With Steve having been in Hospice only a few miles from my house, I cannot begin to express my regret that due to circumstances of my own that prevented me from visiting him even once, I had to find out on this Forum that my friend of over 50 years has passed.
Steve was the first cartridge collector I met personally when I discovered I was not the sole person on planet earth to enjoy collecting cartridges as much as I enjoyed shooting them. At the time, he was living in a private home, as I recall, in Santa Clara. He had not take over even the first apartment house he was involved with, or moved to the second where he lived until place in the Hospice Home just south of where I live.
I basically have been in close contact with him all my adult life. He introduced me, soon after we met, to Sal Guarini, one of our hobbys early “shaker and movers.” Sal had what was at the time, one of the most important collections in America, and as I recall, was one of the early presidents of what became IAA. Both are now gone from our ranks, but for me, neither will be forgotten for whatever time is left to me. It would be impossible to detail the cartridges and information that passed between us in all those years, or the miles put on both of our cars passing between my home and his, and vice-versa.
He will be personally missed, as well as leave a hole in all the cartridge get togethers and shows that he regularly attended and helped out with.
I would like to note also something many knew, but probably not all that knew him. Steve was a Veteran of the United States Navy and served on an aircraft carrier as an ammunition handler during the Korean War. He also was heavily involved with some charity for youngsters, I believe, in which postage stamps played a role. I never was clear on what it was.
His passing diminsihes the membership rolls of our hobby. So long pardner.
Joe, thanks for taking on the sad duty of informing us of the loss of a friend to the whole hobby.