Anyone who's spent time boozing in Pittsburgh has heard of "Midget Mondays" at Casey's Draft House. Shaun, a loveable "little person", would dance around on the bar, pouring drinks and shots and generally getting buck nutty. The promotional idea was born of schlock and buffoonery, but gradually surpassed the offensive overtones and became a local tradition. Without a doubt, this was due entirely to the large personality contained within Shaun's small body.
I attended a few "Midget Mondays" throughout the years, most recently last September (when the picture above was taken). That night Shaun was as lively as ever, keeping everyone full of shots and laughter. I typically chafe at these types of events, where the object seems to be to laugh at someone, rather than with him. As I watched him stand on the bar and shoot the breeze with everyone who came up to him, though, it occurred to me that he truly loved these weekly appearances, and all of his fans. Shaun laughed as hard as, if not harder than, any other person in there; you never had an opportunity to laugh at him, only to laugh with him.
News of Shaun's passing this weekend has quickly spread throughout the area. It saddens me to know that such a brilliant personality and generous soul has left us. Shaun knew how to party, and how to light up a room. His energy was always on "high", and it was always positive.
From Isaac at Faded Industry:
Watch this video and remember Shaun like I do, happy, drunk and always chasing that ass!! RIP my friend. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Respect and love, Shaun.