The following club members are memorialized in a tribute to their contributions
to the NORAC community and to Amateur Radio.
Though their stations are now quiet, we honor them still.
|CALLSIGN / NAME||WENT SILENT||INFO|
|VE7FN - Agnes Martinsen||Jan 10th 2013||
Agnes will be missed by sons Wayne (Louise) Abbey of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lloyd (Fran) Abbey of Barriere, BC, and daughter Sharon Reid of Enderby, BC. Agnes is also survived by sister Betty Wilson of Kamloops, BC, brother Bruce Dale of Powell River, BC, sisters-in-law Ivy Dale of Vernon, BC, and Mary Dale of Enderby, BC, brother-in-law Vern Wilson of McLure, BC, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Left to cherish her memory are seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Agnes was predeceased by husband Louis Abbey of 100 Mile House, BC, and husband George Martinsen of Vernon, BC.
Agnes was a homemaker but found time to work for a packing house in Winfield, BC. She also enjoyed being a Ham Radio operator with the Vernon Ham Radio Club.
|VE7ZAV Duncan Zavislake||Dec 21st 2012||Duncan is deeply missed as husband of 30 years to Evelyn, brother to Colleen, and Dad to the family dogs: Micro, Benson, & Beau, as Nephew, Cousin, and Uncle to many family members, and as VE7ZAV to the Ham Radio community.
Duncan was known far and wide for his technical expertise, willingness to help others, never-ending captivating stories, and would always have the requisite part in his basement — somewhere!
Duncan was partner with Jack, Ben & Corry of Vella Radio; a thriving communications business in Salmon Arm. A previous oil-exploration career landed Duncan in countries all over the world, and he was a Lifetime Member of NORAC.
Family, associates, and friends are grieving and seeking solace in knowing Duncan’s heart failed while doing what he loved — troubleshooting a technical issue for a client.
|VE7EGA Norm Sanderson||Oct 6th 2012||
Born in Grand Prarie Alberta Norm continued to love the wide open spaces, especially touring with friends through B.C. and Alberta, and western U.S. on his motorcycle. Having fond memories of all of B.C., harvest time in the Peace River Country was one of his favorite places. Norm loved spending time with his family, friends, Ham Radio and various tinkering
|VE7DGB Don Berg||December 8, 2011|
|VE7TOR Vic Shewchuck||September 16, 2011|
|VE7DOB Mary Mitschke||June 20, 2011||Mary was born on July 18th, 1933 in Calder, Saskatchewan and was called Home to be with her Lord on June 20th, 2011 in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 77 years, after many years of failing health. She had been a resident of Vernon since 1970. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband John, to whom she was married for 52 years; two sisters, Katie Adam of Regina, Saskatchewan and Verna (Bill) Schrader of Calgary, Alberta; two brothers, Peter (Muriel) Horaska of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Willard (Charlene) Horaska of Regina, Saskatchewan; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John & Dora Horaska; two brothers, George Horaska and Matthew Horaska; and two sisters, Ruth Nagel and Hazel Moffat.|
|VE7WI Herb Turner||December 2, 2010||
We are sad to announce that after a long struggle with cancer, Herb Turner VE7WI became a silent key at Shuswap Lake General Hospital overnight Thursday, December 2.
|VE7WJL Wifred (Willy) Joseph Leboe||October 27, 2010||Became silent on his 91st year in Abbotsford BC|
|VE7AA0 William (Bill) Edward Grant||June 29, 2009||It is with great sorrow we wish to announce the passing of Bill in the early morning of June 29, 2009 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
Bill was born in 1923 on the Gaspe coast of Quebec but lived most of his life in British Columbia.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Mildred (Mickey) of 54 years as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many close friends.
