Jim Wagner reports the sad news that the gentleman known to us only as Steve, the owner of OK Liquors in Park Mall, Linda Mar, died of a heart attack on November 18. When Steve was stricken at his store, paramedics came and rushed him to the hospital, but it was too late. He was gone.
I had bought lottery tickets from Steve over the years and always had pleasant conversations with him. We usually talked about things at Park Mall, particularly the bad actors who vandalized and shoplifted from his store. I mentioned these incidents in my Pacifica Tribune column, and Steve always thanked me for trying to help him. He always mentioned my column whenever I saw him.
Jeff Bagshaw, who had known Steve since the store opened in 1984, says that Steve's wife returned to Korea about five years ago. Steve's sister has been helping run the store since then. Still no news about whether the business will remain open.
Farewell, Steve, rest in peace. Your customers and friends miss you.
John Maybury, Editor & Publisher