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By: Burnaby Amateur Radio Club  09-12-2011
Keywords: Amateur Radio

We were saddened to learn today of the passing of Bob Kungl, VE7KW. He will be greatly missed by all in the amateur radio community. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Bob's family and friends.

From Ian, VE7HHS ..

It is with great sadness that I report to you the passing of a man who had made more time for others than himself - Bob Kungl, VE7KW. Bob passed away over the weekend after a 6+ battle with bone cancer, surrounded by family at his Hornby Island retirement home. Word of Bob's passing was relayed to me by another of his close friends Al, VE7CYY/WJ, early this afternoon.

Bob worked nearly 40 years at BC Hydro as Telecontrol technologist briefly retiring in the late 90's before being convinced to come back and keep things afloat for a few more years. After retiring Bob became incredibly active in the Burnaby and New-Westminster amateur radio clubs. In the early 2000's Bob coordinated the BARC swap, field day, maintained the RBY repeater site and served as BARC President. He ran many successful back to back courses at NWARC, giving what must have been nearly 100 hams their license over the years. Shortly before moving from Burnaby to Hornby Island Bob also became a member of CARESS.

On a more personal note; throughout my teenage years Bob was a mentor and quite literally a second father. He was a significant source of inspiration and large reason for the success of myself and many, many others who showed an interest in this hobby. It didn't matter if the "hamvention" was in Vernon, Seattle, Sidney or Nanaimo, in the days before I had a car or could even drive, If Bob was going I was asked if I wanted to tag along. Just sitting in the passenger seat on one of these trips, you couldn't help but learn something as each passing turn presented a new opportunity to recall an often funny yet somehow educational story from his time spent in the field.

That was the kind of guy Bob was.

More information will be made available as I find out.


Keywords: Amateur Radio

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