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09-16-2011, 06:38 PM
Guys. I am heartbroken. I just heard some tragic news of a dear friend of many of ours. Steve Ciccalone died about an hour ago. I will post arrangements as soon as I hear back. Cause is unknown at this time. Steve was a true friend who did so much for our sport. His contributions are countless and immeasurable. We all know the contributions he made to understanding hendersons better and always trying in his way to promote the amca. In many ways he helped form what our club is today. Steve, I will miss you good friend. Rest in peace and our prayers are with your family. We will try to carry the torch in your spirit. God speed. Anthony Rutledge.
09-16-2011, 06:56 PM
I'm stunned. God speed Steve.
That's some sad news for sure. Rest in Peace Steve.
Did he or did he not just post YESTERDAY about the Jefferson Meet in another section??? I'm sick! Jp.
09-16-2011, 08:25 PM
Steve was a good friend, he will be missed.
09-16-2011, 08:46 PM
wow ya just don't know when...
09-16-2011, 08:47 PM
Just talked the other night. we will all miss you. god bless Loyd
09-16-2011, 08:58 PM
It is with great grief that I come to terms with this tragedy. Steve was an unforgettable human being. May your roads ahead be clear and full of bliss in the beyond. RIP Bob Luland and family
09-16-2011, 09:24 PM
I just spoke with him myself-wtf? I'm blown away-say it ain't true-
09-16-2011, 09:24 PM
This one hurts. I've had many a Manhattan with Steve, and his buddy Ken Thomas. Steve was going to ride his Hen out West when he first found out he was sick (that was some 10 years ago). Then he had an opportunity to get a free ride out via the Coast Guard ( I think he was scared). But when I was attached to the Jerimiah O'brian Liberty Ship for the 50th Ann of D-Day.......Steve was very excited) (( the J O'b sailed to D'day for the occasion, and I was able to see it off in SF, recieve it in England, and at D-Day in Normandy, then again at home port here in SF)) Steve was supposed to be part of all of this.
We shared interests in old bike junk, as well as car stuff. I was honored that his Labs accepted me, as I'm not a dog person.
Steve is one of the good guys. Miss you already. Say hi to Toney for us.
09-16-2011, 10:44 PM
Shocked and saddend by the new's, Steve helped me more than once. Glad I got to meet him on a run or two, from a fellow ex Coastie "Fair wind's and calm sea's" my friend.
09-16-2011, 10:52 PM
Though I know a lot of folks put a lot of work into the Jefferson meet, to me Steve was the face of the meet. When we would pull in late on Thursday night, no matter whether it was cold or damp or not, he would always be the one to tell us where to park it. I can't imagine the meet without him. On behalf of our chapter members, deepest condolences to his family and friends.
big jesus 151
09-16-2011, 11:08 PM
I am extremely saddened that my friend Steve has passed. Over the years he was a man amongst men. My most cherished memories of him was years ago after a few brews he would stand up & belt out a few good old irish tunes! He always was kind to me & welcomed me into his world with open arms. He always had a drink & a roof for the family. Rest in peace my friend...My condolences to his family & friends. Especially to Kent & Carole , he is non replacable in this community & surely missed for years to come. Carl Estes
09-17-2011, 10:23 AM
I met Steve at Daytona this year and have been in touch several times since,helping him with his next project "33 Indian 4 . I feel like I just lost a lifetime friend.
09-17-2011, 12:17 PM
We are all shocked and saddened with yesterday's news that Steve Ciccalone has passed.
As we all try to come to terms with the tragic passing of Steve, please bare with the us as we accept and deal with this huge loss to the antique motorcycle community, the national AMCA and the Chesapeake Chapter.
At this point in time, please contact Tom Finn at 410.788.9081 or email@example.com for any questions regarding vending at Jefferson. To limit confusion, please do not send in any more pre-registrations for vending at this year's meet and bring your AMCA card and registration fees ($50/spot) to the gate where we will get folks in and to their spot(s) as quickly as possible. We will do our best to keep folks in the spaces they had last year.
