Steve Drobinsky: Turned salvage into gold at Ohmega

Steve Drobinsky: proud owner of Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley for over 30 years

Steve L. Drobinsky, proud owner of Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley, died peacefully on April 15, at his home in Oakland after a courageous battle with cancer.

Drobinsky, who was 63, was born in Estelline, South Dakota and grew up in Los Angeles. He ran Ohmega for over 30 years, turning salvage into gold and establishing a landmark in the East Bay.

Drobinsky was an early and passionate proponent of recycling and reuse who loved his work and deeply appreciated the quality and beauty of things from the past. He was a loyal friend and unwitting mentor, beloved by his employees, and an inspiration to our community.

An accomplished artist, photographer, architectural preservationist, and world traveler, Drobinsky spoke fluent French and was both a wine and art connoisseur.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine, who will take over the running of Ohmega Salvage, her children Rhea and Carter Cassel, and Coleman Davis; his sister Mimi Curtis and her children Morgan, Whitney, and Austin Curtis; and his sister Rochelle Erde and her children.

A memorial service was held on Monday April 23 in Berkeley. The Steve Drobinsky Memorial Fund  a 501.3c is being established to award grants for reuse projects. Donations to the Fund are welcome; please visit Ohmega Salvage for further details.

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  • FranHaselsteiner

    This is sad news. I have stopped in here and there since I moved to the neighborhood in 1984. Steve was like a friend. It has been a pleasure to see the business grow over the years. It’s an important part of the community. I will miss seeing Steve. Best wishes to the family. 

  • batard


    Urban Ore could learn a few things from Ohmega. 

  • TN

    My recollection is that the owners of Urban Ore and Omega Salvage were once partners. Their preferred ways of doing business were very different.

  • I’m Jes’ Sayin’

     For the record, many would consider it in extremely poor taste to use the passing of Mr. Drobinsky to take a random pot shot at Dan Knapp.

  • Paul Myers

    Steve was a great guy, fun to chat with, and a good salesman.  I’ll miss him (and have missed him) every time I visit the business.  Paul Myers