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In remembrance of FCARC members who have left us...

Mildred Burnham KB1DCH, SK
posted 8/24/2017

Mildred Burnham passed away at the Arbors on Monday August 7, after a long illness. She was 94. She is survived by her husband Richard, AC1L. A private burial service was held on August 16th at Green River Cemetary.

Millie was a 1939 graduate of Greenfield High School and a 1944 graduate of Massachusetts State College. She married Dick in 1946. She and Dick hosted many meetings at their home in Greenfield before they moved to the Arbors several years ago. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She volunteered with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and at the gift shop of Franklin Medical Center.

An obituary was published in the Greenfield Recorder on August 14th.


Bill Boutwell N1EWK, SK
posted 3/1/2017

Willard R. "Bill" Boutwell, 85, of 18 Freeman Drive, died Monday November 28, 2016 at the Soldier's Home in Holyoke. Private services and inurnment following cremation took place at the Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Agawam. Military honors were provided by the Elite Patriot Honor Guard of the USAF from Westover AFB, Chicopee.

Bill was a driving force of the FCARC. For many years he was trustee of the KB1BSS club license, and the primary maintainer of the club's repeaters. Much of our club history has been lost, but it is probable that Bill was responsible for configuring most of the retired commercial transceivers that served as our repeaters for many years. The Greenfield High School Radio Club, many members of the club, and our Field Day stations used antennas which he constructed. If spare parts or test instruments were needed for any purpose Bill probably could provide them. Bill maintained the trailer which was our mobile operating position for emergencies and Field Days.

Bill's wife Betty and his daughter Gail can be reached at gail_therrin@yahoo.com. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, Guest book and condolence message are available at www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com.

The webmaster regrets the delay in posting this information to the FCARC.org website. Bill's obituary was published in December in the FCARC Communicator and on the FCARC Facebook page.


Thomas Foxwell N1OTS, SK
updated 12/15/2015

News was received on December 7th that Tom Foxwell N1OTS passed away. Tom was a former President of the Franklin County Amateur Radio Club, and was especially active in emergency preparedness. His death was unexpected. Update: An obituary was published in The Recorder Tuesday 12/15. The memorial service will be at Kidder Funeral Home in Northfield on Saturday 12/19, viewing starting at 10 a.m. and service at 12 p.m..


Jim Bronson K2YSR, SK
posted 9/12/2015

Jim Bronson K2YSR passed away on September 3rd in Kingsport TN. He and his wife Lois KB1CWD were very active in our club when they lived in Buckland. Jim was a Volunteer Examiner and an avid CW man. They left this area to move to Kingsport about 15 years ago.

An obituary can be seen here: http://www.timesnews.net/obit/23463/james-f-bronson. The sad news was passed on by Ralph WA1UOL, who had a call from Lois.


Dick Peeters AA1XU, SK
posted 6/13/2015

Richard G. Peeters AA1XU, of Greenfield passed away on Monday June 8, following a period of declining health. An obituary appeared in the Greenfield Recorder on June 12th, and may be seen online here. He was 72.

Dick and his wife Jan AB1JY frequently attended FCARC breakfasts, and Dick was a frequent volunteer at the club's public service events such as the Bridge of Flowers Road Race. He was also active with amateur radio groups based in Vermont, notably the Green Mountain Net.

A celebration of Dick's life will be observed on Tuesday June 16 at 11 a.m. at the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 36 Bank Row, Greenfield. Rev Phillip Grant, N1YPS, will officiate.


Rebecca Campbell, SK
posted 4/2/2015

Rebecca Campbell was not a radio amateur herself but she was an honorary member of the FCARC and a frequent participant at our monthly Saturday breakfasts. Beckie passed away on March 18th after a brief illness. Her obituary was published in the Greenfield Recorder on March 25. Her husband Bill passed away quite a few years ago. He was a much respected member of the club, and it was evident that Becky continued to enjoy friendships with many members.


Edward Pepyne, Sr., N1EWP, SK
posted 10/23/2013

Ed Pepyne of Ashfield and Derby, VT, died on October 10, 2013, at the age of 87.

Although many relatively new members of the FCARC never met Ed, he was a very active member until he moved to Vermont around 2004. Those who remember him say he was very much a presence on the club's nets and at club activities. One of the many roles he played in his life was an attorney, and in this capacity he was always available when legal advice was needed by the club.

An obituary in the Recorder of October 10 tells a story of a man with a rich career: teacher, professor, psychologist, and lawyer. He was active in many organizations. He practiced law at many levels, including state and federal courts. His interest in amateur radio and his membership in both the FCARC and the MTARA are mentioned in the obituary.


Curt Dean, W1UXI, SK
updated 2/13/2013

News was just received that Curt Dean, W1UXI, passed away on February 11th. He had been fighting a chronic illness for some time. Curt was a member of our club for many years. Among other things, he maintained this website until a few years ago. More information will be posted when available.


Walton Congdon, W1ZPB, SK
updated 12/11/2012

Walt Congdon, W1ZPB, passed away early in the morning of December 3rd.

