Remembering a man with passion
Fittingly, as it would have been his 50th birthday, family, environmentalists and officials gathered Sunday at a site near Buckeye Brook and Warwick Avenue to unveil a memorial for the late Stephan Insana. Insana founded the Buckeye Brook Coalition and is credited with heightening awareness of the brook’s spring herring run and threats posed to it including, deicing fluid used on aircraft at Green Airport. Paul Earnshaw, president of the coalition who created the memorial, spoke of Insana’s passion for the brook and its environment and how this single man made such a difference. Former director of the Department of Environmental Management Jan Reitsma, said, “It’s Steve, and people like Steve, who keep us on track.” He said Steve could be a pain in the butt, “but that’s what we needed.” Reitsma said it was understood because Steve “had a real love for the environment.” Above, Father Robert Marciano, pastor of St. Kevin Church, blesses the memorial; at right, Domingo “Talldog” Monroe speaks about his friend; and at left, Dan Insana thanks those who gathered to remember his brother’s work.