Category Archives: Silent Keys

Bill Dillon VE3KWX, SK

From Nigel VE3ID:

I was very sad to hear of the death of Bill Dillon, VE3KWX last week.

As many of you will know, Bill was the one person who brought us all together to actually get the micro controller project finished. We had been floundering for years with a little bit of this and a little bit of that but he showed the value of having a true project manager.

Bill and I had dinner almost every week for years at Chapters Restaurant and Book Store at Yonge/Eglinton (not the one that became !ndigo), and he helped me with advice (and his company's wholesale discount) to re-wire a whole house that belonged to my Danish landlady.

Unfortunately I lost contact with him when I went to England for a year in 1993. His IC listing showed at a place in Harvard Avenue in Toronto, but lately I discovered that he had been living with his brother in Haliburton.

During the time that I was close to Bill, I discovered that he had suffered chronic pain throughout his life, and had turned to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help. I just fished an index card from my desk that he gave me, and on it he wrote the titles of some books about NLP for me to read, ending with the statement "I wish you a pain free life, see you on the other side."

Nigel, ve3id

Bill Dunn VE3BMO SK

From Jim VE3CSO:

Bill Dunn VE3BMO passed away on April 24, 2012. Bill goes all the way back to the 60's and 70's when he produced a number of 8 x10 photos for TFMCS - these can also be viewed on our website. We only missed the boat on this one by 5 years!

Please see the obit.

Here is a photo from 1970 with Bill in the foreground, Norbert VE3DSB at left and Lloyd VE3ERQ (supplied by Norbert VE7DKB):

Mike Ennis VE3AO SK

Mike Ennis VE3AO became a Silent Key on May 13, 2017. He was a long-time member of TFMCS. Thanks to Anne VE3KWI for sending this:

At home on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at the age of 88. Mike, beloved husband of the late Kathleen. Loving father of Bernard (late Karen), Desmond (Christine) and Dermot (Stevi). Grandpa will be fondly remembered by Ashley, Dana, Jonathan and Braedon. Dear brother of Tony (Eileen) and the late Patrick, Francis, James, Bernard and Jack. Mike will be sadly missed by his many friends all over the world as well as his many contacts made during a long time as an amateur radio hobbyist. Visitation at the PAUL O┬┤CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 3-5 and 7-9pm Thursday, May 18th, 2017. Funeral Mass on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Victoria Park south of Ellesmere). Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Paul Harcourt VE3BDW SK

We have recently learned that Paul Harcourt VE3BDW, one of our founding members, became a Silent Key in 2015.

Memorial page

Note from Nigel Johnson VE3ID:

Dear TFMCS members:

I was saddened to hear that Paul Harcourt, VE3BDW had become a silent key. My association with Paul goes back to my high-school days when I lived at McCowan and Lawrence in Scarborough, a long way from the TFMCS meeting place which was always at Yonge and Sheppard in those days. At the time, Paul worked at the Frigidaire plant on Eglinton East and drove out to my home to pick me up and go to meetings.

Paul was one of the charter members of the Society. I remember sharing the digging of the hole for the current shack with him and several other locals, now SKs as well, during the summer of 1971. Many people do not realise that the shack door is actually a cold-room door that Paul procured for us! While officially our treasurer for many years, he was involved in just about everything. As an avid skier and member of the Sky-Loft Ski club, he was our liaison with our neighbours until his health forced him to take a lesser role.

Of course, the annual barbeque was a trademark of his hospitality. Few knew of the amount of work he put into organising it, coralling the burgers and those delicious bratwurst sausages from his personal butcher and bringing them up the hill. How can we replace him?

I have very fond memories of the camaraderie shared during board meetings at his house, and later on at the local Realtor's office where he arranged for us to meet. In fact, I cannot remember a time when Paul was not an active member of the board.

Paul may have passed on to that great QSO party where there is never any QRM or QRN, but his spirit lives on in a little piece of turf on the top of a hill in Uxbridge.

Nigel, VE3ID

Glen Glisinski VA3GTH, SK

From Anne VE3KWI:

Glen Glisinski, VA3GTH TFMCS Member for past 5 or more years.

I regret to tell you that our friend Glen, VA3GTH has become a silent key.
Glen passed away yesterday after a long and difficult illness.

Glen attended our MARC meetings a few times and of course was an active
member of VHARA until the past few months when he became ill. He was my
friend. He and his wife Michelle visited us to go ice fishing on 12 Mile
Lake. Glen loved ice fishing and always took a handheld + external antenna
to make HF or 2M contacts while waiting for bites. I recall QSOing with
him last winter past midnight while he was in a hut in the middle of Lake
Simcoe. He also liked Hamfests either as an organizer, table seller or

He will be greatly missed.
Our condolences go to Michelle and family.
Below are service details for those who can attend.
May he RIP.
regards, *Dorian* VE3YNG

Sheri Glisinski Chamberlain Embury


We would like to invite everyone to help celebrate the life of my brother, Glen Glisinski. A service will be held this Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 2PM at Greenbank Hall:

19965 Highway 12, Greenbank ont. Feel free to share memories and pictures.

Memorial donations can be made by cheque to the Pencer Brain Trust at Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Ave, Toronto, M5G 2M9, or the Neurosurgery Unit at St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, M5B 1W8.