Silent Keys

Ed Morgan, VE3GX, has left us 1 November 2013. An active amateur radio operator for 75 years from the age of 17, Ed established the Amateur Radio Station and exhibit VE3JW at the Museum of Science and Technology. Charter and life member of the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club, and life member of the Quarter Century Wireless association Chapter 70. Ed served overseas for 4 1/2 years in 3 theatres of WWII, in England, India, and Burma and was the recipient of the Burma Star. Afterwards, Ed served aboard the Icebreaker N.B. McLean as the Chief Radio Officer. He was retired from the RCMP and DND. Obituary
Ed Holmes, VA3ED, has left us for a better place. We have few details, but according to a close friend he passed away in mid March 2013. In recent years Ed was active in the STP association and the VE3ZRR repeater and in HF field day activities. He served as a vice president and net manager and took the Saturday night net until it was no longer feasable. Some will recall after he moved from Plaunt St. in Renfrew into east end Ottawa he served the net from his car on the top floor of the St. Laurent Plaza parking lot. Quiet about his private life, he was a giving contributor to the association. He will be missed. Obituary
And another: NEWKIRK, Rodney "Rod" Harry 1922 - 2012 WW II Veteran (USA) VA3ZBB – W9BRD 
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 with heartfelt sadness that we announce the death of Rod. Beloved husband to Betty VE3ZBB.  Rod will be remembered for his extensive work and contributions to amateur radio. His column "How's DX" was a regular feature in the QST Magazine and more recently he made regular contributions to the site and to our association. He was inducted into the CQ Hall of Fame. A private family funeral has been held. Friends are invited to join Rod's family at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes (3440 Richmond Road, by Bayshore), on Thursday November 22nd from 2 until 4 p.m. for a celebration of Rod's life and a reception to follow from 4 until 5 p.m. (more...)
With great sadness, we announce the passing of another one of our patriarchs. Brian, VE3BRT. Brian passed away Friday, 14 September 2012. See obituary. Brian was a member of the CRRA from nearly the founding years of the Association, and for most of that time was the Treasurer. It was Brian to whom your membership dues and generous donations were funnelled for deposit in the Association bank account, and Brian who paid the bills. Brian was a regular attendee at the annual corn roast until recent years. Brian, we will miss your check ins from Mississippi Lake. Our sincerest condolences to Mardi and the family.
And with great sadness, we announce the loss of one of our patriarchs. Gil VE3BHA, founding member of our association, past president many times over, (see PastPresList.html ) and Thursday night net controller for the last many years passed away Friday August 26 2011. Eldon Gilchrist was born in 1928. See obituary  Gil saved the day many times by hustling up to the repeater site from his cottage/home on nearby Ferguson Lake. He will be remembered along with the early great names - Doug Pepper, Arn Petch, "Doc" Ringrose, and too many others to list. See his repeater history at  A regular attendee at the relatively recent Wednesday morning breakfast he has been missed for about a year while labouring under the affliction that took him, a type of cardiac failure. His unwavering politeness yet sharp wit and giving personality will be remembered.
Our condolences to his "ham wife" Laurie (who's brother was a ham too), son Syd VE3FML and daughter Cathy.
Gil, reserve a place for us and say HI to the Great Ham for us!  . . . - . -