Paul Augustine, W1BMQ SK

Photo Credit: Armand F. Augustine, W1BUG

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Paul E. Augustine, W1BMQ of Somerset.  Paul passed away at age 55 at 12 noon on Saturday, April 15, 2018 at Western Massachusetts Hospital following a long battle with dementia.  He was the son of SEMARA member Armand F. Augustine, W1BUG and the the late Lydia (Paulino) Thibault.  Born in Fall River, he was married for 31 years to Karen (Rozycki) Augustine.  Computers and spending time with his daughters were among his favorite pastimes.  Paul’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Boyko Funeral Home in Fall River, with a mass to follow at Good Shepard Church on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

Please share your thoughts and memories of Paul using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to Armand and his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

W1BMQ

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Bill Vincent, W1POW, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member William L. Vincent, W1POW of Dartmouth.  Bill passed away at home on Sunday, December 31, 2017 surrounded by his family at age 92.  He was a ham radio operator since 1992; originally assigned the call sign N1LTY before getting his vanity call sign W1POW which reflected his past.

Mr. Vincent was held as a German Prisoner of War (POW) for eight months during World War II while serving in the European Theater.  During that war, he attained the rank of Private First Class.  Besides ham radio, Bill was also a member of the American Legion, the Rod & Gun Club and he worked for Nabisco as a delivery man until his retirement.  He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Gloria M. (Botelho) Vincent.

Please share your thoughts and memories of Bill using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to Gloria and his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

Thank you for your service, sir.

W1POW

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Angelo “Charlie” Puzo, W1VPB, SK

Angelo “Charlie” Puzo died suddenly on November 26, 2017 after a short illness.  He was born January 23, 1933 and grew up in Worcester.  He is survived by his wife Michele (Joseph) Puzo, son John Puzo and significant other Nancy Moscato, daughter Maria Buhl and husband John, son Jared Wall and wife Kendra, four grandchildren Daniel & Jacob Buhl, Jackson & Everleigh Wall.  He leaves behind his sister Barbara Puzo Apholt of Hubbardston, MA.  He was predeceased by his son Joseph, 1982, and brother Richard Puzo, 2013.

He passed the Novice Class License exam as a teen.  Since then he has held the call letters W1VPB and has been active in the Barnstable, Provincetown and Orleans Amateur Radio Clubs.  At the age of 82, he passed the Extra Class exam and was a volunteer examiner.  Charlie joined SEMARA in October 2016.

Donations can be made to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod.

Condolences to his family.

Art Marshall, W1FJI, SK

Arthur (Art) Souza Marshall, Jr., 79 of New Bedford, Massachusetts passed away October 25th in Tallahassee, Florida due to complications following cancer surgery.

Art, W1FJI, a ham radio operator since his youth, was a member of SEMARA since 1954.  He enjoyed ham radio, making many friends and touching many lives.

Art leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Janet (Raczka) Marshall of Dartmouth, his only child Jenna (Marshall) Eddy, his son-in-law David Eddy, and his grandson Tyler Eddy, all hailing from Tallahassee, Florida.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Dave Dean, K1JGV, SK

2016-05-17

Photo Credit: Michael Ponte, W1BZJ

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member David G. Dean, K1JGV of Dartmouth.  Dave passed away on the morning of Tuesday, May 17, 2016.  He was 77 years old.  Dave was a kind gentleman and an all around nice guy who had a strong passion for the things he did.  At SEMARA, he will always be remembered as one of our most dedicated buildings and grounds members.

Please share your thoughts and memories of Dave using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to Amy and his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

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John Williams, KB1EVY, SK

2016-02-11

Photo Credit: David H. Pascoe, KM3T; WRTC Station Test 2013

It is with great regret that we announce the tragic passing of John E. Williams, II, KB1EVY of East Wareham at age 70.  John passed away prior to noontime on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  According to NBC 10 (WJAR, Providence), police officers had executed a well-being check at his 118 Glen Charlie Road home and discovered his body.  He suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and it is unknown at this time who the suspect(s) is/are.

Although not a SEMARA member, John was very active on the air.  According to his QRZ page, he owned a Kenwood TS-530S and TS-440S for HF where he was active primarily on 75 and 15 meters.  He was also periodically on 2-meters across various local repeaters.

Share your thoughts and memories of John using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

KB1EVY, SK

Don Mara, WA1PLT, SK

2016-01-31It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Donald A. Mara, WA1PLT of Dartmouth.  Don passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11:30 AM.  He was 87 years old.  Don was still active in recent months and also attended several SEMARA business meetings in 2015.  President Marcel, W1MLD adds:

So sorry to hear about Don WA1PLT SK. He was always so interested in amateur radio and SEMARA. He will be missed.

Share your thoughts and memories of Don using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to Rachel and his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

WA1PLT, SK

William M. Pasternak, WA6ITF, SK (1942-2015)

2015-07-29On June 11, 2015, the amateur radio community lost a well-known media voice, when Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF passed away following a period of illness.  Bill was co-founder (with Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP) of Amateur Radio Newsline™ (formerly The Westlink Report) way back in 1976.  He was also the originator of the Young Ham of the Year Award.  Bill primarily remained behind the scenes, however he was sometimes heard as a reporter on Newsline itself, which airs Sundays at 8:00 PM on the 147.000 repeater.  As SEMARA extends its sympathy to Bill’s family, please take a moment to view this video tribute to Bill on the Amateur Radio Newsline™ site.

Ed Duclos, WA1ZCB, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Edmond F. Duclos, WA1ZCB.  Tim, N1TI posted these photos on SEMARA’s Facebook page.  Dave, W1DJG adds:

Sorry to hear this but Don N1PMB is reporting [that] Ed Duclos WA1ZCB has passed away!! He was a GREAT FRIEND and MENTOR… He will be missed!!

We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

WA1ZCB, SK

Ed’s obituary as it appeared in The Herald News on Sunday, May 19, 2013:

A former resident of Fall River and Swansea, MA, Captain Edmond (Butch) F. Duclos Jr., 70, passed away on May 4th, 2013. Mr. Duclos fought his diagnosis of cancer with the same strength, determination, stubbornness and optimism that he faced all aspects of his life.

Mr. Duclos was born February 6th 1943, in Fall River Ma, to Jeanne (Blanchette) and Edmond Duclos Sr. He was employed by General Motors in Framingham MA and a proud member of the UAW for thirty years. Prior to his career at GM he served in the Air Force. A licensed Captain, Butch owned and operated a successful fishing and SCUBA diving business during the 1980Â’s and 1990Â’s. Butch loved doing anything outdoors, especially being on, in and under the water. Mr. Duclos was avid angler who enjoyed fishing for striped bass, tuna and swordfish off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

A self-taught expert of all things electrical and mechanical, Butch cherished time building and using long wave radios. Over the years Mr. Duclos (WA1ZCB) won several awards and was a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association.

Mr. Duclos was a loving father to Keith Duclos of Brookline MA and Karen Mercer of Dighton MA. Papa, as he was known to Colby Costello, Tori Mercer, Kaiden Mercer, Abram Duclos and Nolan Duclos enjoyed teasing his grandchildren and teaching them how to fish and clam. Mr. Duclos leaves his beloved partner of 18 years Marguerite Bernard of Fall River MA. Butch is survived by his mother Jeanne Duclos of Swansea MA and his brothers James, Raymond and Paul as well as his sister Janet Hurd.