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 at http://www.thefamilypantry.com/Donations.

Condolences to his family.

 

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.

K1JGV … -.-

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.

Larry Lygren, W1DBX, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Lawrence Lygren, W1DBX (formerly WB1DBX), aged 67, of Acushnet, MA.  Larry passed away on the morning of Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the New Bedford Health Care Center after a long battle with cancer.

Larry became a member of SEMARA in 1975 and an amateur radio operator in 1976.  He was the original owner and builder of the 145.490 Fairhaven repeater in 1985.  He also enjoyed HF and was an early adopter of digital modes such as packet in the 1980s.  He was known for experimenting with new aspects of the hobby along with longtime friend Sonny (W1ESG, SK).

Larry was a U.S. Army veteran and had worked for Tremblay’s Bus Company in New Bedford for many years along with his wife Danielle (Racine) Lygren, KA1BHH.  More recently, he worked for the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) before retiring.  He had lived in New Bedford for most of his life and had just recently moved to Acushnet.  His obituary as it appeared in the The Sunday Standard-Times can be seen by clicking here.  We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

W1DBX, SK

Carl Bredberg, K1KID, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Carl E. Bredberg, K1KID, aged 67, of Wareham, MA.  Carl passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012 at Kindred Transitional Care & Rehabilitation-Forestview in Wareham after a long illness.  Carl was born in Boston, raised in Melrose, and lived in Lakeville for many years before moving to Wareham 14 years ago.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and worked as an Electronics Engineer for General Dynamics for many years before retiring.  We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

K1KID, SK

Don Tanguay, N1DT, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Donald V. Tanguay, N1DT aged 76, of New Bedford, MA.  Don passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Saint Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.  Don activated over 70 lighthouses in MA and RI together with Whitey, K1VV for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society between 2003 and 2008.  His obituary as it appeared in The Standard-Times can be seen by clicking here.  We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

N1DT, SK

Don’s close friend Whitey passed along the following message to SEMARA members:

Don N1DT passed away April 26th…. he had been in failing health for several years …

Don was a first class CW operator. He learned CW when in the US Air Force working as an intercept operator for the NSA. He was stationed at a number of security monitoring stations in Turkey, on the island of Crete and England, monitoring CW transmissions in Russia and Eastern Block Communist Countries during the cold war. He never send sent CW, only copied it on a mill up to 35 WPM. He did not
get his ham ticket until several years after he was discharged from the US Air Force. You could say he was a “spook”. He held
an Extra Class ham ticket. While he was a Novice he operated mobile CW with a Yaesu FT-7, 10 watts, and worked all states
from his car !!!!!!!

Don and I activated over 70 lighthouses in Mass and RI together for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society from 2003, with our first at Ned’s Point Light in Mattapoiset MA , and the last in 2008. After that date Don’s health went down and he could no longer go out to the lights with me. We had many fun times together going out to the lights, first stopping at Dunkin Donuts, and then at times traveling up to 120 miles
one way as we did when we went to Race Point Light out at the tip of Cape Cod.

Don was a true friend, if you have one like him in a life time you are very lucky. I could not have had a better radio lighthouse partner, a
fishing buddy, he always caught more fish than me and would kid me about it, and I could not have had a better “real” friend.

To say that he will be missed is an understatement …

R.I..P. Don N1DT

73 Whitey K1Vv / W1AA