Tuesday, January 31, 2012

In Memoriam: Steve Ornstein

My husband lost his father on Saturday. My son lost a grandfather. And I lost a loving father-in-law and fellow TV talker.
Steve Ornstein
My father-in-law, Steve Ornstein, led a remarkable life. He was a model turned actor turned sportscaster. I loved bonding with him over the TV biz...and our mutual affection for Shane, my 3-month-old baby. 
I'll miss Oren Stevens, as he was known on-camera, more than I can express. I know many others are heartbroken, too, from his wife and four children to the hundreds of people who've shared their memories of him with us in the past few days.
Goodbye, Oren. We love you.
Stick with me, kid. You'll wear silk.
--Oren Stevens in the 1969 film Downhill Racer


  1. And he played lacrosse at Syracuse alongside the great Jim Brown! Quite a life.

  2. Our thoughts are with you and your family. It sounds like he did lead a truly amazing life.

  3. We are sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Jill, and we hope his example will inspire you to keep reaching for your goals while making the most of each and every day. We are thinking about you and your family today and sending you our sympathy.

  4. I knew the Ornstein family in Long Beach, NY where we all grew up! Love to contact your husband to get him to talk someone at Long Beach Patch.com. Steve's life is worthy of a profile there! I've written about my Long Beach life too in a collection of short stories, Boardwalk Stories, www.blueeftpress.com.
    Roslyn Laufgraben Bernstein (LBHS 1959)

  5. His sister Dooley, her twin brother Bobby and Steve and I were friends at SU. I can't believe we have lost all three way too soon. Steve was briefly married to one of my roommates, Bonnie Baraccini, and I had the pleasure of knowing the elder Ornsteins as well. A truly remarkable family. Steve had a twinkle in his eye and was a lovely human being and a fantastic athelete. He was adored by everyone who knew him. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Beverly Farber Kaye
    Syracuse '62