Steve Silbas has gone to join his Barbara.
Silbas, the former owner of Casbeers and a leading proponent of showcasing live music in San Antonio, died Tuesday.
Silbas had been in the news recently as one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Chefs 4 Chefs, a fundraising event to help those from the city’s restaurant community in need. Big Bob’s Hamburgers hosted another fundraiser on his behalf, featuring many of the area musicians who got a start playing at Casbeers, which was also known for its irresistible enchiladas.
At the time of the two events, Silbas had been in need of a kidney transplant. He suffered other physical problems since then, which resulted in his being hospitalized more than a week ago.
Silbas’ wife, Barbara Wolfe, who ran both Casbeers and Casbeers at the Church with him, died last December.
Social media featured an outpouring of grief and remembrances of the couple.
“Losing brother Steve Silbas is another gut punch on top of the loss of his wife/partner Barbara Wolfe,” local music writer and musician Jim Beal posted on Facebook. “As a team, Steve and Barb were among the very best friends musicians and music fans could ever have. And, they were among the most generous and giving persons inside and outside the music/restaurant whirl. Words, even carefully considered words, just are not enough to convey the love and respect me and mine have for Steve and Barb.”