Walt will be much missed by many members of the Franklin County Amateur Radio Club. He was a past-president of the club. He was the master teacher who helped many current members learn what they needed to pass their license exams. He was the Field Day c.w. operator who would keep our c.w. station on the air for 24 hours. He was free with advice and help for anyone interested in learning how to power their lives and their radios with solar or wind energy.

Walt's page on QRZ.com, updated in 2011, provides a brief autobiography:

First licensed 1953. US Army Signal Corps High Speed CW Radio Operator posted to Eniwetok Marshall Islands at KX6BP. Returned to mainland 1956 to teach physics & chemistry at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Joined NTS & have continued active on NTS CW traffic nets. Shack entirely solar powered as is home. Retired 14 years; XYL sez "rewired"! Do lot of teaching about conservation & efficiency; and about Renewable Energy: solar PV, wind power, bio-mass, micro-hydro. Some rag-chewing, lots of traffic nets, some DX-ing. Use Ten-Tec Argonaut V. Lots of wire antenna arrays.

A memorial service is planned for 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 29th at St. James Church, 8 Church St., Greenfield, MA.


An obituary appears in the Greenfield Recorder for December 11. It can be seen online at The Recorder's website.

A page for remembrances of Walt has been created on the FCARC website at W1ZPB-memorial.htm. Additional comments are welcome - please send by email to n1aw@arrl.net.

Check here again for possible updates to this article.


Sally Otto Sedgwick, KB1KEY, SK
updated 9/4/2012

Update: An obituary for Sally Sedgwick was published in The Recorder on Tuesday,September 4. It can be seen online here.

Sally Otto Sedgwick, KB1KEY, passed away in Florida on August 29. Sally is survived by her husband Charles, KJ4ZWX (ex-KA1OVV). They formerly lived in Greenfield and were active members of the FCARC at that time. Although they moved to Florida many years ago they continued to visit our area during summers for some time after that, and maintained regular schedules with local hams on 20 meters when propagation permitted.

A brief obituary can be found here.


Wayne Comstock, WB3CDL, SK
posted 6/26/2012

Wayne Comstock, WB3CDL, died on Saturday, June 23. He was a member of the FCARC.

Wayne lived and worked in the Greenfield and Deerfield area as a young man. He later moved out of this area, but after retiring from a job based in New York he returned to South Deerfield many years ago. Most recently he lived in Hadley.

His obituary appears in today's (Tuesday 6/26) Recorder.


Bert Phillips, N1IUM, SK
updated 6/17/2012

Bert Phillips, N1IUM, died in Greenfield on Wednesday May 30, one day before his 73rd birthday. He was a long time member of the FCARC, and served terms as club treasurer and president.

Bert was born in Greenfield. Bert was a long-time friend to many in the local amateur radio community. Dick Burnham, AC1L, knew Bert's parents and encouraged young Bert's early interest in things technical, and their friendship endured to Bert's last days. Another long-time friend is Fred Smead, with whom Bert worked for 32 years doing technical support for Amherst Schools. Bert is remembered by the webmaster of this site as someone who was welcoming to a newcomer to this community, always fun to chat with, whether face to face or on the air.

An obituary appeared June 2nd in The Recorder and can be read on their website.

A graveside service was held at High StreetCemetary in Greenfield at 1 p.m. Wednesday June 13. A number of FCARC members attended.


Ed Boutwell, KB1BNG, SK
updated 11/02/2010

Ed Boutwell, KB1BNG, of Turners Falls, passed away on Sunday October 31 at home, surrounded by family. He was known to many members of the Franklin County amateur radio community. Ed was the FCARC's poet. His poems frequently appeared in the monthly FCARC Communicator newsletter.

Arrangements will be handled by Kostanski Funeral Home in Turners Falls. The calling hour will be Wednesday November 3 at 10 a.m. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. After the service the burial will be at Beaver Meadow Cemetary in Leyden.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Franklin County or to the Beaver Meadow Cemetary Association.


Dennis Rolstad, N1WYU, SK
posted 03/23/2010

Dennis Rolstad, N1WYU, a resident of Leyden, MA, died on Wednesday, March 17.

Dennis was a long time member of the FCARC. His business was selling and servicing radio equipment, and he donated his skills to the club, providing technical support for the KB1BSS repeaters. He was an avid collector and restorer of antique radios. His living room was a radio museum, and his basement was a radio treasure trove.

Club members knew him as a friend to all, someone who was always willing to help. He could always come up with a needed tube or a tone encoder, or give advice and help with trading electronic equipment on the Internet.

Funeral services will be private. An obituary appeared in The Greenfield Recorder on March 19 and can be viewed online here.


Chuck Meyer, KB1NOB, SK
posted 03/16/2010

Carl Meyer II, known to family and friends as Chuck, died on Feb.. 24. He was a pilot, former newspaperman, member of the Community Emergency Response Team and the FCARC. During the ice storm of December 2008, Chuck used his training as CERT member and amateur radio operator to provide emergency communications at the shelter in Heath and at the EOC in the city of Gardner. This past fall, Chuck volunteered his time at several flu vaccination clinics in the area.

A memorial service for Chuck will be held on Sunday, March 21, in Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. The obituary in the newspaper recommends donation to one of his favorite charaties instead of flowers. The charities are Angel Flights, the Franklin Land Trust, and the Joslin Diabetes Center.


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