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Robert “Bob” MacCallum 1937 - 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020   (7 Comments)
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Longtime ACE member Robert “Bob” N. MacCallum passed away on March 17, following a short bout with cancer. He had just turned 83. Bob’s health had declined in recent years, which curtailed his ACE and travel activities. Bob joined ACE in 1985 and was a familiar face at events, particularly those in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He rarely missed a Northeast Ohio regional event, KennyKon or Phoenix Phall Phunfest. Bob had frequently attended Cedar Point’s CoasterMania, Eastcoaster and No Coaster Con, as well as the occasional ACE national conference or ACE Coaster Con.

Born in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1937, Bob led an exciting life full of travels. An avid train buff, Bob preferred that method of travel, and he would often take long, cross-country train trips to meet with friends and visit amusement parks. He eventually traveled every Amtrak route in the United States.

Although he preferred trains, Bob was no stranger to jet travel. In 2001 he purchased a Round-the-World airline ticket and spent 32 days touring Asia and Europe. His love of travel took him to all 50 states and six of the seven continents. He developed a passion for roller coasters early on in life and had an enviable track record, including many historic and defunct wooden coasters that many ACEers likely never even heard of. When not riding roller coasters in the summer, he enjoyed downhill skiing in the winter.

In addition to ACE, Bob was a member of the National Amusement Park Historical Association, Great Ohio Coaster Club, Western New York Coaster Club, Euclid Beach Park Now, Akron Railroad Club and the NASA Lewis Ski Club.

Bob was an ardent photographer and filmmaker/videographer. His pictures and 8-mm films (and later videos) of trains and coasters, and of his travels, have been published in several books, newspapers and documentaries, including ACE News, RollerCoaster! and Guide to Ride 2000.

Outside of ACE, he had served as the president of the West Akron Kiwanis Club and president of the trustees for the Northminster Presbyterian Church. He was on the board of directors of Euclid Beach Park Now and was involved with the restoration and installation of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel at the Western Reserve Historical Society. He frequently gave slide and/or video presentations to various groups and produced an exhibit for the Cuyahoga County Library titled “Around the World in 32 Days.”

Bob retired in 1994 from the U.S. Defense Finance and Accounting Service agency in Cleveland, Ohio. He eventually settled into Rockynol, a retirement community in Akron, Ohio, where he frequently organized group activities for the residents, taught retirement classes and continued presenting slide shows of his travels.

Bob was known for his methodical and precise way of doing things — almost excessive at times. His quiet and reserved demeanor belied his passion for the excitement and thrill provided by roller coasters. Although he preferred classic wooden coasters, he rode them all. He was kind and gentle and loved spending time and having dinner with his friends, of which he had many. He will be sorely missed.

— Jeffrey Seifert, ACE Association Manager

Robert N. MacCallum is seen here at the center pole of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, PTC #19. Photo: John Marn. View full-sized image.


Greg A. Reyes says...
Posted Thursday, April 16, 2020
My time spent with Bob was not extensive by any measure but those times I treasure today. He clued me into Euclid Beach, Puritas Springs...all the Ohio locations. I remember him as a gentleman first and enthusiast of many things I too shared a passion for. The last time I encountered Bob was at Williams Grove. Our last ride together on a roller coaster found us surviving a roll-back experience... Rest in peace my friend.
Mike Matscherz says...
Posted Sunday, April 5, 2020
I first met Bob in 2002 when I attended my first CoasterBash!. I was selling home made DVDs at the time and Bob was one of my first customers. Every year he would come up to me and rave how much he enjoyed each season. Even after I stopped producing the videos, he still would come to asking when I would be making another DVD. Bob was always humble and would go out of his way to say thank you. I'll always remember his enthusiasm and passion for the industry.
Bill Linkenheimer III says...
Posted Saturday, April 4, 2020
Jeffrey Siefert did a great and thorough job capturing Bob's essence. He rarely missed a KennyKon or CoasterBash! event in Western Pennsylvania. We'll surely miss seeing him.
Tim Baldwin says...
Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Bob had his own schedule, but his passion for many things really shined. His love of photography was a top priority. Hopefully the many images he captured of parks and coasters now gone will still be able to be enjoyed.
Michael S. Horwood says...
Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020
I will certainly miss Bob, too. He loved hanging out with my late wife, Celia, and myself at events going back decades. As well, we would all team up with Rosemarie Kusold and the late Chuck Prior, two other long time friends of his (and ACE members). I will cheer myself up a bit knowing that he, Chuck and Celia are now loving and sharing in eternity's happiness.
Bruce R. Cassi says...
Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020
I met Bob on the Fourth of July, 1992 at Idlewild Park one year after I joined ACE. We were both traveling with friends across PA at the same time. At that time I had only been one or two ACE events and didn't know many people yet. Bob had on an ACE shirt and I was wearing a Knoebels shirt. We saw each other outside of the Rollo Coaster station and struck up a conversation. Over the years we would see each other during many other club events beside ACE. We would dine out with a large group of friends. Bob, often times would get teased about his love for butter and disdain for margarine. If I traveled through Ohio with Marty Moltz, Bob would meet us (and others) for lunch at Corrky & Lenny's in Chagrin. He was kind and soft spoken and very knowledgeable on many subject matters. I will miss seeing him at future events...
B. Derek Shaw says...
Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020
I knew him, however after reading Jeffrey Seifert's tribute, I now know much more about him. If only we could turn back the clock. RIP Bob. You're now up there riding roller coasters or on railroad train excursions. I suspect - both.