Steve Albers, a Tacoma businessman and board member for several charities, died at Harborview Medical Center Friday after a bicycling accident during Thursday’s Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day (RAMROD) event, according to the Redmond Cycling Club.
While on the 152-mile ride, Albers, 60, fell during a descent from Inspiration Point to Box Canyon, according to the cycling club, which organizes the ride every year. He suffered severe head and torso trauma from the fall, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
In addition to founding and running his own insurance company, Albers & Co., Albers generously gave his time and money to civic causes, according to The News Tribune. He was board member for the Pierce County Library System, Tacoma Goodwill and United Way of Pierce County.
“Steve’s probably the most generous and wonderful person you’d ever meet,” his longtime friend Ray Tennison told the newspaper. “He saw himself as part of the community and that he should give back.”
He lived in Lakewood with his wife, Donna, according to the News Tribune.
A memorial service for Albers will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Fircrest Golf Club, according to his company’s website. It also says donations made in his memory may be made to United Way of Pierce County, Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare or the Pierce County Library Foundation.