Stephen Louis Brodsky, age 72 of Antioch, California, passed away on January 17, 2020. Steve was born July 13, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, to Samuel and Sally Brodsky.
Steve had a mind for engineering from an early age. Among other things, he built his first radio in his teens. He graduated from Granada Hills High School in 1965. After high school, Steve enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served as an airplane electrician during the Vietnam War.
While serving, he spent time with the Special Forces. On one particular mission, the plane on which he was flying took enemy fire. The plane lost 2 engines and the landing gear was damaged. Steve cut a hole in the planes floor, went out with a tie down, and beat the landing gear down. In doing this selfless act, he helped save 35 people and paratroopers that day.
Steve could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. After his time in service to his country, he set out to earn an education. During his life, he earned four Bachelor’s Degrees, including Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics.
Steve worked for many years in the electronics and engineering industry, as well as being a consultant to companies across the globe. Throughout his career, Steve held many patents for his unique, ingenious inventions. He retired from BMW in South Carolina as Senior Design Engineer in 2005. Steve reunited with the love of his life, “Chris” in 2010. They were united in marriage in 2012 and were hopelessly devoted to one another.
Steve always had a project he was working on either for his home, friends, or the Pittsburg Yacht Club. Steve and Chris were active members at the Club. Steve was elected as Rear Commodore for 2020. He immensely enjoyed the club and helped out wherever he could. “No task’s too small”, as his friends always said.
Steve leaves behind his wife, Christine, son Chad Brodsky and wife Amanda, and daughter Wendi Brodsky, four grandchildren: Lacey Brodsky, CJ Brodsky, Sam Brodsky and Mattie Brodsky; his sister Linda Sims and husband Anson; and also many cousins, nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial will be held March 21, 2020 at the Pittsburg Yacht Club, 3 Marina Blvd. Pittsburg, Ca. 94565, beginning at 4pm. He will be interred in a veteran’s cemetery at Sacramento Valley Memorial Cemetery.
Donations in his honor can be made to either the Wounded Warriors or American Cancer Society.
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