Steve Cardinale

May 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

I just learned that Steve passed away on April 24 in the San Francisco Bay area where he spent a lifetime as a tower.

He sold out years ago and with his wife Jane moved to Palm Springs to retire. In his retirement, Steve became the trainer of both towers and other trainers for The California Tow Truck Association (CTTA) and conducted classes throughout the state and beyond. He also was a founding member of Friends of Towing, memorialized in the Hall of Fame and was always one of the first to show up at a tow show to help set up and man the trailer. I remember the CTTA show in San Diego some 25 years ago when Steve appeared in a wheel chair looking as though his life was all but over. But he came back quickly and I saw him only a year later at the Oregon show where he looked like a million bucks and was there to teach a class on towing.

His life was all about the towing industry. His passion was improving T & R in every way possible, making friends along the way. Several years ago CTTA commissioned a bronze bust of Steve which they donated to the Towing Museum in Chattanooga.

Even if you never knew him personally, he was your friend. There is a story about how he intervened in a dispute between two old friends on the west coast. With his Italian manners and accent, he could have easily passed for a “godfather” and indeed earned that title by playing an important role in settling that dispute.

Now Steve has gone to be with Jane and all the other wonderful people he loved.

Godspeed Steve

Be at peace