The following club members are memorialized in a tribute to their contributions
to the NORAC community and to Amateur Radio.
                     
Though their stations are now quiet, we honor them still.
 

 
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VA7ANB - Adrien Bouvier Jan - 2015

Adrien was a longtime member of NORAC who had most recently been living in the Okanagan Falls area.

He had achieved Lifetime membership status within NORAC.

Memorial Service; Thursday, Jan. 15th 2015 at 13:00 at the Christ The King Catholic Church, 6044 Spartan ST. in Oliver, BC.

Internment of ashes to follow at the Okanagan Falls Cemetary.

VE7JIP - James (Jim) Pichette Feb - 2014
VE7EGD - Kevin Dale Kienlein Oct 6th 2013

     It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Kevin Dale Kienlein at the young age of 53 on Sunday, October 6, 2013 after complications arising from a viral infection after transplant. Kevin was the recipient of a Double Lung Heart Transplant on December 14, 2010.

Kevin's mother and brother have asked for privacy during this time.

Kevin's Memorial service will be held in the Church he was baptized and had his Confirmation in: Peace Lutheran Church at 1206 - 30th Avenue, Vernon BC (East Hill Area) on Friday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Please wear Green as that is the colour in support of Organ Donor Awareness.

Donations may be made to the Heart and Lung Transplant Unit, University Hospital of Alberta, CSB Room, 1 - 198 8440 - 112th Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

VE7FN - Agnes Martinsen Jan 10th 2013

     Agnes will be missed by sons Wayne (Louise) Abbey of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lloyd (Fran) Abbey of Barriere, BC, and daughter Sharon Reid of Enderby, BC. Agnes is also survived by sister Betty Wilson of Kamloops, BC, brother Bruce Dale of Powell River, BC, sisters-in-law Ivy Dale of Vernon, BC, and Mary Dale of Enderby, BC, brother-in-law Vern Wilson of McLure, BC, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Left to cherish her memory are seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Agnes was predeceased by husband Louis Abbey of 100 Mile House, BC, and husband George Martinsen of Vernon, BC.

Agnes was a homemaker but found time to work for a packing house in Winfield, BC. She also enjoyed being a Ham Radio operator with the Vernon Ham Radio Club.

VE7ZAV Duncan Zavislake Dec 21st 2012      Duncan is deeply missed as husband of 30 years to Evelyn, brother to Colleen, and Dad to the family dogs: Micro, Benson, & Beau, as Nephew, Cousin, and Uncle to many family members, and as VE7ZAV to the Ham Radio community.
Duncan was known far and wide for his technical expertise, willingness to help others, never-ending captivating stories, and would always have the requisite part in his basement — somewhere!
Duncan was partner with Jack, Ben & Corry of Vella Radio; a thriving communications business in Salmon Arm. A previous oil-exploration career landed Duncan in countries all over the world, and he was a Lifetime Member of NORAC.
Family, associates, and friends are grieving and seeking solace in knowing Duncan’s heart failed while doing what he loved — troubleshooting a technical issue for a client.
VE7EGA Norm Sanderson Oct 6th 2012

     Born in Grand Prarie Alberta Norm continued to love the wide open spaces, especially touring with friends through B.C. and Alberta, and western U.S. on his motorcycle. Having fond memories of all of B.C., harvest time in the Peace River Country was one of his favorite places. Norm loved spending time with his family, friends, Ham Radio and various tinkering
with his equipment and tools. Norm worked as an insurance agent for 37 years and fondly remembered the years with A E Berry Ltd., Capri Insurance, and Access Insurance .
Norm will be missed by Muriel, his loving wife of 56 years. Beloved Grandpa and Uncle, loved and respected Dad, good friend, and devoted husband.
A member of Miriam Masonic Lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star, Ham Radio Club, and former member of Vernon Search and Rescue.

