For the days leading up to Father’s Day, we’ve asked our residents and families to share stories, pictures, and favorite memories of their dads, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers who live in our communities. We’ll be sharing them here on our website and on our social media channels in a series we’re calling: Oakmont’s Fantastic Fathers!

Doug wrote in to share some wonderful memories and to wish his father, Steve, who currently lives at Oakmont Northville, a wonderful Father’s Day! 

At Oakmont, Steve is likely known for being an ex U.S. Marine who fought and almost lost his life during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, a true American Hero. Of course for me he is all of that and much much more.

He is a wonderful father who always had time for myself and my brother Bruce. He taught us to love and play sports throughout our youth and into adult hood. We would play catch everyday for hours and he coached our baseball teams. When we went on to play sports in High School you would see him at our practices after he was done with work each day. I don’t think he ever missed one of our baseball, hockey or football games. Each winter he would build an ice rink in our back yard so all the neighborhood boys had a place to go after school to play hockey. I can never remember him saying he was too busy to help us with anything we asked of him Including projects at our own homes.

Along with supporting all of our efforts, he is a kind person who knows what the important things in life are and doesn’t sweat the small stuff. I never heard my dad say a bad word about any person.

In closing Steve S. is a wonderful father and I am grateful to be his son.