I hesitate to post this without something more official in terms of confirmation, but according to a post over on PointBuzz, Pete Babic died Saturday of a massive stroke.
Pete was here from the start in 2000, and posted as recently as last week. In Cedar Point circles, he was a fixture and docked his boat in the CP marina. When he wasn't cycling coasters at CP he was skiing all winter. Totally at a loss for words.
I never met Pete, and always surely thought I’d run into him one day. Even so, this makes me sad. It’s weird how in an on-line community you feel like you get to know someone, if not one way then another.
I appreciated him for his knowledge and accurate memories of Cedar Point, combined with a sensible presence on the forums.
He also seemed like someone who made the most of his hobbies, and had a ball at life.
I’m so sorry.
This makes me sad. Pete didn’t post nearly as much here as he did on pointbuzz, and I think we had plenty of differing views, as well as similar views, but I enjoyed engaging with him and didn’t skip over his posts. Very sad.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
Didn't know Pete beyond his posts here, but I liked what he had to say most of the time. While that may not be much influence, it's still positive influence...and that's cool.
Crazy that this community has been around long enough that we've found ourselves saying goodbye to a few members in the last couple of years.
That is sad. I, too, enjoyed what he had to contribute. And in typical coaster nerd fashion, I have to compare numbers. I thought I was pretty long in the tooth around here, but my account is in the 1400's. He was #21. (Jeff, funnily enough, is 6).
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
There were test accounts before me. :)
Pete was on a bunch of our PointBuzz/CoasterBuzz mini-golf teams over the years, when we sponsored teams for the Firelands Red Cross fundraiser. Here's one from 2008:
Here is Pete's obituary, with info on where to donate:
Sad to hear of his passing. I remember him posting here way back when I started lurking here many years ago. He could be a little out there on occasion, but like so many people here, his posts were intelligent and came from a healthy appreciation of the hobby. His profile pic that showed up with his posts always made me laugh. I didn't know him beyond his online presence here, but it seems like that was pretty reflective of his personality. He looked good for someone his age for sure.
I too am saddened to learn of his passing. I never met Pete in real life either, but I always appreciated his contributions here and on Pointbuzz.
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Wow, this is very sad. I didn't know Pete personally either, but he was always one of those guys on here that I appreciated what he had to say most of the time. My sincere condolences to his family and those who knew him.
Here's a nice write up from Case...
What was his screenname? I never met him, but curious of his writings here. The link above takes me to a 404 page.
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https://coasterbuzz.com/Member/21 appears to be the correct URL
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