Stephen Meagher died on a morning run with friends in February of this year, a sudden passing which shattered his wide circle of friends and family and those who knew him – a fit young man of 54 in the prime of life.
Meagher was from Orinda, went to Miramonte, and – like many in Lamorinda – he loved sports of all kinds. He ran marathons, and developed friends in the tight-knit community of runners here and elsewhere.
One such friend was fellow Orindan and former Matador Amanda Ferguson, who had a chance encounter with Meagher after a race in Tilden Park many years ago and who, it turned out, shared his passion for running.
“Fast forward two years or so, and we bought a house (next to the Meaghers) and when they came up to introduce themselves, I was like, ‘Hey! I know you from running!'” Ferguson said. “They were awesome neighbors and friends and now their oldest daughter babysits for us.”
Runners will say that the race will go on and runners must keep running but, for Ferguson, something was lacking.
“I asked April (Steve’s wife) if I could carry something of his during the (Oakland) marathon yesterday and she said: ‘Do you want it to be embarrassing, or tasteful?’ I told her it was up to her, and she said, ‘I’m wearing his wedding band on a necklace. I’ll give that to you.'”
It may have been a proxy run, but Meagher finished another marathon courtesy of a friend who knew it’s what he would have wanted.
“I was honored that she would trust me with that,” Ferguson said Monday, “and allow me the opportunity to celebrate him in that way.”