Manzanita lost a friend and long-time part-time resident on July 10, 2016. Steve Greenberg was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 14, 1945. A frequent fixture at Manzanita News & Espresso, he loved coffee, a bagel and visiting with friends. Most of his adult life was spent in Portland, where he had a long career at Moss-Adams Accounting.
Steve graduated from NYU and held an MBA from the University of Portland. A naval aviator during the Vietnam War, he flew over 125 sorties in an A6 jet from the USS Ranger.
He met and married Cathi Howell in 1985. Cathi and Steve spent as much time as they could at their two successive beach homes in Manzanita, where they were among a handful of bathers at the first (and now well-known) Polar Plunge. Steve enjoyed kayaking and fishing in the Nehalem estuary, and was a military history buff, often telling friends that one of his biggest regrets was being born too late to serve in WWII. Later in life Steve became an artist, as well as a skilled collector of oral histories, interviewing and recording the experiences of 90 vets. He shared a special gift for bringing these stories to life, leaving those locals lucky enough to have met with him CD’s of their recounted life experiences that will be cherished by their families for decades to come. Besides loving films, travel, Ashland’s Shakespeare Festival, a good political discussion and all things bicycle, Steve was a glider pilot, skier, golfer, hiker and backpacker. Interested in people, he made friends wherever he went.
With the love of his family and friends, and by his own extraordinary grace and acceptance, Steve survived cancer far longer than his doctors had forecast. He is survived by his wife, Cathi, sister, Ann Greenberg Small of New Jersey, first wife, Jacqueline Loree, three children, David and Jonathan Greenberg & Hadley Howell Van Vactor, five grandchildren, and an extended blended family.
A memorial gathering will be held at Manzanita’s Pine Grove Community Center from 1-5 pm Saturday, October 1st. Donations in Steve Greenberg’s name may be made to the I Have a Dream Foundation (www.dreamoregon.com) or Rosemary Anderson High School (www.portlandoic.org.)