DUNCAN, OK (TNN) - The Duncan Rib Crib is paying tribute to the victim of a weekend crash at Rednecks with Paychecks, who they say was a regular. They had a fundraiser to help his fiance on Wednesday.
Many people at Rib Crib, including servers and the general manager, say Steven Fairbairn, or Stevie, was more than a regular, he was a friend, and he will be missed dearly.
FairBairn and his friends could often be found sitting on the Rib Crib patio.
“Every Saturday and Sunday you knew that Steven was going to be here," said Brandi Rhodes, general manager of the Rib Crib in Duncan. "He was going to walk in, order a pint, and have some food and hangout for three or four hours.”
Rhodes started working at Rib Crib two years ago, right around the time that Fairbairn moved to Duncan from England to work for Rightway Manufacturing.
“We have become very close,” said Rhodes. “I always knew he was going to be here. We’d visit, and sometimes we’d go hangout afterwards and just spend time together. Just a really, really great man.”
Fairbairn proposed to his girlfriend, Abbey Green, just three weeks ago.
“I went to their housewarming party a couple weeks ago, and he was showing me her ring, and how he proposed, and their house, and their future together, and it’s just heartbreaking to think that that love has come to this.”
Green and Fairbairn met only a year ago, but Rhodes said their love was one of a kind.
“They were perfect for each other," said Rhodes. "They loved like no other. I can’t even describe their love for each other. He adored her.”
The Rib Crib in Duncan is donating 20% of Wednesday sales to help Green with expenses.
“We’ve all been saddened, We’ve all experience heartbreak. I think that what we’ve done is just try to come together for Abbey and be strong for her and help her through this difficult time, because she’s coming home without him," said Rhodes. "To get to give back to her and help her, that’s kind of our way of being supportive. We’ve shared his memory with each other, and telling stories, and remembering things that have happened, and that really is what’s brought us together, and decided to do this event for Abbey, and Steven, in his memory.”
Green and Fairbairn’s families are still in Texas, where he was hospitalized after the accident. Green sent 7News the following statement:
"Although I have only known Steven just shy of a year it feels like I have known him forever. I worked at Applebee’s at the time of our introduction and all of the lads would come in. I remembered hearing all of their accents and wondering what in the world they were doing in Duncan, OK. Steven always stood out to me. I noticed that Steven and I have an almost identical tattoo of a motorcycle wheel with wings. I worked up the courage to speak to him and the rest was truly history. He loved with so much passion; not only me, but his family, his friends back home, his new friends in Duncan, and especially his motorbike. He had such a beautiful soul and made an immense impact on every person he met. He is a true gentlemen, soul mate, and role model. That is hard to find in young men these days. I know many changes have been made in the lives of those who have had the pleasure to meet him. I love you forever my Stevie P, you are always in my heart, I can already feel you. “I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains.” Thank you to the community of Duncan, the abundance of support from across the pond, and Rib Crib for hosting this event, especially Brandi Rhodes.