Bradford E. Paiva, W1BEP (SK)

Brad Paiva, W1BEP (SK)
(Mike Ponte, W1BZJ photo)

Brad Paiva, W1BEP (SK) was a long-time member of SEMARA. Brad enjoyed operating amateur radio, especially as a weekly net control operator on 10m.

He was 73 when he passed away at home on June 16, 2020, after a brief illness. He was married for nearly 45 years to Christine R. (Rebello) Paiva.

Brad served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a Police Officer in New Bedford for twenty-eight years, retiring in 1997.
Brad was the owner/operator of Brad’s RV Repair (started in 2006). He was also a member of the Freetown Gun Club.

In addition to his wife Christine, Brad is survived by four daughters, three grandchildren and a sister, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the East Freetown Congregational Church, 2 Washburn Road, East Freetown, MA 02717 or Community Nurse and Home Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Our condolences to Brad’s family in this time of sorrow.

Herbert “Sonny” P. Eddleston, Jr. — K1USW (SK)

K1USW – SK

K1USW (SK), Herbert “Sonny” P. Eddleston, Jr., 65, of New Bedford, formerly of Fairhaven, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020, at Saint Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of the late Debra (Crumley) Eddleston.

Sonny was a member of the SEMARA and served on the Scholarship committee for several years. He was also recently on the board of directors at PACE.

Sonny graduated from Fairhaven High School. He worked for the United Steelworkers Local 1357 at ATI New Bedford, formerly Rodney Metals, and was very active with the Union for many years and volunteered at the Fort Taber Military Museum.

He is survived by two daughters: Rachael L. Eddleston of New Bedford, Sarah A. Eddleston of New Bedford and a son, Aaron J. Eddleston of Dover, one grandson, two sisters, Robin Eddleston of Fairhaven and Kristine Brunette of Fairhaven, three brothers: Eddie Eddleston of Wareham; Arthur Eddleston of Rochester and Richard Eddleston of New Bedford, along with several nieces and nephews.

Our condolences to Sonny’s family in this time of sorrow.

Henry R. Blanchett Jr. — W1GYL (SK)

W1GYL-SK

W1GYL(SK), Henry R. Blanchett Jr. age 83 years, of New Bedford, died Sunday Feb 23, 2020 at Brandon Woods of Dartmouth.

He was a long time member of SEMARA, serving as secretary and treasurer throughout the years. He made many life long friends through the radio club. He enjoyed Sunday morning coffee at the club and the Thursday night fox hunt.

Henry was born in Boston and lived in this area much of his life. Drafted into the U.S. Army he served in Alaska from 1959-1961. He spent 33 years as a cross country truck driver,

In addition to his wife Joan, he is survived by three daughters Nadine Blanchett (Michael Pendergast), Betty Lopes (Fred), Renee Furtado (Tim), a sister Joanne Grinnell of Falmouth, and several nieces and nephews.

Our condolences to Henry’s family in this time of sorrow.

Tony Gomes, N1JXZ, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member Anthony A. Gomes, N1JXZ of New Bedford.  Tony passed away suddenly at age 64 this week, as reported to us by Joe, N1IXC.  Just a week ago, he attended the June SEMARA business meeting.  In April, Tony had also lost his mother.

Ed, KA1RSY commented that it is certainly sad to hear.  Tony was a good man; personable with a great sense of humor.  He recalls when he would meet up with Tony along with Joe and Marc, KA1WBF at the Fairhaven Civil Defense (now Emergency Management) many years ago.  Ed adds that Tony hadn’t changed a bit in recent years.  Tony will certainly be missed by all.

Please share your thoughts and memories of Tony 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.

N1JXZ

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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