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To our new Aspen friends

Dear Editor:It has indeed been a sad time for us. Preparing for the trip and traveling west to Steve’s memorial service in Telluride was difficult. We would like to thank you, the Telluride community and Steve’s friends, for opening your hearts to us. We have never felt so welcome. Thank you to those who sent flowers and meals to Heidi, Kailee and Caroline, and to those who took such good care of Amy. Thank you to all of Steve’s friends from Aspen and all over the country who made the journey to Telluride to meet us and pay their respects.Thank you to all of those who helped plan, and of course to all who attended Steve’s memorial service. What a day that was: the blue sky, the thrilling fly-bys, the brilliant moon, the tributes that rang so true and, of course, the release of the owl whose newfound freedom gives us all hope. We truly felt that Steve was right there with us that afternoon. It was just as he would have wanted it, a fitting and beautiful tribute to his life. We are comforted by your love and support, and we are so proud and happy to know that Steve had so many dear friends who loved him. We now finally understand why Steve chose to live his life in Telluride, a beautiful place, a place where he was surrounded by such wonderful people, such special friends. Thank you for making this difficult time easier.Joan, Marty and GerardSteve Butts’ New England family


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