‘Will you be my wife?’ You never emerged from the water to hear my answer. ‘Yes! A million times, yes!’: Man tragically drowns while proposing, ‘please love each other hard, while you can’

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“There are no words adequate enough to honor the beautiful soul that is Steven Weber, Jr.

You were a bright light to everyone you encountered. You never met a stranger, and you brought so much joy to so many people. You were kind, compassionate. You regularly made me cry with laughter, and you showered me with a love like I’d never experienced.

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You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer to your proposal. ‘Yes! Yes! A million times, yes! I will marry you!!’ We never got to embrace and celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together, as the best day of our lives turned into the worst, in the cruelest twist of fate imaginable. You drowned.

I will try to take solace in the fact that we enjoyed the most amazing bucket list experiences these past few days, and that we both were so happy and absolutely giddy with excitement in our final moments together.

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Just a couple days before you died, you said to me, ‘I’ve seen a few cancer patients on this trip, and it dawned on me that this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing that people want to experience before they die. And, here we are, in the prime of our lives doing this. We are so blessed.’

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Yes, we were. My perfect love, my angel, my soul. Yes, we were. And I will carry the blessing of the love we shared with me forever. I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next…

I love you so much, and I always will.

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Please pray for all the family and friends that loved him so much. Please love each other while you can, as hard as you can. I know that wherever in the universe Steven’s spirit now resides, that is exactly what he’s doing: giving love and spreading joy and laughter. And, knowing him, he’ll always be quick with an off-color joke. He’s probably entertaining someone with a story about how he royally screwed up that proposal and died while being extra.

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Rest well, my sweet baby! Always know that you are forever loved!”

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