Steven Roger Hackenberg

Aug 1, 1949 - Sep 27, 2012

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I only met Steve once, at a conference in Chicago, but as we discussed his early days at Candle and his depth of systems knowledge, I quipped: "I should create a T-shirt for you that reads: 'Real men dream in Assembler!'" I've never forgotten the hearty laugh that comment elicited. A very belated RIP. T

Steve was unique and always came across as a genuine person. I first met Steve in March of 1986 when he was running Support. In various Candle circles we each belong to inevitably names from our Bundy and Water Garden pasts do come up as we get to relive and reminisce about the earlier Candle days together. Steve is and shall always remain fondly remembered.

Godspeed my friend. You were more than a mentor, you were, and still are my friend. Always there when I needed help. I am a better person for hanving had the privilidge of knowing you. I will miss you.

Our deepest sympathy to Steve's family. I met Steve through the SHARE organization and as a Candle customer. Although I would generally only get to see him a couple of times a year at the SHARE conferences, Steve made a lasting impression as probably the most positive and upbeat person I have ever met. It was impossible to stay in a down mood when Steve was around. His laughter and smiles were truly infectious.

Steve, you stay alive in my memory - /Paul Saers (in Sweden)

All of us have fond memories of Steve. One of my fondest dates back to the late eighties. A number of Candlers attended the monthly meetings of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG) in downtown LA. Each month a member or guest speaker would give a presentation of interest to the group. One month, Steve gave a presentation on Omegamon. What made it so memorable was that he did the entire presentation in character as Lt. Columbo, complete with rumpled trench coat, cigar, mannerisms and speech....

Steve Hackenberg was a very special person. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Steve for many years.
To his family, Gail, Stefanie, Timothy, Kathleen, and Gunnar I want to extend my sincere condolences.

During his incredible career working as a systems engineer he was also part of another family at Candle Corporation.
Steve was much more than a system engineer. Candle had a special "mystique" and Steve was a key part of that.


This is my 2nd posting, but I wanted the share a few personal stories about Steve...everyone has reminded me about how much pride he took in dressing well in his perfectly fitting suits...I can remember being with Steve at tradeshows in our kakhi's and corporate golf shirts...and you would have thought we asked Steve to stand there in his underwear, he was like a fish out of water without his suit. The Firehawk that I had the "pleasure" of getting driven in during rush hour when I...

Steve was the best!!!! He was the most loyal, smart and enertaining friend you could have. I hired him at Canlde and boy was I in for some fun years. When I interviewed him, he asked me "Wasn't I going to ask him how he felt about working for a woman?" (this was in 1981!). He was a trooper. A great team member and always ready to help in any way. Customers loved him and the sales people all wanted him to cover their accounts. He was a sharp dresser and rumor has it that...


Steven's Obituary

Steven Roger Hackenberg, born August 1, 1949 in Lewisburg, PA, passed on in his home in Allen, TX September 27, 2012. He is survived by his sister Gail Restivo, his daughter Stefanie Lyn Hackenberg, his son Timothy Albert Hackenberg, his daughter-in-law Kathleen Erickson, and grandson Gunnar...

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