1948 - April 15, 2012

By Katherine Davis
Tuesday April 24, 2012 - 10:17:00 AM

Steve Drobinsky (63), proud owner of Ohmega Salvage died peacefully, April 15th, at his home in Oakland after a courageous battle with cancer.

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

He 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. Steve 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, he spoke fluent French and was both a wine and art connoisseur. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, 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 Monday April 23 at the First Church of Christ, Scientist Berkeley. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Steve Drobinsky Memorial Fund are welcome; please visit for further details.