Category Archives: Silent Keys

Steve Walmsley, VE7SGW (ex-VE3GBK), SK

From Steve's widow Linda, via Nigel VE3ID:

It is with a broken heart I tell you all that Steve passed away on February 12th at the Langley Hospice. He was surrounded by love and family and went peacefully. We will do a celebration of life on June 1st at my sister's home in Langley and I will make sure you are aware of the details. We will be posting an obituary in the Toronto Star, but please share this with anyone you think will want to know.

There is a big chunk of me missing now and I know it will be the same for you - but we are better for having him in our lives even for too short a time.

As you know Steve was the mover behind getting the 1984 repeater controller finished and built, as well as sole-sourcing the CIB1 board of which hundreds of copies were sold.

Here is the obituary:

Rick Michowicz VE3US/VE3TYP, SK

Rick Michowicz recently became a Silent Key. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.

Posted below is the obituary.


MICHOWICZ, Rick Of Sauble Beach and formerly of Mississauga, peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Gregory Richard "Rick" Michowicz at the age of 64 years. Beloved husband of Lydia (nee Berezuk) for 36 years. Devoted father of Nicholas, of Sauble Beach. Cherished son of Gregory Michowicz (late Anna), of Niagara Falls. Sadly missed by his brother-in-law Tony Berezuk, of Burlington. Family invite friends to join with them for a casual Memorial Gathering to celebrate Rick's life at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, 814 Bruce Rd. 8, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041 on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 11-1 p.m., with a time of sharing at 12 p.m.. Cremation has taken place. Donations to Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated. Condolences may be expressed online at

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