September 28, 1951 ~ March 27, 2010
VIOS, Steven 1951 - 2010
Steve passed away March 27 peacefully but suddenly with the love of his life Paula at his side. He was 58. Born in Hawaii to parents Conrad and Nora, he resided in the city of Torrance, Ca. for more than 30 years. Everyone knew Steve by his beautiful distinctive voice, wide smile and hearty laugh. He had a passion and a gift for working with anything mechanical. He built and raced drag racing cars at a young age ("The Big Kahuna") and went on to become a Master Mechanic and professional restorer of classic sports cars for Len Cormier, Vasek Polak, and sports celebrities. He won numerous awards for his restorations and was featured in multiple racing publications. When he elected to put down the tools professionally, Steve's expertise was in great demand and he was retained as the "in house" professional witness for a large auto insurance firm. A gifted craftsman, he excelled not only in auto mechanics, but also engineering and creating anything of beauty with his hands. He constantly had projects underway. Most recently he loved working on home improvement projects always using innovative designs and products to achieve beautiful results.
Steve loved people and loved helping people. He would help anybody that called or came by needing help with their projects. He would give them tools and instructions but then would often complete the projects for them. When Paula became interested in collectible Dept. 56 porcelain houses, Steve applied his craftsmanship to that hobby and won numerous display contests including the National Championship. He so much enjoyed visiting and talking with friends, neighbors and anyone he encountered in his daily life. Once you met Steve, you thought you had known him forever. He had a generous spirit and loved to buy presents for friends whenever he saw something he thought they would like or thought that they needed. He also loved to cook and barbeque. We will all miss the teriyaki shishkabob feasts. He was such a special person who spent many years as a caring and nurturing caregiver to Paula's parents. After Paula's parents passed away, Steve devoted himself fully to taking care of Paula. She was his princess and he would do everything in his power to care for her and make her dreams come true.
Steve truly lived the life of work hard - play hard and together with Paula they spent many years traveling and discovering new and interesting things. Their latest favorite pastime was following NASCAR racing around the country, endulging in their shared love of driving, music and quirky diners. He is survived by his parents, Conrad & Nora, his soulmate Paula Karr, siblings: Conrad Jr., Cecily, Norward, Stuart and Geoff, along with spouses, nephews and nieces. "Steve will be remembered as a shining example of unselfish generosity and will be loved by all, greatly missed and held in our hearts forever." The memory of his voice and smile will forever lift our souls.
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