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Great Barrington man killed in two-car crash on Route 7

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By Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 News 9

Falls Village, Conn. — A Great Barrington man was killed, and a Torrington, Connecticut man critically injured in a two-car accident on Wednesday (September 9) evening when a car and a pickup truck collided on U.S. Route 7, according to Connecticut State Police in Canaan.

Steve Meyerowitz

Steve Meyerowitz

Steve Meyerowitz, 65, was pronounced dead at Sharon Hospital after his Volkswagen Beetle and a Nissan Titan collided near the double yellow line. Police say Meyerowitz was heading northbound. The driver of the Nissan, Roger St. Pierre of Torrington, was also transported to Sharon Hospital for evaluation, but moved to Hartford Hospital for possible internal injuries.

A hospital spokesman said on Friday (September 11) that St. Pierre was listed in critical condition.

Police say both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and airbags were deployed. Both vehicles were severely damaged.

The accident is under investigation.

A long-time Great Barrington resident, Meyerowitz is well known as the “Sproutman,” for his popular natural foods business, founded in New York City in 1977, selling sprouting seeds, equipment, other health and skincare products.

Meyerowitz leaves his wife, Beth Robbins, an English, drama and history teacher at the Berkshire Waldorf High School, and three children, Gabrielle, Ari and Noah.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 13 at 9:30 am, at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road in Great Barrington. Internment will follow at the Ahavath Sholom Cemetery on Blue Hill Road.

An obituary will be published in The Edge on Friday, September 11.

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  1. D.B. says:

    We are so sorry. We loved Steve and Steve loved life and his family. As we are so sad, I hope his spirit is flying somewhere beautiful. Steve was a beautiful person. Our “Sproutman” will be sorely missed.

  2. Susan says:

    How devastating. What a great man. He added so much love to our world and our community. Holding Steve and his family in the light. My heart and thoughts are with you. So very sorry.

  3. Nomi Shannon says:

    Steve and I traveled the same circles for many years. We got to know each other in taxi cabs on the way to health shows, behind the booth at Tribest where he demonstrated his products…at raw food expos, etc…I am so shocked and saddened to learn that the world has lost this wonderful and dedicated man….Too Soon, Steve, way too soon. Rest in peace my friend.

  4. Claudia d'Alessandro says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of this, and my heart goes out to Ari and to the rest of the family. May healing and peace find you all.

  5. Susan Pettee says:

    I wish we had known this fine man. Such a loss. I can see how it might have happened, though: my husband and I were driving home last night on Route 7 in Connecticut in the dark and the rain and we noticed some stretches of road that sound like where this accident happened. The center lines and fog line were almost worn away and there were no reflectors at the side of the road. It was really hard to tell where the road was as it curved through the woods. I wish Canaan would repaint the lines on this road and maybe put reflectors in the center line, as some other towns have done. These are very helpful when visibility is bad.

  6. catherine paton says:

    I am very sorry to learn that the accident I heard about while I was in Falls Village CT only a couple of miles from this spot resulted in the passing of one of our wonderful Great Barrington MA heroes for health and kindness, Steve Meyerwitz. I remember talking with him at an event hosted by Our Berkshire Times and winning the raffle of his Sproutman tee shirt and packages of sprout seeds.

    I had wanted to meet him since reading about him years before, and he was sharing the message that it’s always a good time to begin the healing and better eating process. Clearly he was a loving family man and one we can hold keep in our hearts as cheering us on when we find ourselves struggling with those ‘mind over matters’ or ‘what to add to the salad’ issues. I do not make light of the huge loss his sudden passing is but believe he may be at peace and in a realm of love greater than we can understand.

    I have had to face the loss of others in my life without much notice and sometimes under harsh circumstances (depression, accidents and more recently drug overdoses). There are many reasons we could ponder the challenges that could befall any of us and find ways to weave a strong sense of care and community to help each person pull through day to day and as the years unfold. Reading this on September 11th, I am again reminded of the challenges we have faced as communities and a nation with more public understanding in the years since 2001 making it more acceptable to show our concern for one another.

    While the challenges loom, the greater ‘river of love’ that flows like the natural rivers of love can help us trust that we will pull through, much as our loved ones would want us to whatever stage of life they were in when their earthly walk shifted and whatever we are endeavoring in our lives…may they be part of our legacy and love for our whole lives long. Big hugs to Steve’s family and friends and all who are moved by his passing and were inspired by his living.

  7. M.I Suáre says:

    I am one of the many people that are grateful to Sproutman for teaching me how to sprout and live a healthier lifestyle. He was a great trailblazer. My condolences to his family.

  8. Betsy Bragg says:

    A tremendous loss. A man who changed and healed so many many lives. Always positive with time to help everyone. His legacy is for all of us to do our utmost to be healthy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in order to help others be the same. My prayers to him and his family.

  9. Axel says:

    Was texting a factor or alcohol. ?

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