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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Steve (W2ML)

May ?, 2012

I first met Steve at LIMARC meeting. We wound up at the same table. He was the kind of person who became a friend the first time you met him. I got roped into helping at the NYC Marathon. Over the last 7 or 8 years I would run into him every how and again. Steve had a habit of delivering my QSL cards from the NJDXA in person when ever he could. That included one year at the marathon where he stopped the marathon and dropped off my cards with my mile captain. I last had an eye ball with Steve at Dayton in 2011. He told me he had already past the expiration date the doctors had given him and wasn't sure if he would make the next marathon. The last time I talked to him was the only time I heard him on 20 Meters. That was several months ago. His positive attitude help hold off the cancer. I am sure he had bad days but no one ever saw that in public. I will miss seeing this rail of a man standing up through the sun roof of the lead car at the Marathon. Ham Radio has lost a true friend. PS the ML in Steve's call sign stood for "Marathon Leader"

Contributed by: Robert Batchelor (W2OSR)

I first met Steve when he still lived in Amityville, NY. when I first got my license. When I became SCM/SM for NLI I was always running into Steve at some event or another and we became friends. He asked me to help with the NYC Marathon and over the years I became a part of the "staff", doing net control along with Paul Vadarney, WB2VUK(SK) on the Logistics North net plus doing what ever was needed. I worked him a few years ago on Field Day, Steve was from the south shore of Long Island and I worked him using our clubs call;"W2 Marathon Leader de W2 Great South Bay" which got the usual reply "Hi big guy!". I called Steve a few weeks ago, just wanted to say "hi" to him, I could hear the weakness in his voice but just the same we had a chat for a few minutes, he asked that I keep him in my prayers, he said prayers were what had been keeping him going for so long. In addition to all he did between work and amateur radio he was also a Chief in the Navy, Naval Security Group, I was a Radioman in the Navy and we always had stories to swap. For a little person he fought the cancer as long as he did like a giant, he will be missed.

Contributed by: John Smale (K2IZ)

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