Stephen Shev (8/17/43 – 9/19/14), shown above (right) with his brother, Jeff, passed away at age 71. His widow, Nancy, writes:
“Stephen loved Meher Baba so much. He talked about Him all the time and to anyone who would listen. Anything that reminded him about Baba he would pay attention to — poetry, music, stories — and anyone.
“Stephen drew a cartoon strip since he was 15 years old. He told me it was about the spiritual journey of the aspirant. His characters were called Quirbs and they had no clothes, representing their innocence and nakedness before God. He had so much depth, humor and compassion for those on the journey and certainly expressed that in his cartoon strip.
“He also expressed that in the music that he played, always for Baba, he said. When he was younger and played his balalaika in the Russian nightclubs, he told me he always played to Baba in his audience’s hearts even through they may never have heard of Him.
“He was everything to me, my husband, brother, father and friend. He was my best friend and I miss him so much already. I am happy for him, though, and glad he didn’t suffer when he went. Baba took him so gracefully.
“I could go on and on, but I think that is enough for now. Thanks for your loving feelings and thoughts.
In Baba’s Great Love,
And from the Bhau Chat-wallas: “Wise Shev was our dedicated Chat Transcript-walla for so many years — faithfully and quietly collecting the transcripts and sending them out each week.”
Below is an example of a cartoon Stephen drew for Kendra Crossen: