Remembering Steve Spiller.
We lost our great dear friend and photographer Steve Spiller just over one month ago on December 8th 2014. Steve was diagnosed with cancer during September 2014. Steve fought really hard and was amazingly positive for the last few months but unfortunately the cancer was very aggressive.
From a meeting at a bar in Ilford to many a great day in many an amazing place and many a great laugh the memories of Steve will be with us forever. We shared many a good day and night at concerts, gigs, motor rallies, parties and all enjoyed some great times together over the past 20 years or so.
One of Steve biggest passions was music, and he loved having a jamming session with friends.
Steve's other big passion was photography, a highly accomplished and skilled photographer Steve developed his photography into an outstanding career with many worldwide famous pictures of many a star and event taken by Steve earning him the great title in London of "King Pap".
Steve took all our early pictures and even the picture of the stand at Celtic Park which became the cover of The Field's Of Athenry (Celtic. F.C. Mix). Steve also helped set up and shoot our Ole, Ole Ole video in 2002 and took all the wonderful pictures that day back in 2002 as well as many great outstanding pictures with us in studio, on the road and at gigs over the years.
So proud and happy to have been able to put Steve's song Fairy Queen on our Emails At the Cliffs Of Moher album, something I know he cherished to have had a song he wrote recorded and on one of our albums. Steve joined us the night Greg and I mixed our most downloaded track Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young. It was our last night in studio finishing that Life Goes On album and what a night it was, a night to cherish forever.
Steve loved Ireland and together we shared many a great day at a motor rally. Steve really enjoyed the buzz and craic around the rally scene and made many good friends and contributed to a fair few memorable rally days and nights along the way with great hospitality and nights at Steve's parents house in Carlow en route.
Steve and Aine's wedding was a great day in Mayo and one was so happy to be invited to.
It is so sad that Steve has been taken from us all, most of all his so loved wife Ann, his family and friends. Life can be so unexplainably cruel at times.
Ann, the Spiller and Monaghan families have set up a Just Giving page for Steve to give family, friends and colleagues the opportunity to donate to Cancer Research UK so that the battle may be won by others in the future.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann Spiller, the Spiller and Monaghan families at these very unexpected sad times. Rest In Peace Steve, you will always be with us and your great fab work will live forever. Donald.