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RIP Steve Corley

By PrinzFred

3 years ago


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    #1 3 years ago

    I was saddened to hear that Steve Corley passed away. For those in Colorado (and beyond) that knew him he restored countless games, added photos, schematics, etc. to IPDB, and contributed greatly to the pinball scene in Colorado and beyond. I'm lucky enough to have spent time with him, hearing about the early pinball scene in Colorado, learning about restoration, and owning a few games he worked on. He always had a story to share, a joke to tell, and despite his health always presented a cheery disposition. RIP Steve

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    #3 3 years ago

    This is terrible news. I have known Steve for years. He was a good guy for sure. He will be missed.

    #4 3 years ago

    I reached out to Steve out of the blue about 10 years ago when I decided to attempt to repair the family Sinbad that had been sitting for years. Steve was unbelievably helpful ( I had no idea who he was at the time, just decided to contact him). He gave me the direction, the base knowledge I needed to get started. He taught me as much as I could understand at the level I was at during that time. I live on the other side of the US so all he taught me was through messages back and forth. I owe quite a bit to him. After a while I was off and running on my own. I would keep I touch with him from time to time over the years. My deepest condolences to his family.

    #5 3 years ago

    Steve was a regular at my (former) place, Lyons Classic Pinball, and became a good friend - like many of our customers over the years. Greg's description of him above is spot on. He would drive up to LCP (about an hour's drive) and play for just a few games as it hurt him to stand for any length of time in recent yrs. He just wanted to go for a ride sometimes with a friend and stop in to chat for a few. He holds the all-time high score on our infamous Kismet (2,900, if I'm remembering correctly) - which is rolling it two times. He never let me forget it! The pinball community is missing a great guy today. RIP, Steve and condolences to his family, who he was very proud of.

    #6 3 years ago

    So very sorry for your loss to the CO pinball community.

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    #7 3 years ago

    Steve was just at my home a couple of weeks ago and we got caught up while playing a game he'd restored. I'm unable to collect my thoughts to properly express my sorrow right now.

    For those of you who didn't know him, you may have know his webpage, Pinball Links
    https://www.stevechannel.com/pinballlinks.htm

    Its the most extensive collection of pinball links ever assembled.

    RIP Steve

    #8 3 years ago

    Steve will be missed. He had some great stories about his time with pinball. I own his HUO original MM, was lucky to get it and lucky to have spent some time with him. He had a great story about us getting it into my SUV, it was a true adventure.

    #9 3 years ago

    Never got a chance to meet him but sounds like we lost one of the good ones, RIP.

    #10 3 years ago
    Quoted from Mr68:

    I'm unable to collect my thoughts to properly express my sorrow right now.

    Same, Kim. So many memories, so many stories. He was definitely a character. He will be missed. I feel for his family right now.

    Everything everyone said above is totally spot on.

    #11 3 years ago

    Steve told me this Sound Stage was his first game. His neighbor had it and couldn’t figure out how to fix it. Steve got it for like $50. Wheeled it across the street, replaced a fuse and was hooked on the hobby.

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    #12 3 years ago

    Sad news indeed. Steve was a great asset to the Colorado pinball community.

    #13 3 years ago
    Quoted from ghostbc:

    Steve was a regular at my (former) place, Lyons Classic Pinball, and became a good friend - like many of our customers over the years. Greg's description of him above is spot on. He would drive up to LCP (about an hour's drive) and play for just a few games as it hurt him to stand for any length of time in recent yrs. He just wanted to go for a ride sometimes with a friend and stop in to chat for a few. He holds the all-time high score on our infamous Kismet (2,900, if I'm remembering correctly) - which is rolling it two times. He never let me forget it! The pinball community is missing a great guy today. RIP, Steve and condolences to his family, who he was very proud of.

    Kevin, I rented out Lyons this week and texted Steve a photo of kismet and el dorado. Here was his response . . . .

    ‘Yes Kevin and I must of played Hundreds of games on Eldorado . . . And I played maybe 500 games on Kismet maybe more . . . I don't think anyone has ever beat my high score to date on Kismet. ‘. He talked fondly his visits and time with you

    #14 3 years ago

    Very sad and thanks Steve for all those you helped and gave your time and talents to so well.

    #15 3 years ago

    I didn't know Steve, but in October of 2010 I reached out to Steve via email regarding a problem I was having with a couple of my pinball machines (TZ and WH2O) and he responded right away. Several emails were sent back and forth over a few days and I was able to iron out my issues with Steve's assistance. Steve had also volunteered to come over to my house to help me fix my pinball issues in the event that we could not do it via email exchanges.

    Steve was extremely friendly and patient in working with me to troubleshoot my issues as I knew next to nothing at that time with regards to troubleshooting pinball issues. I never met Steve personally, but from my electronic interactions with him I could tell that he was a really nice guy and darn smart too.