During World War II, Bill served in the R.C.A.F overseas as a wireless operator. After the war he was with the Government of Canada and served the First Nations people as an agent in Northern B.C. and Yukon. Later, he and Mickey settled in Vernon, B.C. where they developed and operated Okanagan Terrace Mobile Home Park. Bill also spent many years as a Real Estate agent in the Vernon area. May he rest in peace. VE7AAO
|VE7LX George William Harker||May 20, 2009||HARKER George William (Bill) 1915 - 2009 Bill, aged 94, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2009, at Polson Extended Care in Vernon, BC. He is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Linda and grandson Don as well as numerous other grandchildren. Bill was employed by the Department of Transport throughout his working career and was a well known ham radio member, VE7LX.
|VE7PE Len Hoover||January 8, 2009||Len was instrumental in the establishment of a packet radio network throughout the interior as well he was the sysop for the VE7PE packet BBS that ran for many years in Vernon. He was awarded a Lifetime Membership by NORAC in 1996 for his past dedication to helping found NORAC, and for his many years of service to the club. He will be sadly missed.|
|VE7ARE Gordon Lider||April 8, 2007|
|VE7JBY Joseph Byrne||Dec 26, 2006|
|VE7FE George Martinsen||June 4 2006|
|VE7DE Lauie Devitte||May 7 2006|
|VE7PCP Frank Pearson||December 6, 2005||Frank Pearson passed away on December 6th, 2005, aged 88, with his family by his side. Frank was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1917 and was 10 years old when he moved with his family from Penticton to Vernon. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Isobel, sons Terry (Anne) of Victoria, Leigh (Anita) and daughter Dodie (Bob) Lindley of Vernon. He leaves his Grandchildren, Taya, Katie, Michael and Lauren and sister Stella Balcombe.|
VE7EFY Lorraine Hendry
Nov. 24 2005
VE7MKD Ann Castrucow
|Nov. 5 2005|
VE7BAJ Louis Melanson
|Nov. 5 2005|
|VE7EFM James Hendry||Nov. 2 2005|
|E7SO Walter Joe||Sept. 22, 2005||Founding Father - Director on the first NORAC executive, October 2 1975|
|VE7ALB Fred Amberger||Feb 8 2005||Founding Father|
|VE7DMK Earl Fey||Jan 12 2005|
|ex VE7FN Roy Guild||Dec 22 2004|
|VE7DKY Art Spence||Nov. 10 2004||Founding Father, first Vice President October 2 1975|
|VE7IS Bill Hackett||Oct 22, 2004||Bill first got his Ham Licence back in 1938|
|VE7MK Mike Castrucow||Feb 5, 2004||Founding Father, NORAC Director|
|VE7EO Laurie Wright||Jan 10, 2004||
Reporter for Okanagan Amateur Radio Club 1930’s bulletin – The Amateur. Wright of Wright & Thorburn Radio.
|VE7HW Bill Thorburn||June 17, 2003||NORAC Secretary, Vice President and President during the 1980's and Treasurer 1990-91. Technical Committee 1990’s|
|VE7KWI Nan Halsey||
|VE7MRT Myrtle Frazer||2000|
|VE7KDS Robert Boss||Mar 13, 1999||1998 NORAC Amateur of the Year and a NORAC Director. Taught Amateur Radio Course|
|VE7RIP Arthur Ripley||Dec 12, 1998||NORAC Treasurer. Sky High Hamfest Co-chairman|
|VE7DUO Bob||?||NORAC Director 1996-1997|
|VE7EGO Norm Simon||March, 1993||Founder of the Sunday Morning 2 metre net and longtime Ragchew editor|
|VE7BIM James Pringle||Feb 7, 1991||Organized a Social group for Hams and was its first secretary. Steering group to form NORAC. NORAC Director. Founding Father|
|VE7BCT Mike Webb||Aug 3, 1991||
|VE7JW Al Saunders||
||First licenced in Moose Jaw in 1921- NORAC Director|
|VE7ADU John Ratcliffe||
||lived in Burton but checked into the NORAC net|
|VE7WP Wally Porter||
|| First President of Social group. Steering committee to form NORAC. NORAC Director.
|VE7KQ Jack Fuhr||
|VE7BV Eric Hall||
||Steering committee to form NORAC. Founding Father|
|VE7YS Bernie Roze||
||Original call VE5CX in 1928. Second President of Social group. Steering committee to form NORAC. Founding Father|
|VE7DKI Truman Locheed||
|VE7DMA Trevor Molitor||
|VE7ELM Wally Everitt||?|
|VE7FM Albert "Woody" Wood||
||One of the first amateurs in the Okanagan – licenced 1923. President of the Okanagan Radio Club 1930’s. Steering committee to form NORAC. NORAC Director. Founding Father|
|VE7CAE Jack Comley||
||Suggested name – North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club. Founding Father|
|VE7DD - George Dover||?|
|VE7VSC - Justin Peter||?|
|Other NORAC Silent Keys - no further info at this time