Roger Kallins, age 74, Ormond Beach, FL, passed away on August 24, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in London, England on October 25, 1938 to the late Emile & Eve (Freedman) Kallins. At age 15, he moved with his parents to Miami, FL. He served in the U.S. military as a radio operator and photo journalist before settling in the Los Angeles, CA area where he spent several years racing sportster bikes, fine-tuning motorcycle performance and co-founded XRV Performance. His skill with sportster bikes earned him the reputation as an expert in the area. He built specialty bikes for the motion picture industry, including four bikes for the Terminator 2 movie and also for private clients, including Jay Leno and Arnold Swartznegger. Roger was truly a Renaissance man. He traveled and worked throughout Europe and was an accomplished musician, photographer/photo journalist, camera repairman, and motorcycle innovator whose work was published in industry magazines. An avid jazz enthusiast, he photographed musical greats such as Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Elvin Jones, Don Ellis, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. In 2004 he returned to Florida to care for his mother until her death in 2010. For the last few years, he did consulting work at Bruce Rossmeyer's Harley Davison as a dyno -specialist and was part of the team working on the restoration of Neil Armstrong's Corvette. His love of photography continued throughout his life. He was a former member of the Casement Camera Club and for the last two years, he worked at Clem's Classic Cameras in Daytona Beach as a camera consultant and repairman. Roger is survived by his dear friend and caregiver, Patty Darlington, his photography pal Clem Colonnese and his wife, Brenda, his faithful dog Holly, and a host of treasured friends who held a special place in his heart. He lived life to the fullest and always felt blessed with the wonderful experiences he enjoyed. A celebration of his life will be held at the Bear Creek Clubhouse #1 on Friday, October 25th from 4-8pm. RSVP to Clem Colonnese at 386-738-0549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 20, 2013