Jon Paul Steuer got away with things most people could never get away with. From over-the-top showmanship in his bands No Policy, The Soda Pop Kids and P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S, and sartorial flair in a sea of black leather, to opening the city’s best vegan restaurant, Harvest at the Bindery, on a strip of Sandy Boulevard mostly known for Fantasy Video. He had an infectious smile and mischievous gleam in his eye, and a certain knack for making whomever he was talking to feel really good about themselves. Too many people are posting that they lost their best friend, and there is truth in every one.
He was always the life of the party, which is making his sudden and tragic death even harder for everyone to accept. He seemed invincible, and for many of us, knowing he is not going to be here anymore is unreal. His death caught us all by surprise. As a thirty-three year old business and home owner, Jonny was planning to conquer the world, and was not prepared for this. His friends were not prepared either, and many are scrambling to get to Portland on very short notice from all over the world. Please pitch what you can so he gets a proper send off that is not financially devastating for friends and family. Funerals are expensive.
Also, please know there are resources available if you are ever feeling like it is too much to go on. The outpouring of love for Jonny is so powerful it is almost unbearable. Know that you are loved too.
Bop it up.