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Steve Charland, Rest in Peace

By Steve_in_Escalon

4 years ago


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#176 4 years ago

My story is like so many others have posted...when I got into collecting Pinballs and Arcade Games..I really wanted a Gottlieb Rocky Pinball...when I finally found one I had no idea what I was doing. Somehow fate played a roll and through the RGP groups and a great referral I met Steve. I always told him he would be a great radio personality...his voice was so upbeat and he just made working on pins sound like so much fun even when you would get really frustrated he could make you laugh. He talked me through several fixes and built up my confidence that I could fix a lot of stuff on my own with just a little guidance from a friend. Several times I sent some problematic System 80 boards that were beyond my capabilities and he would fix them for nearly nothing...he truly was a great guy with a big heart. My fondest memory was talking to him about the construction he did for his home and all that went into that and space for his pinball collection.

Steve was responsible for helping me score one of my most prized possessions. The prototype Rocky Backglass seen in Rocky III movie...those who know Steve knows he has one also...well we used to joke about when he would sell his to me...well one day he calls me and tells me that there is on eBay...now most people I know would have grabbed that for themselves..if for no other reason than to sell later...not Steve...he always put you first and did what was right because that is the kind of person he truly was.

Steve, every time I coin up a game on my Rocky I will think of you. When I look at that backglass it remind me what a truly great person you were...something I strive to be everyday in my personal life as well as in the collector circles. I will always remember him telling me once in one of our early conversations, "Rick one day you will be teaching someone too, remember to pass on the knowledge" Well Steve you were right buddy...RIP...I know your looking down at all the people you influenced with a smile. Your work is done..Pinball {Specifically System 80's } will live on for many more generations to come thanks to you.

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