Stephen John Nuwer, age 33, passed away on January 8. Stephen is survived by his parents, Beverly and Marc, siblings Jamie (Renée), Charles (Samantha), Catherine, nephew Charles, niece Elyse, and close family friend Letty Garcia. He is survived by many beloved uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents (Donald and Arlene Nuwer, and Harold and JoAnn Jones) as well as his aunt Janice Carl, uncle Jeff Stievater and cousin Pete Konstantinides.
Stephen, known as Steve, grew up in Pacific Palisades. He had a creative spirit and a natural flair for the arts; in his youth, he acted in several Theatre Palisades productions (including co-starring in “Oklahoma!” as Jud Fry). As an adult, he worked on set as a grip and a gaffer. His hobbies included writing, photography and studying technical arts. He was a true cinephile at heart, and often spent hours discussing his favorite movies.
In his youth, Steve loved going on outdoor adventures with his Boy Scout program, in which he earned an Eagle Scout rank. He also enjoyed going on family trips to Sequoia National Park, where he fed peanuts to blue jays, played on giant fallen trees and hiked through the woods. Steve treasured his vacations to the Nuwer family cottage in Canada. There he played with his relatives, swimming and pretending to be king of the raft, and making s’mores and telling stories at bonfires. He also loved spending time with family at Granny’s house in Pasadena.
Steve enjoyed traveling and lived in many different places. He especially cherished his trip to Hawaii with his dad and going on Disneyland trips with his mom. He was also an experienced runner, and participated in the LA marathon in 2015, completing 26.2 miles. Steve bonded with his best friend Hassan over working in film, and the two spent much of their time together writing and editing scripts. Together they volunteered for social causes like feeding the homeless.
Steve had a loving, sensitive and sweet soul; he cared deeply about others, and was very loyal and protective of his family and friends. He could tell stories for hours, and loved having deep conversations and connecting with others. We’ll remember him by his contagious laugh and how he found a sense of humor in everything. Although he faced many obstacles and challenges in his life, he had a sense of bravery and courage that inspired the people around him. We will miss him dearly and wish him peace. Thank you to all of you who touched his life.
Due to the pandemic, we are only able to host a small private service. If you would like to honor Steve with a donation, you can donate to Feed The Streets, a nonprofit organization that Steve volunteered with and that was important to him. For donations, please send them via Venmo to @ftsla or send checks to 3599 Wesley St., Culver City, CA 90232 (please make checks out to Feed Our Streets).
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