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“Dear Family of Sean "Binkie". My heart is aching for you at the loss of your dear son. He was born one day after my son, Gary and died one day...Read More »
1 of 69 | Posted by: Jeannette Birch - Orleans, VT

“Thank you for your beautiful and honest tribute to your son. We must all stand together in support of those struggling from this horrific epidemic....Read More »
2 of 69 | Posted by: Maryann Willson - Fayston

“Very sorry for your loss. May your son rest in peace and without pain. I also lost my son 1 year ago at age 27 to the same disease. ”
3 of 69 | Posted by: Mark Cheli - Santa maria, CA

“Hello,Thank you for your beautiful tribute to your son . I know your pain. I to lost a son to a heroin overdose. My boy knew your son and shared so...Read More »
4 of 69 | Posted by: Margery Keasler - Burlington, VT

“I did not know Sean, but as I read his obituary I felt as if I was reading about my brother. My brother died a month ago today after a long struggle...Read More »
5 of 69 | Posted by: Ivy laFountain

“we are so sorry for the loss of your amazing son. He was a good guy and so helpful. God Bless. ”
6 of 69 | Posted by: Tracy Hamlin - Burlington, VT

“I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will remain in my prayers.Sean looks like such a nice young man. I did not know him. I do know your loss...Read More »
7 of 69 | Posted by: Tony Basiliere - South Burlington, VT

“Jeff and Stem Family,I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. - Mary ”
8 of 69 | Posted by: Mary Williams - St. Albans, VT

“Im so sorry for your loss. ”
9 of 69 | Posted by: Nikki Cruz - Acquaintance

“Sean, you will be missed by so many, you were a great friend and I still can't get over that your gone, Kim I'm so sorry Sean was a great and kind...Read More »
10 of 69 | Posted by: Ryan Campbell - Colchester, VT

“Although I didn't know your son but somehow I feel like I did... My 24 year old son is also a heroin addict...I too live with the fear that one day...Read More »
11 of 69 | Posted by: Tina Smith - Plattsburgh, NY

“I didn't know Sean but I am very sorry that you lost your precious son, brother and friend to this terrible disease. Our family knows about addiction...Read More »
12 of 69 | Posted by: Laurie Barron

“Please know that you are not alone in your grief. I lost two sons last year, never even knowing of their addiction. The pain is excruciating. Your...Read More »
13 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“Kim, Erni and family, My heart felt condolences. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. ”
14 of 69 | Posted by: Gina Smith - Milton, VT

“I did not know Sean, but want to thank the family for the beautiful and honest obituary they have shared. Opiate addiction is a terrible illness and...Read More »
15 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“We all loved Sean...his sense of humor, his smile, and especially his loving HUGS. He was a big part of our family and we will miss him dearly. To...Read More »
16 of 69 | Posted by: A friend


17 of 69 | Posted by: J F - St.Albans, VT

“May Sean forever rest in peace. My heart goes out to Sean's family. Hugs & Love from a sister TAM. ”
18 of 69 | Posted by: Joy Anderson - Monticello, MN

“Kill the pain that you feel by understanding his disease is a hard mountain to climb, always remember the good times, and help those who are still...Read More »
19 of 69 | Posted by: R S - Burlington, VT

“I am so sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute to your beloved Sean. Thank you for opening your hearts and sharing your and Sean's story. He...Read More »
20 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“Ernie and family. So very sorry for your loss. May Sean now rest in peace.Chris Gilbert ”
21 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences for your loss. I don't know your son personally but I do remember the times I used to see him at Talent, years ago. I was a...Read More »
22 of 69 | Posted by: Joe B - Worcester, MA

“Fond memories of a lovely man will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, sweet man. You will be in Charlie and my heart always. ”
23 of 69 | Posted by: Kyle Smith - Burlington, VT

“Although I did not know Sean personally, I want to extend my condolences to everyOne. Thank you for the love you express and for opening your hearts...Read More »
24 of 69 | Posted by: Phoenix Love - Oceanside, CA

“God Bless Sean and his family. THANK YOU for being brave enough to share your heart breaking story about your beloved Sean and his addiction. I...Read More »
25 of 69 | Posted by: jen cortez - sarasota, FL

“Deep condolences for your loss! ”
26 of 69 | Posted by: C Ellis - Knoxville, TN

“As many have written that don't know the family or Sean. I am one of those to join in. What a beautiful obituary. More need to read what you wrote....Read More »
27 of 69 | Posted by: BW B - Salem, NH

