Mr. Stephen Friede passed away in the city of Merida, Yucatan just a few days ago.

It seems that he had an accident while alone at his home located on Calle 80 (between 43 y 45) Centro, Merida, Yucatan.

Stephen constantly talked about how deep in love he was with Mexico and how blessed he felt about living in Merida. He used to say that the Yucatan was a magic place, and so he decided to move here, where he finally felt “at home”.

At some point he wrote on his Facebook page that he had “Found Peace at Last”.

Looking at Steve’s Facebook page, we can tell that he was loved and cherished by friends in Mérida, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Reno, NV.

Stephen had just lost his boxer “Sophie” to cancer the week before. Once he wrote: “She was to be with me for 3 months when she adopted me… but instead, we had a year.”

Stephen contributed 8 articles for the Yucatan Times, several restaurant reviews, two other stories about charity projects, and it is worth mentioning that he wrote an article titled: “An Expat Lives and Dies in The Yucatan”.

In this piece, Steve provided detailed information regarding documents, legal and consular procedures, and even examples of total cargo costs to ship remains from Mexico to several major U.S. destinations.

He reminded the Expat community that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and its nine Consulates are responsible to serve the families of Americans who die in Mexico.

Stephen Friede (Photo: Facebook)
Stephen Friede (Photo: Facebook)

The man was a kind soul and he will be missed by many of us. When a person departs from this earth he/she never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, and it is through us that they live on.

On behalf of The Yucatan Times Editorial Team, we send our sincere condolences to all his relatives and friends, Stephen will not be forgotten. May God give him the comfort and peace that he sought in the Yucatan and may his soul rest in peace.

Alejandro Azcárate
Content Manager
The Yucatan Times