Stephen Vermillion III, RIP
This morning we learned the sad news that Steve Vermillion, a friend to the cause of freedom in Cuba and a friend of Babalú, passed away last night. Val and I last saw Steve during our a visit to D.C. back in February and we were encouraged that it appeared he was holding his own in his long battle with Leukemia. As always, he wanted to help us in any way he could to combat the tyranny on the island. Unfortunately, he lost the battle against cancer last night.
We will all miss Steve greatly and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
The following photo and comment was posted today by his daughter Sarah on Facebook:
A statement from Congressman David Rivera on the passing of Steve Vermillion, his Chief of Staff:
“It is with great sadness that I received the news today of the passing of my friend and Chief of Staff, Steve Vermillion. For nearly twenty five years, I have known Steve as a friend, family man and committed public servant. My service in Congress has been greatly enhanced by Steve’s invaluable advice and knowledge regarding all aspects of the legislative process. As a 17 year veteran of Capitol Hill, Steve will be dearly missed by the Capitol family for his warmth and his sense of service to this institution and our nation. Steve demonstrated this service with great dignity the past two years as he simultaneously battled health problems while dutifully fulfilling his professional obligations with honor and distinction. His family can take great pride in the way Steve honored us all with his unwavering strength of character and dedication to the work of the American people. So while we bid farewell to our friend and colleague, we do so always remembering the enduring spirit and sense of service that Steve imparted on every life that he touched. Steve’s life serves as an inspiration to all of us who knew and loved him.”
Congressman David Rivera