At 88, Stephen Straus looked forward to each day.
He worked full-time as a financial adviser and was “the oldest member of staff” at investment firm Stifel, according to his son Peter Straus.
Mr Straus has walked to Metra, cycled and loved watching the birds and squirrels around his home in Highland Park. He was a frequent visitor to the Art Institute and often attended the Friday night concerts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was quick with a joke, and his favorite movie was “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
His death in the shooting during the July 4 parade in Highland Park cut short a man who “loved life and tried to live every day to the fullest”, his son said, “and was generous and kind”.
Mr. Straus grew up on the South Side of Chicago, the grandson of German immigrants. He attended a high school in the Hyde Park area and Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
In September, he and his wife Linda, whom he met in Chicago, would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, their son said.
Mr Straus was a generous and capable mentor to others, according to financial columnist Terry Savage, who said he was helpful with advice when she started as a stockbroker.
“He was so smart and so funny,” Savage said. “Everyone who had him as a financial advisor was lucky. He was current and witty and always had a concise commentary on the stock market.
“He had been in the financial advisory business for over 50 years, and he hadn’t lost a step,” she said. “He was wise, and he had perspective, and he was calm in times of panic.”
Mr. Straus is also survived by his son Jonathan, his brother Larry and four grandchildren.