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

Joe Hampson, W1JFI, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Joseph Hampson, III, W1JFI of Fairhaven, MA.  Joe passed away on the morning of Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Chicopee, MA while visiting his friend Frank Krol, WA1CRV.  Joe was a longtime member of SEMARA, a retired employee of Richie’s Auto Radio in Dartmouth and previously held the call sign KA1JFI.  We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

W1JFI, SK

Update 09/30/2011: Joe’s friend Frank Krol, WA1CRV offered an explanation of what happened on Wednesday morning to SEMARA members as well as funereal arrangements:

Joe came over Monday afternoon and slept here. Joe came over every September to go to the BIG E with us. Tuesday morning he told us that he no longer climbs his roof because he gets chest pains. Tuesday he said that he went to the bathroom (which is on the second floor) in the middle of the night. He got out of breath and had sharp chest pains. I told him that I should take him to the emergency room, but he refused to go. He said that he had a doctor appointment in the beginning of October. I asked if he had a Cardiologist and he said that he didn’t. I told him he should make an appointment as soon as he got home. We both tried to convice him to go to the ER, but he refused to go. You know how stubborn he was.

Wednesday morning he woke up Charlene’s daughter asking for help and we immediately called 911. They arrived here pretty quickly and worked on him for quite a while. Then they told us to go to the hospital and give the info to the triage desk at the ER. A short time later they came out and said that he passed away.

This is the info that Joe’s cousin passed on to me tonight. Joe’s wake will be this Monday at the Wilson Funeral chapel on 479 County Street in New Bedford from 4 to 7pm. The funeral itself will be from the funeral home at 10am on Tuesday morning. Evidently he will go right from the funeral home to where ever he will be buried and not go to church. I find this strange, since Joe was very religious.

Frank, WA1CRV

Bob Ambroult, N1VUG, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Robert R. Ambroult, N1VUG, aged 68, of Fairhaven, MA.  Bob passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in St. Luke’s Hospital.

Bob was one of three regular check-in on SEMARA’s daily 2m Camel net in recent years, along with Norm, W1ATI (SK) and Irving, WA1ETG (SK).  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.

N1VUG, SK

Sonny Mello, W1ESG, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Manuel C. “Sonny” Mello, Jr., W1ESG (formerly KA1ESG), aged 70, of New Bedford, MA.  Sonny passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Sonny was a longtime member of SEMARA and will be missed.  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.

W1ESG, SK

Bill Field, WA1FYF, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member William Field, WA1FYF, aged 87, of New Bedford, MA.  Bill passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 and was a longtime member of SEMARA.  We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

WA1FYF, SK

Norm Benoit, WA1KDT, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Norman L. Benoit, WA1KDT, aged 75, of Fairhaven, MA. Norm passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 and was a member of SEMARA since 1998.

He was the Godfather of Patricia Days, wife of Charlie, WA1JFD. We send our sympathy to his family for their loss. May he rest in peace.

WA1KDT, SK