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Steve Harris shares the story of his hero, his grandpa

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Steve Harris with his grandfather, Wayne Adey (Credit: Steve Harris) Steve Harris with his grandfather, Wayne Adey (Credit: Steve Harris)

By: Steve Harris / News 4

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Over the past three years, I’ve told 128 hero stories and people always ask me who my hero is.  

For that story, you have to go south, to a house my hero, Wayne Adey, built. My grandfather went to school in a one-room schoolhouse just outside of Houston, Missouri. He quit school in the 8th grade to go to work as a carpenter, building several houses in the area.

I was his first grandchild, I spent every weekend with him, and several summers. During our time together he taught me how to build things, work on cars, and more importantly, how to treat people.

He built Brenda McGowens home in 1980.

“The home was built and we moved in probably around September,” she said. “And sometime in January, I hear a hammer and your grandpa’s out there with his tools in the shed off the carport hammering and sawing. He’s like, ‘You know, I was lying awake last night thinking there might be a place in this shed that would let cold air get into your home.’”

Always be honest and always be on time was the advice he gave me. I didn’t always take it, but as I grew older, his wise words helped shape who I became.

My grandfather passed away in December of 2013, two days before his 86th birthday, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of him.

My hero built houses, but more importantly, he built my character.

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