Stephen Leonard Willemet
Aspen CO, Colorado
The Little Nell family and this beautiful valley lost a friend and a gentle soul this past week.
Stephen Leonard Willemet came to this valley four years ago and worked both at the Hotel Jerome and at The Little Nell, where he was director of finance. He was born in New Orleans in 1953 and married Patsy Sasnett 30 years ago. He is survived by Patsy, his daughters, Jennifer and Alicia, a son, Jonathan Logan, as well as his brother, James.
The very definition of the word “gentleman,” Steve visited this place, made it his happy home and then left in a departure that was all too premature. While here, Steve gathered many friends, extended his heart and became a part of the lives of everyone he touched. Steve left, as a gift, the example of a fine way to live a life and a Southern charm that reminds us of the way life was lived in a more genteel era.
We will miss his quiet ways, we will miss his manners, we will miss the gentleman who enriched our days.
We are all a lot richer for having known him and so much sadder for having lost him.
He was a man whose life’s work was counting and tallying. He probably would have been surprised at the number of people who held him dear and counted him as one of the reasons they were better people.
There will be a New Orleans-style celebration of Steve’s life atop Aspen Mountain on Tuesday. The gondola will begin running at 4:30 p.m, and there will be no charge for the ride. Services on the Wedding Deck will begin at 5:15 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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