    Gord

    #17 3 years ago
    Quoted from Mr68:

    Steve was just at my home a couple of weeks ago and we got caught up while playing a game he'd restored. I'm unable to collect my thoughts to properly express my sorrow right now.
    For those of you who didn't know him, you may have know his webpage, Pinball Links
    https://www.stevechannel.com/pinballlinks.htm
    Its the most extensive collection of pinball links ever assembled.
    RIP Steve

    Any time I went to the Rocky Mountain show, I would run into Steve. It was always nice to visit with him. Such a nice and knowledgable guy. You were lucky to have him local to you, Kim.

    All the best to his family.

    #18 3 years ago

    When I started building the Fun With Pinball exhibit in 2013 I swapped some email with Steve about what I was up to. Turns out he had done something similar. He helped a friend's kid build a few pieces to demonstrate how a flipper, pop bumper, etc. work for a high school science fair.

    You will be missed Stevebo.

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    #19 3 years ago

    In memory of Steve’s sense of humor. Steve entered this message in the MM when he owned it. I’ve never changed it. Thought you guys would enjoy this.

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    #20 3 years ago

    Hey all,

    My name is Derek, and Steve was my father. I didn’t get into pinball as much as my dad did, but it always seemed like I was roped into moving games around practically every day. Between shuffling around the 40+ games in our basement, hauling games up and down the stairs, picking up new games that he had bought, and helping load up games he sold, I spent a LOT of time moving games with my dad (not to mention playing that MM a hell of a lot).

    My dad ended up meeting quite a few people in the pinball scene, and he was always telling me about the new people he met and friends he had made. He always stumbled into hobbies, and usually these hobbies would only last a couple weeks, but pinball was something he stayed involved in for decades.

    I am truly happy to hear from those who got to know him, those he helped out, even those who have stories about how ridiculous he was. This hobby and the people involved brought him a lot of happiness and purpose, so.. thanks!

    #21 3 years ago

    I don't think I have ever met Steve at a show, but he sure was an asset to the pinball community and will be missed by many.

    Derek, I'm very sorry for your loss. All the best to you and your family.

    #22 3 years ago

    One of the most difficult times in my life is when I lost my father. I know the pain you are feeling and I just want to say my prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    God Bless

    #23 3 years ago
    Quoted from MMGB:

    In memory of Steve’s sense of humor. Steve entered this message in the MM when he owned it. I’ve never changed it. Thought you guys would enjoy this.
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    That’s awesome man. Rip Steve

    #24 3 years ago
    Quoted from derekahc:

    Hey all,
    My name is Derek, and Steve was my father. I didn’t get into pinball as much as my dad did, but it always seemed like I was roped into moving games around practically every day. Between shuffling around the 40+ games in our basement, hauling games up and down the stairs, picking up new games that he had bought, and helping load up games he sold, I spent a LOT of time moving games with my dad (not to mention playing that MM a hell of a lot).
    My dad ended up meeting quite a few people in the pinball scene, and he was always telling me about the new people he met and friends he had made. He always stumbled into hobbies, and usually these hobbies would only last a couple weeks, but pinball was something he stayed involved in for decades.
    I am truly happy to hear from those who got to know him, those he helped out, even those who have stories about how ridiculous he was. This hobby and the people involved brought him a lot of happiness and purpose, so.. thanks!

    I am sorry for your loss.

    #25 3 years ago

    Steve will be missed, he was a great guy, really sorry to hear about his passing. I use to hang out with him once in a while, I'll miss that sense of humor. He was that guy that would come up to anyone at a gas station and start telling you Viagra jokes..... Of course he didn't have enough Scotch in his life but that's another story.

    #26 3 years ago

    RIP Steve.

    #27 3 years ago

    I’m sorry to hear about your dad Derek. Rest In Peace Steve

    1 year later
    #28 1 year ago

    This is terrible! I was just looking on Facebook, why I have not seen anything posted by Steve in some time. I then found that he passed away almost 2 years ago. We never met, but Steve and I communicated via email a lot years ago. RIP, Steve. You were a fantastic guy!!!

    Jim

    4 months later
    #29 1 year ago

    I'm Steve's 2nd child and am trying to sell the game he gave me. It's Night Rider Bally. We don't play it and are about to move, i know he'd rather it be played. Please let me know if you know anyone who might be interested.

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    #30 1 year ago
    Quoted from Corley99:

    I'm Steve's 2nd child and am trying to sell the game he gave me. It's Night Rider Bally. We don't play it and are about to move, i know he'd rather it be played. Please let me know if you know anyone who might be interested.
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    Click the link I'm providing below and duplicate your message. The link will take you to the local Colorado group.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/colorado-whats-fsft/page/131#post-7402260

    If you need further help on anything, send me a private message.
    Kim

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