“Dear Kim, Ernie, and Stem Family,I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember Sean at Edmunds Elementary, and the energy he had, he was carrying...Read More »
28 of 69 | Posted by: Wendy Traquair - Colchester, VT


29 of 69 | Posted by: Lindsay - VT

“I did not know Sean or his family. I do know the pain that opiate addiction causes to not only the addict but their families and friends. I am...Read More »
30 of 69 | Posted by: S F - South Burlington, VT

“I don't know your family but I know the feeling of the hopelessness of addiction and the high cost to our families...I'm so sorry for your loss, and...Read More »
31 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“as a mother with a son in recovery we have battled this diease for many years also i feel your pain as your heartbreaks for them but there is...Read More »
32 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“Love you little brother. GFAM ”
33 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“All our most heartfelt condolences to the whole family. We are just crushed by this sad news...the words of the obit are so true...it's impossible to...Read More »
34 of 69 | Posted by: Diane and Jupiter Horstmyer - RI

“Sean, you will be missed by all that had the blessing to have met you. We hadn't known you long , but you were loved and will be always the funny...Read More »
35 of 69 | Posted by: Darci and Brenda Deo - VT

“Thank you for your honesty and openness about the cause of Sean's death. You are doing something so important and valuable to help decrease the...Read More »
36 of 69 | Posted by: Lisa Cannon - Burlington, VT

“I am so sorry for your loss. My fiancé is a recovering addict, and as you said, it needs to be talked about to break the stigma. This was a...Read More »
37 of 69 | Posted by: Kandice Ogarek - McDonald, OH

“Always loved and forever in our hearts and memories ”
38 of 69 | Posted by: C B - Burlington, VT

“What a brave and loving way to recognize this loss. May you all be at peace. ”
39 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“I did not know Sean, but he was a friend of my son's who has also struggled for many years. I want to say what a beautiful and powerful obituary. I...Read More »
40 of 69 | Posted by: T B

“Although we never met, I too lost my son Jesse to the disease of addiction. I am so sorry for your loss. What a brave and beautiful tribute to your...Read More »
41 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Kim and Ryan, If there was words that I could say to take your pain away I would say them out loud for the world to hear. I am truly sorry for...Read More »
42 of 69 | Posted by: Brandi Bigelow - Essex, VT

“My heart goes out to you, as a parent of a young man, who much like Sean, has fought and struggled to overcome addiction. Thank you for your courage...Read More »
43 of 69 | Posted by: SB - Burlington, VT

“To Sean's Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I know how devastating addiction is for a family and especially for the person. You have written a...Read More »
44 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“i am very sorry for your loss. I hope your brave honesty in sharing his life story will benefit others. ”
45 of 69 | Posted by: Mary Jane Crouse - Stowe, VT

“Thank you for sharing this, for the honesty. Until we can approach this illness, WITHOUT SHAME, the suffering will grow and grow. I am truly grateful...Read More »
46 of 69 | Posted by: Camille M

“i read with a very heavy heart about the death of your son. i also lost my 38 year old daughter - last march - to addiction. Only those who have...Read More »
47 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“I do not know Sean or any family member, but want to send my sincere sympathy. A most beautifully written obituary. ”
48 of 69 | Posted by: K. W. - Grand Isle County, VT

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I did not know Sean, but know people who do, and as a person that works with individuals who have addictions, I...Read More »
49 of 69 | Posted by: Meghan Brooks

“Jaw dropping switch heelflips ”
50 of 69 | Posted by: A. T. - Boston, MA

“GFAM. I love you so much Sean. ”
51 of 69 | Posted by: Dana Weston - Hollywood, FL


52 of 69 | Posted by: Mary ann Johnson - Colchester

“My prayers to the family and friends of this beautiful young man. Though I only met him and talked briefly to him a couple times....his smile was...Read More »
53 of 69 | Posted by: Mary Ann Johnson - Colchester

“Sean, I will always remember your great smile and happy spirit! ”
54 of 69 | Posted by: Christina

“I was saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry I am. ”
55 of 69 | Posted by: Susan O'Brien - Fort Mill, SC

“Thank you for your courage in writing such a beautiful and honest memorial to honor another beautiful spirit lost to this disease. We hold our breath...Read More »
56 of 69 | Posted by: Paula - Essex Junction, VT

“Your light will continue to shine through all of us that loved you so much. May the fighting have stopped and warmth and comfort surround you. I...Read More »
57 of 69 | Posted by: Hannah Deene - Jericho, VT

There are no words... just sadness.  I pray that he has found comfort and peace.
58 of 69 | Posted by: Hannah Deene

