTIRE life...EVER read an obit--that--before even arriving to the "punchline" I was smiling from ear-to-ear! This was greater than finding out that "Princess Leia" had been "strangled by her bra."-->ANYWAY! Um, I just wanted to say that, if I could have been so blessed in the passing of a gentleman, how much more were his countless friends, family, loved ones, colleagues, and other passersby on the Stein Train...how much more were YOU ALL blessed...DAILY with actually being IN his life? Sometimes the LORD GOD creates such people that--even upon them no longer being with us--plant such seeds of merriment and joy, that--upon their moving on in their journey--leave us with the blossoms and blooms--fruit borne from their souls...now deposited and left in ours! Like when a man plants a fruit tree or two in his backyard, and then--decades later--new families occupy the house--and for decades to come the entire neighborhood is blessed by the bounty of good fruit left behind by that one "Johnny Appleseed!" AGAIN--I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Rick Stein, and, to wit, I have NO CLUE if the is--indeed--the gentleman mentioned in the story that brought me here in the first place. One thing that I DO KNOW--however--is that I haven't smiled that hard, and for THAT LONG (thanks to this obitu-RARE-ry!!!) in AGES! I assume...that perhaps--THIS Mr. Stein must have infused such good humor and good tidings into those left behind to write such a JOYOUS obit! I say what a legacy of a man! To have never met him, yet be joyful that he existed! And it only took a matter of minutes! I am sorry for your "loss" of this rare gem formed by the Almighty GOD--but I marvel at what a gain and a boon to the LORD GOD's little planet Mr. Stein seemed to apparently be! Only a truly rare and MARVELOUS gemstone could carve out such a sentiment as expressed by those left behind and tasked to construct a last words--of such--on someone so much larger and so much greater than life itself! IDK--thanks for that! And I'm happy to still be smiling! Again, to ALL of those who knew Mr. Stein--I am TRULY sorry for your loss, but GOD BLESS YOU for having known someone who--even when "no longer with us" can bring such GENUINE and GREAT smiles to so many...even a COMPLETE and TOTAL stranger...like me! THANKS! AND may GOD sustain you and bless you ALL with continued joy in the memories of your loved one--Mr. Rick Stein! With Love--A. Nancy Noebaahdhi (or "random person from "Hot 'Lanta..." whichever you chose to believe!) *Hugs and smiles to you all, with warm love meant and intended!
P.S. They asked for the relationship had. I wanted to put "Stranger" but I put "Student" as I learned to live life in a way that makes others smile when you're no longer present with them. So...I learned from this great teaching!