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 … -.-

10 comments on “Dave Dean, K1JGV, SK

  1. I received this message from Art, W1FJI this morning.

    “Mike, Amy Dean called me this morning, Dave k1jgv passed away this morning, Art w1fji.”

    Art will send me info regarding funeral home when he gets them from Dave’s wife.

  2. So sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. I remember passing many an evening at the club house in the old quonset hut when that was all we had in the mid 50’s. We all got our first tickets at the same time.

    Please my sympathies to his wife and family.

    Paul Charbonneau/W6BZH/W1IHZ

  3. I’ve known Dave K1JGV back since the mid 50s, about 57 or 58 years ago. I worked with Dave at The Sippican Corp, and Federal Products. Although We took different paths, it was Ham Radio that kept Dave and I in contact with each other. Dave was a radioman in the Coast Guard as a high speed CW op. I will miss my dear friend but I have great memories of him.

  4. I’ve know Dave K1JGV since somewhere back in the mid 50s, I guess 57 or 58 years ago. We worked together at the Sippican Corp and at Federal Products. Although we took different paths, it was ham radio that kept us in contact with each other over the years. Dave was a radioman in the Coast Guard as a high speed CW op. I will miss my dear friend for sure. de W1FJI Art.

  5. In Memory of
    David G. Dean

    January 26, 1939 – May 17, 2016


    David G. Dean, 77, of Dartmouth, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Amy Dean with whom he shared 48 years of marriage.

    Born in Falmouth, he was the son of the late Samuel and Edith (Hughes) Dean. David was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New Bedford where he served as a lay reader for many years. He was also a former Scoutmaster of Troop 3 Boy Scouts while at St. Andrew’s.

    A 1958 graduate of New Bedford High School, he then went on to receive his degree in electrical engineering from Roger Williams College, Bristol, RI. He served over six years in the U.S. Coast Guard which included active duty as First Class Radio Seaman Dispatcher on the US Coast Guard Cutter Yakutat one of the key ships deployed during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. He was extremely proud of his country and had a great deal of respect for the American Flag and what it stood for.

    Mr. Dean retired from Raytheon in Portsmouth, RI where he was employed as an electronics technician. He was a caring man who more than once came to the aid of a stranger in peril. He loved the ocean and the outdoors. One of his fondest memories was going out on fishing trips with his Dad on the boat they built. David enjoyed working and puttering in his yard. His hobbies included model trains and ham radio. He was also a science and history buff and enjoyed watching Jeopardy with his wife. He liked watching FOX News and oftentimes referred to the Sunday comics as the “headlines.” Most of all, he always looked forward to getting together with family and friends. That said, nothing gave him more pleasure than playing his harmonica during Christmas festivities at the home of John and Judith Lima of Dartmouth.

    David was a member of SEMARA, Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association of Dartmouth. He was also a former member of the Dartmouth School Music Association during which time he proudly watched his daughter perform as part of the Dartmouth High School Marching Band Color Guard at numerous band competitions.

    David’s family wish to thank his longtime friends Ray Arruda of Acushnet, Art Marshall of Tallahassee, FL and Marty Jordan of Dartmouth for their ongoing support. They also extend special thanks to all his doctors, especially Drs. Elliott Anderson, Charles Heller and Slawomir Pajak, St. Luke’s Crapo Ward and PCU Team I and II as well as the Community Nurses of Fairhaven for their excellent care and compassion.

    In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Laurie Ann Lima and her husband Joseph L. Lima of Dartmouth; cousins, Dorothy Gammans and Pamela Perron of Fairhaven and Thomas Carr of Acushnet and Jack Dean of Mattapoisett. He was the cousin of the late Ronald Denham of Leicester, MA.

    His Funeral will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9am from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth with a Funeral Service at 10am in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 169 Belleville Rd., New Bedford. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8pm. Flowers welcome or donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851. For online tributes please visit: http://www.waring-sullivan.com

  6. Being retired Coast Guard myself, I really enjoyed discussing his duty as a Radioman. His tour of duty was definitely old school understanding that CW and RATT were the modes of operations then. You had to be good to keep those HF freqs up! His sea-stories about the Cuban crisis on-board USCGC YAKUTAT challenging and blocking the Russian freighters were considered critical ops. It was much more dangerous than his youth let him realize at that time! To achieve the rank of RM1 under 6 years was a great accomplishment.
    CWO4 Wayne Braley (comms) K1NBA

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