“We are so incredibly sorry for the pain you are going through right now. Losing a family member is one of the toughest losses anyone can endure. ...Read More »
59 of 69 | Posted by: Barb and Jeff Fullerton - NH

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My daughter has fought this same demon for many years. She has been clean for eight months after we almost lost...Read More »
60 of 69 | Posted by: Tina Nichols - Swanton, VT

“I am so sorry for your loss. Sean sounds like an amazing person. Thank you for being brave enough to tackle this issue in his obituary. I believe...Read More »
61 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. Sean sounds like an amazing person. Thank you for being brave enough to tackle this issue in his obituary. I believe...Read More »
62 of 69 | Posted by: Pam Sheppard - SLC, UT

“Sean was a dear friend to me. I can't believe he is gone. He was definitely family. I also can't help regretting not spending more time with him...Read More »
63 of 69 | Posted by: David Budnick - Burlington, VT

“To the family I'm so sorry for your loss you all are in my thoughts and prayers I'm here when you need me I love each of you ”
64 of 69 | Posted by: Jordana Racine - Punta gorda, FL

“To Sean's family,Our thoughts are with you at your time of loss. Sean had a way about him that you could not help but love him, always polite, could...Read More »
65 of 69 | Posted by: Theresa Olio - So. Burlington, VT

“We will miss your beautiful Soul Sean.LoveLisa & JP Provost family ”
66 of 69 | Posted by: A friend

“My heart aches reading this. Though I admittedly have few memories of Sean as I was only in his "circle" for a very short time around 2000/2001 - he...Read More »
67 of 69 | Posted by: Matthew Brothers - Carolina Beach, NC

Forever blessed, forever changed, forever remembered.
68 of 69 | Posted by: Robin Stem

“I didn't know Sean very well, met him through a friend, but we had the chance to hang out a few times. There was one summer day where we went to the...Read More »
69 of 69 | Posted by: Liz Watson - Burlington, VT


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Sean "Binkie" Tyler Stem, age 26, Burlington, VT, passed away on March 29, 2016 after fighting a long, terrible battle of addiction. He was born in Burlington, VT on April 17, 1989, the son of Kim Palasits and Jeffrey Stem. Sean was a soft, gentle, kind young man whose presence was felt by all who knew him. He willingly embraced everyone he met. His personality was fearless and inviting; his contagious laugh made him instantly recognizable in any crowd. He would do anything for anyone and was loved by all. Sean was a passionate and talented skateboarder since he was a kid. He was a local skate fixture at many skate venues in the area and beyond. He loved basketball, dogs, and being everyone's friend. He had more to give others than he could give to himself. Sean had a particular sensitivity, feeling great pain and, we hope, great love. It is only in retrospect that we can wonder whether he even had the ability to know how deeply he was loved. And love him, we did, unconditionally through the good and the bad times and truly supported his fight for recovery in every way we knew how. We have learned the hard way that no amount of love can cure this illness. Those close to him can only assume that it was the drugs pulling him away from those who meant so much to him in the last few months. Perhaps the drugs offered him a needed escape from a world too big and overwhelming to manage successfully. Clearly the addiction took over in ways we cannot understand. And perhaps we cannot truly know another's pain, another's journey. We just know that we must keep on trying, keep reaching out, keep asking for solutions to this tragic epidemic. Those in the know about addiction, especially heroin, must share what they know. Families, friends, and the community have to share their pain, their struggles, so others may know and feel less alone, less confused, less shame. Sean's family can only hope that his death will not be in vain. Can we all, please, come together, love each other? Tear down whatever obstacles are in the way of reaching out, obstacles of fear, loneliness, shame, stigma, and join other friends and family members who see the ramifications of this drug and feel as powerless as we do. Sean is survived by his parents, Kim Palasits of Burlington, VT and Jeffrey Stem of Baroda, MI; step parents Ernie Palasits and Robin Stem; siblings Shannon, Megan, Justin, Erin, Colleen, Nick, Ryan, Holly, Mark, Paul, and Barbara; nieces and nephews Jackson, Anthony, Cameron, Alex, Miley, Judah, Emma, Laura, and Sophia; Eva Stem, step sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his dear friend Hannah Deene and his huge GFAM. If you or a loved one is fighting addiction please know you are not alone. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 in the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne, Rd, Burlington. A memorial service will be held on Monday morning at 10am at the First United Methodist Church on South Winooski Avenue. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Attorney Norman A. Blais, 289 College Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401. All proceeds will be used to establish a foundation in Sean's name to combat the use of opiates.

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