Update on Bonnie Burke and Steve Messier

Their one-of-a-kind love story was chronicled here at BHB. And now, an update on Bonnie and Steve (via email from Steve, published with permission).

Awright Sportsfans, here’s the big update: a few months ago I started to lose a high degree of my remaining physical abilities. On top of that, Bonnie, my DSW, has moved steadily towards the worst stage of Alzheimer’s and I was her only care giver. Obvious crisis in the making.  Long story short, we both ended up in Brooklyn Methodist hospital where, charmed by our back story, everyone worked hard to keep us together in the same room. This has now extended to placement together in the same room at a physical rehab facility right on the boardwalk in Coney Island.

This is not a bad thing. Life had gotten pretty bad for us living by ourselves. Finally I stopped being so stubborn about seeking and accepting help and our life is now going to be different, but, I hope, better.

After we get back on our feet, who knows. Probably back to a fixed-up apartment, but maybe a senior assist place on Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn. You catch a theme here? I only ever wanted three things in this life: to have a useful career, like as a psychologist; the eternal love of a good woman, like my DSW; and a place to live with a water view. I have never done any of it in a traditional way, so I am thinking our move tomorrow rounds out my personal trifecta!

Admittedly, this is a very depressing story, but also a very hopeful and exciting one: a new adventure for Steve and Bon!

Thanks for listening, more as it develops.

We will miss seeing Bonnie and Steve sitting on the promenade, while neighbor after neighbor stops to chat and bask in their orbit of love and positivity. If anyone is interested in visiting or sending a note, they are, for now, at Sea Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Coney Island.

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  • Mary Kim

    Hi Andrew. Please delete this comment. It is completely off topic, and unnecessarily reveals details about a tough time in the life of a person who is no longer here to defend himself. Clark was not a public figure. He was a private citizen. He was and is entitled to privacy. Thanks.

  • Andrew Porter

    Changed, but not deleted.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    I remember Clark, he was a real nice guy, sad to hear he passed.