August 17, 1951 – January 24, 2009
It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the peaceful passing of our dearest friend
and MTA International President, Darrell Steuer (Dabber to some, Maddabber to others), on
Saturday January 24, 2009 at 7;20am.
He fought a brave battle against the cancer and remained strong and positive throughout.
Darrell has been a key force in rebuilding our International club and each and every one of us
has been touched by his presence, his humour, his strong beliefs, his dedication, his determination
and his love for motorcycling and the MTA.
Darrell was a people person and he loved life.
Each of us hold fond memories of time spent with him.
He will be sorely missed by one and all.
Ride Free Dear Friend!!!!!!
President of MTA Ontario Chapter 1
MTA Life Member
Peacefully on Saturday, January 24, 2009 after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 57. Loving partner of Dawn-Marie McGarry. Father of David and Tracy. Grandpa of Jessie, Jordan, Jason and Dylan. Dear son of Ruth and Allan Martyn of Brantford. Dear brother of Donna Symes (John), and Paul Martyn (Cathy), brother in law of Judy Steuer and predeceased by John Steuer. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Sadly missed by Dawn-Marie’s children Ashley, Robert, Lisa and Jennifer and extended family. Sorely missed by his best friend Catie Newell. Friends and Family will be received at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel 1997 Dundas Street, East (at Wavell) London for visitation on Friday, February 6, 2009 from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. A Service of remembrance will be held in the chapel on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 1 p.m. (visitation one hour prior). In lieu of flowers donations to the London Regional Cancer Center gratefully acknowledged.
Donations to London Regional Cancer Center
Cheques are to be made payable to: LHSF – Cancer Program
And sent to:
London Health Science Foundation
747 Baseline Road East
London, Ontario, Canada
Darrell, my friend, ride on and be free forever.
-Keith & Bonnie Yedica
The one person in the club that really took Marla and me under his wing and introduced us to everyone, helping us really feel like a part of the family all these years. And he did that for everyone. He made us… them… everyone… a part of a great family.
Just a wonderful person. We’ll miss him greatly.
-Howie & Marla Klix
Darrell was such a fun person to be around. He will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
I just met Darrell for the first time at the West Virginia gathering.
It was obvious to me that he cared about our MTA organization as we respectfully will miss him.
With sympathy for the family and all his friends, may you rest in peace Darrell…
I can not express how shocked I was to hear about Darrell. I knew it was an uphill battle he was fighting but never allowed myself to believe he may not win. Darrell is at the top of the list of those that cared deeply about the success of the MTA. I can only believe Darrell is still watching us and I believe we will ride together again some day in a better place.
I’ve only known Darrell for a few months and he was already a GREAT friend. He will be SADLY missed..
Our prayers be with his family.
I can hardly believe my little buddy is gone. Not only was Darrell a great friend but he will be remembered as the man who saved the MTA when I joined back at Lake Lure. He did this by his inimitable ability to draw people together and lure the best of their abilites to the group.
I watched Darrell and spoke with him often during this process and was often left in awe at his enormous yet subtle tenacity to accomplish the goal. Truely it is uncommon for for such courage and foresight in one man.
D you will be missed by all in the MTA and I know other volunteer groups such as Civitan will also be saddened at our loss.
Until we ride togther again brother!
-Joel “Big Daddy” Bachhuber
We are very sorry to receive this news.
He was the most cordial person I’ve ever met and a pleasure to be around. At the ’08 National he seemed to be everywhere doing everything he could to make sure everyone had a good time. Condolences to his family and all his friends, who I have to believe is anyone who ever met him.
I’m shocked saddened and full of wisha’s, and could’sa. I will miss Darrell.
Please offer on behalf of myself and the Members of Texas Chapter 6 our sympathies and our prayers to his family and all who loved him.
We are shocked and saddened to learn of Darrell’s passing. Our deepest sympathy goes to Dawn-Marie and the family. I miss him already and I am sure that he was courageous in his fight to beat cancer.
Big Daddy, you said it well. Darrell was so tenacious, enthusiastic, and persuasive that you had to do your part to help him attain his vision for the MTA.
We were blessed to have Darrell as a friend. May God Bless his soul. Ride on, Darrell, ride on!
– Pawnee and Sue Ann
I have known Darrell for over 10 years now and I was tickled when he contacted me back in 2001 or so to get the London Ontario Chapter 1 (where he was one 1st chapter reps) back up and going. Then Don and I got to know him much better when we were in High River for V-Daze.
Then over the next few years we kept in contact and when I had to step down from the Board at Lake Lure, I was glad when he stepped up and eventually took over.
Darrell was one of the most dedicated and genuine MTA members I have ever known and there will be a large void left open with his untimely departure. He will surely be deeply missed by all of us who knew him and we all are much better off for the pleasure of his friendship.
The full memorial thread can be found at the MTA Forums.