Tom Wrinch VE7AMM, a radio amateur for approximately 60 years, and a well-known and respected teacher in the Shuswap School District, succumbed on March 22, 2017 to the ravages of a longstanding illness dating back to a workplace explosion in Trail while he was still a teenager.
John Sansom VE7BOZ became a Silent Key on March 28, 2017 peacefully at home in his 90th year.
John is well-known among the teaching fraternity, having been the vice-principal and then principal of Shuswap Junior Seconday, for a period of about 15 years, retiring in 1987.
Hans Berls was born in Bremen, Germany and immigrated to Canada after the Second World War. He landed in Montreal, worked on farms, and moved to Kitchener, Ontario where he met Marianne Kuerzel whom he married on December 5, 1953. Hans and Marianne lived in Calgary for a number of years and then in the sixties moved to Texas and Mississippi with his young family where Hans did contract work. Finally they moved to Salmon Arm in 1969, taking up residence on ten acres in Sunnybrae. Hans was a masonry contractor for many years known for quality brick and concrete work. He built a great number of the early concrete-block buildings in Salmon Arm.
The following is a detailed Remembrance of Tosh sent over the holidays to Bill VE7KDK and Jenny VE7KIY with best wishes to them and to all club members from Ken and Eileen Kajiwara with appreciation for us “being so respectful and friendly to both him and my mom.”
Adrien Joseph Bouvier of Okanagan Falls passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 after a lengthy courageous battle against cancer at the age of 83.
VE7TIS — his call sign says it all: T. I. S. : This is Santa.
With his long white hair and flowing beard, Noel bore a remarkable likeness to Santa throughout the year. It is difficult to imagine anyone looking more the part.
Tosh became a Silent Key on Tuesday, March 12, 2014 peacefully in the home of daughter Eileen and son-in-law Ken Kajiwara. He had recently taken a fall at the Edith Cavell Independent Living facility after which his regular weekend visits with the family became full time.
ODE TO SILENT KEYS
We twist the dial and listen
for fists that are not there;
then sadly we remember
they are no longer on the air.
The signals that once streaked across
the silent, empty sea –
The Chief of all the Universe
has ‘broken’ — “QRT.”
We are sad to announce that Doug Gray became a Silent Key on Monday, February 11, 2013 while in Palliative Care in Bastion after a long illness. There will be no formal service, but Doug’s wife Shirley has indicated that in a few weeks, there will be a small gathering of radio amateurs who have known Doug well. We will keep you informed.
We are sad to inform you that John VE7ASC became a Silent Key at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on Saturday, February 3, 2013. Daryl Chipman VA7DBC is in contact with John’s family. As soon as any update is received, we will post the information here as a revision to this post.