Please do not arrive at the White Rose Motorcycle Club grounds prior to 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 29th. If you need to make other camping and/or lodging arrangements, please contact Tom or myself.
President, Chesapeake Chapter
09-17-2011, 03:17 PM
May you rest in peace my friend as you will be missed by many,no longer will we hear the drunken singing session the night before the Keene swap meet,(or at any of the national meets) I'm glad I was there with you last September and was looking forward to next weekend. it will be a solemn day this year. rest in peace
Without Steve's help and encouragement I would never have started down the Henderson road.
So many great times over the past 12 years. A man among men!
09-17-2011, 09:18 PM
What a sad evening it was last night when my spotty cell phone coverage allowed an e-mail on this subject to come through.
I was sitting at the campfire out at the Yankee Chapter's road run up in Charlemont, Massachusetts and told others there of the loss.
Although I never found the time to get to know Steve on a truly personal level, I always found him an affable and fascinating character with whom I enjoyed the time I did get to spend with him.
I recently became editor of the Yankee Chatter (the newsletter for the Yankee Chapter). Steve was a longtime member and supporter of the Yankee Chapter and I had intended to interview him for a "featured member" section in the next issue. Sadly, that is not to be.
However, I think that expressions such as those found here and others would be a fitting substitute for inclusion in a special commemoration section about Steve in the next issue which will be published in mid-November.
Therefore, I would like to make an open call for comments about, and photos of, Steve Ciccalone. I know he served 22 years active duty in the Coast Guard, retired as a Commander (O-6) and remained active as a consultant in the maritime industry and was also very active with Model A restoration, so if anyone reading this knows folks in those circles who would like to submit material, I would really appreciate it if you can forward this to them. I will gladly carefully scan and return any original photos or other documents I receive.
Please e-mail me any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any other material may be mailed to me at home:
376 Black Rock Tpke
Redding, CT 06896
For my part, I will include a short note about my last conversation with Steve in July... we were discussing what color to paint my 1919 Henderson. The obvious answer is khaki green. However, John Pierce, who is painting it for me, had stripped the frame down and found incontrovertible evidence that the bike rolled out of the factory in bright fire engine red. It was such an alarming conclusion that John had Steve come over to take a look and confirm the finding, which he did. A few days later, Steve posted about it here on a new thread (Interesting 1919 Henderson Color (http://www.antiquemotorcycle.org/bboard/showthread.php?18181-Interesting-1919-Henderson-Color)), asking if anyone had ever seen a red Henderson. Steve thought I should probably paint it green because it would be easier for my kids or next owner to explain. I thought that sounded right, but then I thought more about it... and what my wife said, "that bike was BORN red." I hadn't gotten around to telling Steve I am going to have John match the original red, but I think he probably knew. In any case, I will remember him fondly and always.
big jesus 151
09-18-2011, 12:55 AM
Steve's Mass will be @ St. Catherine Church
Wednesday 9-21-11 - - 11 A.M.
285 Main St. Charlestown New Hampshire 03603
603 826 3359
big jesus 151
09-18-2011, 01:00 AM
Hey Billy, I will miss them, He was the man, what a voice !!! What FUN!! Carl
09-18-2011, 07:14 AM
My son Jared and I got the grand tour from Steve one day on our visit to kent's great guy great stories amazing collection...he will be missed by many...my prayers to his family and friends
Ron and Jared Roberts
09-18-2011, 06:18 PM
hey steve i will leave ya a yuengling at the front gate at jefferson as i always do ,,will miss you brother! jon szalay
Just found this online about our friend Steve. http://www.cgaalumni.org/s/1043/index.aspx?sid=1043&gid=1&pgid=1150
09-18-2011, 08:49 PM
Ed. Thanks for posting. Really a modern day hero as someone else noted earlier and more importantly a true great guy.
09-19-2011, 01:25 PM
My Condolences to his Family and Friends.
I hope I have this right.
