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George Gilbert

Started in 1920 - Retired in 1952

 
 

From NEWS ON THE D.O.T. August 1952

 

George 'Let George do it' does it for the last time

at the D.O.T. wireless workshop at Victoria, B.C.

 

When George Gilbert, OIC of the Wireless Work­shop, Victoria, B.C., retired this spring, he had been in the Telecommunications Service 31 years. It was his job to service hundreds of pieces of equipment -sending and receiving sets, radar, echo sounders. Loran sets - used by lighthouses, light­ships, beacons, ocean station vessels and light­house tenders of the Department of Transport on the coast. It was routine to hand over the tough problems, the difficult circuits, the unexplain­able bugs to him.

 

"Let George do it" was a fa­miliar catch word around the office.

 

Although stationed at Victoria, his work took him to many spots along the B.C. coast and else­where in Canada where his valuable experience and know-how were required.

 

George Gilbert first saw the B.C. coast when he arrived there in 1909 on HMS Shearwater, as a torpedo officer. He took his discharge from the Royal Navy in Victoria, but went back into service again, this time with the RCNVR, in 1914, where he was employed on navy electrical install­ations. Later in the war he was transferred to the U.K. and there installed electronic equipment on submarines and warships.

 

Back in Canada, in 1920 he joined the Canadian Naval Service Radiotelegraph Branch as a radio electrician, doing installation work on ship and shore stations and in the workshop preparing sites, erecting masts and aerial equipment; the work of this branch of the government service later being transferred to the Department of Transport.

 

Mr. Gilbert is now enjoying a trip by car to the southern states as far as Los Angeles, Cal. He has taken his camping equipment with him for stops in the National Parks enroute. Before his retirement in the early spring, his friends and co-workers honoured him at a small informal party and presented him with a purse of $75.00 with the request that he buy himself something with the money while on his trip to California. The money presented was a general collection from all stations in the district.

 

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