SteveHeadshot2Steve Coburn

Sad news to pass along: long-time NCNO member Steve Coburn passed away on May 30th after suffering a stroke. The following was posted on the INOA group:

Following a massive stroke, Steve died May 30 in Charlottesville, Virginia. To those of us who knew him well, he will be sorely missed. He had so much more to contribute and so many more people to touch with his unique attributes of generosity, warmth, enthusiasm, spirit of adventure, and a wonderful, fearless, if somewhat outspoken intellect.

SteveBikeRearAmong his many accomplishments were the founding of the Northern California Norton Owners Club; The formation of the BMW Oilheads Club and the stewardship of its magazine, The Oil Rag, a BMW sanctioned periodical; A life-time BMWMOA Ambassador, he was also a respected member of the BMWRA; A longtime editor of the Blue Ridge Beemers Club Newsletter; An early pioneer of sleep disorders research and therapist, he saved my nephew’s life, having instructed him by phone at the eleventh hour, to say little of the countless articles he wrote on the subject of sleep apnea and sleep deprivation and their effects on riders.

Steve is survived by his sister Sue and brother Tim. I am informed by his loving friend, Cathy Dunn, that Steve passed away on his mother’s birthday. Cathy has told me she welcomes all who may wish to call at: 434 465 1948. Many are discussing a memorial and Steve shepherded a number of causes, many of which I was unaware, i.e., Pediatric Brain Tumor, etc.

SteveBikeSantaFor my own part, the roads and landscapes we all know and love suffice…. Steve is there

-—Bob Shelton, May 2006, from INOA Yahoo Group

Newspaper Obituary for Mr. Steven Campbell Coburn

November 08, 1949 – May 30, 2006

Steven Campbell Coburn, 56, of Keswick, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 in a local hospital.

Born November 8, 1949 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Dr. Alvin Coburn and Agnes Cooke Coburn.

He is survived by his wife, Laurian E. Cannon; one brother, Tim Coburn of Menlo Park, CA; and one sister, Susan Humphrey of Weybridge, VT.

Stephen and Laurian were classmates at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, Class of 1967. Stephen graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio.

As a high mileage rider, Stephen spent the last ten years of his life writing and publishing “The Oil Rag”, a publication dedicated to BMW motorcycle riding and touring.