His screen name was "Chicagohen", so being new and looking for other club members near me and not knowing anything about Henderson's I sent him a private message asking him if he was from the Chicago area because of his screen name.
Steve's response, "Most of and my favorite bikes are 1922 to 1930 Hendersons".
Rest in peace.
In yesterdays newspaper "The Hartford Courant" there was a very nice obituary on Steve and his life. If someone did a google search for it and knew how to cut and paste a link here it would be nice for everyone to see and it would be appreciated. ?? Thanks, 46el
09-20-2011, 07:14 AM
CICCALONE, Stephen Thomas
Stephen Thomas Ciccalone of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire died at his home Friday, (September 16). Steve was born in Hartford on June 11, 1952, the son of Joseph and Agnes (Kristof) Ciccalone. Steve was a graduate of East Catholic High School class of 1970 (Manchester, CT) and the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) class of 1975. At the Academy, Steve majored in History and had a successful athletic career as a member of the football and wrestling teams, ultimately inducted into the USCGA Athletic Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2009. Steve went on to serve as an officer in the United States Coast Guard for 22 years as a marine inspector, including a deployment during first Gulf War. He retired at the rank of Commander in July of 1997 due to being diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Originally given a prognosis of 5 years, he then went on to live the next 14 years pursuing a second career as the Designated Person for Norwegian Cruise Lines and as a private marine survey consultant. His love of history and all things mechanical led him to his life-long hobby, collecting antique cars and motorcycles. He was an active member of the Chesapeake and Yankee Chapters of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America and the Model "A" Ford Club of America throughout his adult life. Steve was widely regarded in these communities as having significantly contributed to the body of knowledge regarding accurate restoration. An animal lover, he also volunteered time for the Lab Rescue Club of the LRCP while stationed in Washington D.C.. He would foster Labrador retrievers of all sizes, ages, and health conditions, often permanently adopting dogs for which homes could not be found. A devoted son, father, and friend, Steve is survived by his parents, Joseph and Agnes, of Walpole, NH; his son David of Middletown, RI, his son Stephen, daughter-in-law Anne; and grandson Sean of Glastonbury; his long-time companion, Anne-Marie Haraldsen of Barrington, RI; his aunt Ann Salonia of Westbrook; and several cousins and countless friends across the United States.
Services are Wednesday, with a morning Mass at the St. Catherine Church in Charlestown, N.H. at 11 a.m. followed by a burial in the St. Peter's Cemetery in Walpole N.H. Fenton and Hennessey Funeral
09-20-2011, 03:11 PM
Im sorry to hear about the passing of Steve. Only great memories even when we were out there trying to get the same part or bike.
I will miss you Steve in was my pleasure knowing you
Have good ride!
09-21-2011, 07:50 PM
The Chesapeake Chapter would like you to join us for a celebration of Steve Ciccalone with pictures and stories in the WHITEROSE clubhouse at 7PM Friday
Secretary, Chesapeake Chapter
10-16-2011, 07:47 PM
I am very sorry to hear about Steve's passing. At Oley last year we shared a few drinks and reminisced about the time I showed up at White Rose club grounds and he yelled at me about parking my airstream. I yelled back and well we could share that in common, being stubborn hard headed Italians. We enjoyed drinking and talking about that at Oley.
Dear Steve, may the Lord keep you safe in the palm of his hand, and may the Lord's perpetual light shine upon you forever. God bless you,
your friend, Denise.
12-02-2011, 05:05 AM
I picked up my Yankee chatter news letter today and it was devoted to Steve very well done,you will be miss my friend.R.I.P.
12-16-2011, 12:46 PM
I hope everyone gets a chance to read what John Pierce wrote in the current AMCA magazine.
Some really great writing about Steve and great times.
I met Steve once several years ago and talked to him about Hendersons, what else.
If anyone reads this that was at Yellow House I want to know if Doc and Steve sang "Old man river", Sinatra sing it, 1946.
I had this song sent to me and thought of Steve singing it at one of his "concerts" http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=MZ35SOU9HTM
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