- Be Passionate: Steve was a passionate man. He loved crocs, he love his country and he love his kids. I want my son to live life passionately to commit to something and to see it through in his life.
- Be compassionate: Steve was accussed by some as being an animal molester. I think that at times he was over the top but you couldn’t help but be moved by his compassion for many animals on the endangered list. He showed his compassion not just by what he said but in the way that he spent his money. This was the ultimate test of whether he was fair dinkum or not.
- Not perfect: Steve wasn’t perfect. He was a good bloke with a big mouth. Someone who talks so much was bound to make mistakes. He was enthusiastic this was bound to take him over the top. But, remember the baby Bob episode, Steve was wrong and silly but he is also forgiveable. None of us lives life so perfectly that we never need to ask for forgiveness at some time. I would much rather that my son has a go than sits on his bum all his life and never ventures outside a very narrow safe world. This will mean that he will make mistakes and choose options that I would prefer that he didn’t. I hope I can say good on you and he can know that no matter what he does there is a dad who sees him as loveable no matter what he does.
Thank you Steve for being a part of my son’s life even though you never knew him. He knows you and goes to bed with a croc every night. He wears a rubber snake around his neck during the day and most of all he gets excited about these things. You have taught my son some very valuable lessons.