Steve founded the Canning & Clyde Road Residents Association in 1979.
He worked hard for the local community and spoke out when he felt Councillors or Council Officers were not representing the views of the majority of residents. In order to make a point about the negative impact of tribal party politics on local democracy, he twice stood as an independent candidate in local elections 'Supporting Addiscombe, not party politics'.
Steve was a familiar figure walking up and down Canning and Clyde Roads. He was friendly and approachable. A great egalitarian, he was open minded about all sorts of people with the exception of those paid by the public purse who did not meet expectations.
Steve spear-headed the mammoth task of producing the two Books of Addiscombe, motivating and gathering together a large number of contributors with his infectious enthusiasm. A great achievement was reuniting two cousins who had not seen each other for decades.
Steve was an inspirational figure for a range of people: IT people who worked with him, local musicians he promoted and individuals who came into contact with him.
The Indian Bean Tree on the triangle of grass in front of the Professors' Houses between Canning & Clyde Roads was planted in Steve's memory.