With Great Sadness

It’s with great sadness I must tell you that my father in law Steve McKelvie has unexpectedly passed.

He had a love for anything mechanical since his childhood and when he was introduced to the rally community via my brother Mark, he discover an incredible outlet that combine his skill-set as and engineer by trade with a passion for cars.

Over the 18 years I knew him I got to see just how much joy this brought to him. Thank you for reading this blog for which is was so proud of and for being one of his many friends across the globe.

I can be reached at pjfr at aoldotcom if you’d like to connect or share a photo.

Stephen McKelvie, 67 of Franklin (originally of Shelburne, Ontario) passed away unexpectedly on January 16th. He was the devoted Husband of Shanna (Ruteck), beloved Father of Laura (Johnson) and Father-in-law to Mike, adored Baba to his granddaughters Eliza and Huntley.

He was also a loving son to Helen and her late husband Allan, Brother to Mary (Jones) and her late husband Patrick, Joanne (Jerome) and her husband Cliff. He will be missed by his nieces and nephews; Claire and her husband Fadil, David and his wife Ashley, Alex and his wife Chantal, and Sam and his wife Leanne.

Steve, an engineer by trade and heart could navigate you through the pipes of cities across the globe by day, and by weekend, through some of the best driving roads in the world with the auto rally community he cherished. He will be greatly missed by many, but his legacy and memories of an inability to retell a funny story without keeling over and laughing before it got funny, will stay with us forever.

Services will be held on Wednesday January 23rd at 11 am at Franklin Federated Church, 171 Main Street Franklin, MA, followed by a burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, and a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Franklin Federated Church.

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19 Responses to With Great Sadness

  1. Rich Bireta says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Steve’s family and friends. He will be missed by the rally community.

  2. Jeffrey Becker says:

    I am in shock. A great guy who got so much joy out of life. I always enjoyed his writings and I will miss them and him. RIP

  3. Silver Baron says:

    To Shanna, Laura and the complete McKelvie Family.
    The unbelievably sad news of Steve’s untimely passing has gripped and shaken me to my core for the last 2 days. Steve’s is leaving a deep void amongst friends, colleagues and the entire rally community, especially for me. I will be attending the ceremonies.

    • david says:

      To Shanna, Laura and all the McKelvie family,
      Our thoughts and sympathy are with you.
      Steve was an amazing, knowledgeable, ever patient, mentor to us in our rally efforts.
      Our little GR effort as “Team Phoenix” rookies would never have happened without Steve’s help and encouragement. Thank YOU!!
      I followed his always interesting blogs regularly and have always been struck by the depth and breadth of his articles that covered so many aspects of the motoring experience..
      Steve will be greatly missed.
      David Wells
      Peter McGuire
      “Team Phoenix”

  4. Kelly Dietrick says:

    Oh I am so sorry to hear that. I have been following his blog forever. His experiences and instructions have always given me hope that someday I would be able to rally with the best of them. And when the time came I would be prepared because of his great knowledge and passion. My thoughts are with your family. He will be missed.

  5. Corey Sherman says:

    My sincerest and deepest condolences. The community will be at a great loss. Steve was a kind, considerate and knowledgeable man.

    I had planned attend a STD rally with Steve – was looking forward to getting to hear his many stories and learn from him much – but circumstances resulted in my delay. Lesson to be learned: Carpe Deim!

    “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha

  6. EvanG says:

    I have very fond memories of Steve as a fellow navigator for a few years in Targa Newfoundland.
    And got to meet up with him again at a Lime Rock event several years ago.
    Steve always brightened my day, and we’ll all miss him.

  7. Marc Goldfarb says:

    Steve was one of the few automotive enthusiasts who never lost his fascination with all things automotive and rally. Reading his fabulously detailed posts after finding some forgotten piece of rally lore or hardware always reminded me of the reaction of a young child on Christmas morning. The excitement that he generated was genuine and infectious. Over the years we’ve run many rallies together and I still haven’t internalized his sudden departure. His last checkpoint passed, may he enjoy the peace of that final podium.

