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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