VE7DGB Don Berg December 8, 2011
VE7TOR Vic Shewchuck September 16, 2011
VE7DOB Mary Mitschke June 20, 2011      Mary was born on July 18th, 1933 in Calder, Saskatchewan and was called Home to be with her Lord on June 20th, 2011 in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 77 years, after many years of failing health. She had been a resident of Vernon since 1970. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband John, to whom she was married for 52 years; two sisters, Katie Adam of Regina, Saskatchewan and Verna (Bill) Schrader of Calgary, Alberta; two brothers, Peter (Muriel) Horaska of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Willard (Charlene) Horaska of Regina, Saskatchewan; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John & Dora Horaska; two brothers, George Horaska and Matthew Horaska; and two sisters, Ruth Nagel and Hazel Moffat.
VE7WI  Herb Turner December 2, 2010
     We are sad to announce that after a long struggle with cancer, Herb Turner VE7WI became a silent key at Shuswap Lake General Hospital overnight Thursday, December 2.
VE7WJL  Wifred (Willy) Joseph Leboe October 27, 2010      Became silent on his 91st year in Abbotsford BC
VE7AA0  William (Bill) Edward Grant June 29, 2009      It is with great sorrow we wish to announce the passing of Bill in the early morning of June 29, 2009 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
Bill was born in 1923 on the Gaspe coast of Quebec but lived most of his life in British Columbia.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Mildred (Mickey) of 54 years as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many close friends.
During World War II, Bill served in the R.C.A.F overseas as a wireless operator. After the war he was with the Government of Canada and served the First Nations people as an agent in Northern B.C. and Yukon. Later, he and Mickey settled in Vernon, B.C. where they developed and operated Okanagan Terrace Mobile Home Park. Bill also spent many years as a Real Estate agent in the Vernon area. May he rest in peace. VE7AAO
VE7LX  George William Harker May 20, 2009      HARKER George William (Bill) 1915 - 2009 Bill, aged 94, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2009, at Polson Extended Care in Vernon, BC. He is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Linda and grandson Don as well as numerous other grandchildren. Bill was employed by the Department of Transport throughout his working career and was a well known ham radio member, VE7LX.
VE7PE  Len Hoover January 8, 2009      Len was instrumental in the establishment of a packet radio network throughout the interior as well he was the sysop for the VE7PE packet BBS that ran for many years in Vernon.  He was awarded a Lifetime Membership by NORAC in 1996 for his past dedication to helping found NORAC, and for his many years of service to the club.  He will be sadly missed.
VE7ARE  Gordon Lider          April 8, 2007
VE7JBY Joseph Byrne          Dec 26, 2006
VE7FE George Martinsen     June 4 2006
VE7DE Lauie Devitte             May 7 2006
VE7PCP Frank Pearson December 6, 2005      Frank Pearson passed away on December 6th, 2005, aged 88, with his family by his side. Frank was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1917 and was 10 years old when he moved with his family from Penticton to Vernon. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Isobel, sons Terry (Anne) of Victoria, Leigh (Anita) and daughter Dodie (Bob) Lindley of Vernon. He leaves his Grandchildren, Taya, Katie, Michael and Lauren and sister Stella Balcombe.

VE7EFY Lorraine Hendry   

Nov. 24 2005

VE7MKD Ann Castrucow    

Nov. 5 2005

VE7BAJ Louis Melanson     

Nov. 5 2005
VE7EFM James Hendry         Nov. 2 2005
VE7SO Walter Joe              Sept. 22, 2005       Founding Father - Director on the first NORAC executive, October 2 1975
VE7ALB Fred Amberger         Feb 8 2005       Founding Father
VE7DMK  Earl Fey                 Jan 12 2005
VE7FN Roy Guild            Dec 22 2004
VE7DKY Art Spence        Nov. 10 2004      Founding Father,  first Vice President  October 2 1975
VE7IS Bill Hackett                Oct 22, 2004      Bill first got his Ham Licence back in 1938
VE7MK Mike Castrucow      Feb 5, 2004      Founding Father,  NORAC Director
VE7EO Laurie Wright           Jan 10, 2004
     Reporter for Okanagan Amateur Radio Club 1930’s bulletin  – The Amateur. Wright of Wright & Thorburn Radio.
VE7HW Bill Thorburn      June 17, 2003      NORAC Secretary, Vice President and President during the 1980's and Treasurer 1990-91. Technical Committee 1990’s
VE7KWI Nan Halsey         
Mar 26, 2003
VE7MRT Myrtle Frazer                     2000
VE7KDS Robert Boss         Mar 13, 1999      1998 NORAC Amateur of the Year and a NORAC Director. Taught Amateur Radio Course
VE7RIP Arthur Ripley         Dec 12, 1998      NORAC Treasurer. Sky High Hamfest Co-chairman
VE7DUO Bob                           ?      NORAC Director 1996-1997
VE7EGO Norm Simon          March, 1993      Founder of the Sunday Morning 2 metre net and longtime Ragchew editor
VE7BIM James Pringle          Feb 7, 1991      Organized a Social group for Hams and was its first secretary. Steering group to form NORAC. NORAC Director. Founding Father 
VE7BCT Mike Webb            Aug 3, 1991
     Steering group to form NORAC. Founding Father
VE7JW Al Saunders          
Sept 16, 1991
     First licenced in Moose Jaw in 1921- NORAC Director
VE7ADU John Ratcliffe     
Mar 17, 1990
     Lived in Burton but checked into the NORAC net
VE7WP Wally Porter           
Jan 29, 1990
First President of Social group. Steering committee to form NORAC.  NORAC Director.
Founding Father
VE7KQ Jack Fuhr               
Mar 26, 1989
VE7BV Eric Hall                 
May 24, 1988
Steering committee to form NORAC. Founding Father 
VE7YS Bernie Roze  
Sept 17, 1986
Original call VE5CX in 1928. Second President of Social group. Steering committee to form NORAC.     Founding Father
VE7DKI Truman Locheed               
1984
Founding Father 
VE7DMA Trevor Molitor                  
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VE7ELM Wally Everitt                     ?
VE7FM Albert "Woody" Wood     
August 5 1993
NORAC Director
VE7UC Stewart Sandborn                
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VE7HW Bert Thorburn                     
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One of the first amateurs in the Okanagan – licenced 1923. President of the Okanagan Radio Club          1930’s.  Steering committee to form NORAC. NORAC Director. Founding Father
VE7CAE Jack Comley           
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Suggested name – North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club. Founding Father
VE7DD - George Dover ?
VE7VSC - Justin Peter ?
Other NORAC Silent Keys -  no further info at this time