  8. George A. says:

    Sad to read this post. RIP Steve.

  9. fiascorally says:

    I always enjoyed Steve’s stories, his love of cars, rally, and his family. We didn’t have too many personal interactions, but I respected him greatly. Peace to him and his family. He will be missed.

  10. tony kloosterman says:

    My sincere Condolences, I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Steve during the Targa Newfoundland events from 2005-2007, always helpful and full of insights. I always looked forward to reading his blog here regularly.

  11. Greg G says:

    Will miss his observations and comments. Condolences to his family and friends. May his gravel be smooth, his tarmac be twisted and his score card be zeros.

  12. When someone close to you is taken suddenly it is extremely difficult to deal with the loss.
    My condolences go out to Shanna, Laura and all the McKelvie family.
    I have known Steve both professionally and personally for ten years and have rallied with him a number of times.
    His skills as a Professional Engineer and Rally Navigator were something really special.
    I partnered with him last year to develop a significant Rally that I could never have done without his expertise and friendship.
    We spent many long hours in my truck setting up the event where we spoke of much more than just Rallies. We covered every topic you could think of; including his boyhood growing up in Canada and his family.
    He told me one time that he felt so fortunate to have lived the life he had; being able to see his grandchildren and to travel to many parts of the globe and meet so many interesting people.
    We had been discussing his third upcoming trip to Monte Carlo just last week.

    He will be missed greatly by his family/friends and entire the Rally community.

    Rest in peace my friend.

    Gary J. Hamilton

  13. Brian & Ken Jarvis says:

    Our chats during Targa Newfoundland are fondly remembered. RIP Steve

  14. Marie Gunnerson says:

    I just learned of Steve’s passing today. Had I heard before I would have attended his services.

    I am very sorry to hear of this sudden and sad event and send my deepest sympathies to his family and friends. I met Steve at work 24 years ago and kept touch after he left PB, but not enough as I wish I had now. He loved to tell stories and his laugh was infectious and I was fortunate to hear his stories first hand. I was always in awe of someone who could ride as the navigator in a rally car. Steve would talk about cars and I would sometimes see him at Larz Anderson Lawn Events and it was always a pleasure to hear what he was up to and his insights of what we might be looking at.

    After hearing of his passing I came here and learned of his new to him car and found we had more to talk about. I will miss Steve and the world won’t quite be the same without him.

  15. This is sad news, indeed. My condolences to Steve’s family. I had just reconnected with Steve after several years. Met him at Targa Newfoundland. He was so helpful; it seemed to be his nature.

  16. Gary Spicer says:

    I just checked Steve’s blog hoping to catch an update on the Monte Carlo historic rally, and found this post instead. What a shock.

    I didn’t know Steve and while I was hoping to get to the GAMRR last year to meet him and Gary and to participate in that event, it wasn’t in the cards.

    I will miss his knowledge and insights, as well as the nostalgic perspective he took on rallying and cars in general.

    My condolences to his friends and family. He will be sorely missed.

    R.I.P Steve.

    Gary Spicer

  17. Mike Sutter says:

    I cyber-stumbled upon Steve’s blog a few years ago while searching for some technical details on an old rally computer. Although Steve’s blog didn’t offer details on my particular computer, I liked his site and bookmarked it. Over the last few years I found myself checking in on Steve’s adventures and acquisitions on a regular basis. Having just returned from an overseas trip I got online to see what was new in the NE rally world and saw the post about Steve’s passing.

    I never met Steve, never commented on his blog, and have motorsports interests that focus more on road racing than rallying, but I’ll miss checking in on him from time to time, reading his technical descriptions, event reports, and his historical pieces. I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

    M. Sutter
    Ramona CA

  18. Charlville says:

    Really sorry to hear of his passing 😦

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