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February 27, 2014

Local Cub Scouts preparing for Pinewood Derby

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Ada —

What a great example of the Scout Law he was and particularly the first eight parts — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful — as he helped Cub Scouts get ready for the Pinewood Derby. They came to his house with parents in tow to work on cars. He loaned out his tools. He welcomed phone calls and emails. He spent hours working with Cub Scouts and their single moms (and sometimes dads!) who had never used tools or didn’t own tools but wanted to be able to build a car with their sons. Steve was all too happy to make that happen. 

He was always happy to help out at any pack, district or council derby. He would arrive with his big box of tools, spare parts, weights, scales and more, as well as a big smile on his face. He wanted every derby, big or small, to be the best it could be for every Cub Scout there. 

When Steve talked, everyone listened because he was an expert in the Pinewood Derby field. He had a track at his home, and his hobby was building cars. And when they were ready, he carefully packaged them up and mailed them to Atlanta, where a group raced the cars sent in from all over the USA and the world down their track. One of Steve’s cars set and — as far as anyone in Ada knows — still holds the track record. Yes, from the hundreds, if not thousands, of cars sent in over the years by engineers, scientists, graduate students and hobbyists from around the globe, the best time ever recorded was by a car built by Steve. He loved to build the cars, but he also knew each car he built would make him better at helping local Cub Scouts with their cars. 

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