Sad news from Pietro Bonacossa: "My special friend ... Stephen became a real angel last week, leaving a deep sense of loss for many of us."
Here is the obituary for Stephen Chalbaud, which is scheduled to run Thursday in The Miami Herald:
Julio "Stephen" Chalbaud, resident of Miami Beach, left this worldly life for eternal peace on December 12, 2012 at the young age of 49. He is now our guardian angel and will be deeply missed by family, friends, colleagues and loved ones.
Stephen was born on September 18, 1963 in San Francisco. He moved to Venezuela as a young child and then to Dallas where he spent his formative years. His real home and heart, however, was in Miami Beach. A beautiful man inside and out, Stephen left a successful career in the modeling world to dedicate his life towards helping those less fortunate.
He spent many years working at Best Buddies and recently did volunteer work for Miami Children's Hospital, Safe Schools South Florida and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, just to name a few.
He had a heart of gold and showered everyone around him with love, kindness, affection, encouragement, understanding, compassion and support.
Stephen is survived by his parents Julio and Gay, his sisters Angela and Debra, his nieces Hayley and Ginger, his nephews Matthew and Joseph, his brothers-in-law Jeff and Thomas, his best friends Dan, Scott, Francisco & Brett, Craig & Rafi, Hector & Ricardo, Brian, Jim & Joseph, Joe & Kevin, Wayne, David, his friends Vince & Ross, Martin, Brandon, John, Carlos, Dave, Liebe, Laura, Tracy, his special friend Pietro and many other dear friends and relatives.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider making a donation in Stephen's memory to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (http://www.thetaskforce.org/donate/honor), an organization where he was regarded as a star volunteer.