PEORIA, AZ - A Valley man killed in a construction accident was helping raise his three grandchildren.
Steve Ariston’s girlfriend said Ariston, 43, loved being a father figure to his granddaughters ages 2, 9, and 14.
Margie Ramirez said Ariston loved taking the two oldest to father-daughter dances at school.
“I just remember the fun they all three had and how he rushed home from work to get dressed to make sure he was on time to take them to this. It was very important to him,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez said Ariston, who lived in Peoria, has raised each of the girls since they were little.
“He did everything in life possible, worked as hard as he did, for them and for me – for our family,” said Ramirez.
Not only did the girls lose the only man they knew as a father, but Ramirez lost the man she has been in love with since a friend introduced them 20 years ago.
“I'm happy because I know where he's at. I'm happy for him. It's just me getting through this is the most difficult thing,” said Ramirez.
Ariston died in a construction accident near Warner and the Loop 202 last week when the supporting structures under this bridge collapsed.
Ramirez first heard about it on the news.
“I kept looking at all the men around that building and looking for him and I started calling his cell phone he didn't respond,” said Ramirez.
The family set up an account at Chase Bank to help with expenses.
Donations can be made at any Chase Bank under account #226671717 care of Margie Ramirez.