Published: May 14, 1982
"Stephen Seley, an American novelist, died of a heart attack last Saturday in Ibiza, Spain, where he had lived since 1957.
He was 67 years old.
Mr. Seley, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in South Orange, N.J., and Newark, wrote ''The Cradle Will Fall,'' published by Harcourt, Brace & Company in 1945; ''Baxter Bernstein: A Hero of Sorts,'' published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1949, and ''The End of Mercy,'' published by De Bezige Bij of Amsterdam in 1969.
Surviving is a brother, Jason, a sculptor and dean of Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning._________________________________ End of obit.
|God holding court at Bar Estrel|
When I arrived on the island in 1972, the locals immediately named me, Steve Tecero.
|Steve II Ericsson|
My father was a painter and between Steve, the writer and Steve, the painter, there was plenty of trouble to get into. They'd met in 1960 when my father was working on a ship that had docked in the harbor. Seley got my father so drunk that he showed up on the docks to ship out 2 days late, and the only thing he found were his bags sitting on the dock.
|Steve II 1980|
My father's moniker for Seley was 'God'. Did you see God today? he'd ask me. What did God have to say about you're antics last night in the disco?... shame shame.
Seley's nickname for my father was The Nurse, because he'd nursed Seley back to life on several occasions from his renowned binges. Seley had returned the favor when my father ran away from his wife, The Warden,, which happened so regularly, that he finally rented an apartment across the street from Seley.
|L- Seley & 3rd from L- Ericss|
My father died suddenly in Jan. of 1981, of a stroke in his sleep. Seley was inconsolable. He'd lost his best friend, drinking buddy, partner in crime and nurse. He died the following year. I will forever treasure my memories of these two cracking private jokes at the Estrella and stumbling home drunk, holding each other up. I sure hope that there's a well-stocked bar in Heaven...
RIP Steves I & II, Love, Steve III