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Earle Wintfield Smith, VE6NM

RCAF Radio Operator & Technician - 1948 to 1968

Alberta Power (ATCO Electric) Communication Systems - 1968 to 1992

Radio Amateurs of Canada President - 2004 to 2007

 

 

Passed Away in 2012 - Scroll Down for Obituary  

Décès en 2012 - Avis de décès au bas de la page  

 
 
 
 

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Obituary  -  Avis de décès

Earle Wintfield Smith, VE6NM

1930-2012

 

Earle Wintfield Smith, beloved husband of Barbara, passed away after a brave and courageous battle with cancer at the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie, Alberta on February 24, 2012 with his family by his side.

 

Earle was born in Maccan, Nova Scotia on November 7, 1930, eldest child of Lorne and Mildred Smith and was raised in rural areas of Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force at age 17 and was stationed in various parts of Canada including Montreal, Whitehorse, Alert, Beaverbank, and Beaverlodge. He retired in 1968 and then spent 23 years with Alberta Power (ATCO Electric) managing communication systems in northwest Alberta and retired in 1992.

 

Earle served as President of Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) from late 2004 to the end of 2007 and was well respected by amateur radio operators both within Canada and Internationally. He was a gentleman and friend to all hams and a strong advocate for amateur radio and for the Radio Amateurs of Canada.
 

Earle was first licenced in 1948 as VE1SA. During his RCAF career 1948 - 1968 he held calls VE3ADP, VE2ACW, VE2ATT, VE8AT, VE2ACH, VE8AT, VE3BMM, VE1ZQ/VE1WR, VE6APB, VE6NM/VE6EWS and VE8BY.

 

Earle served as VE8 QSL Manager for several years. He served as ARLA Director for NW Alberta and also briefly served as Assistant Canadian Radio Relay League (CRRL) Director for NW Alberta, then various executive positions with Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (CARF) and worked on merger of CARF and CRRL to form Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), followed by many years involvement with RAC as Director for AB/NT/NU, various Executive roles and retired as President RAC December 2007. Also RAC Delegate Team Leader to several IARU Region II conferences.

 

Earle was a Life Member of RAC, QCWA, SOWP, member of ARRL and member of several amateur clubs across Canada. Proud to be the sole Canadian recipient of the prestigious Azteca Award from Federacion Mexicana de Radioamateur Experimentadores A.C (FMRE) for services rendered to amateur radio in Canada and Mexico. His favourite band was Six Metres and he was involved in ARES. While serving as RAC President, he visited every Canadian Province and Territory while meeting many amateurs. He also attended several QCWA National conventions and enjoyed meeting so many enthusiastic amateurs. Earle also sponsored two Six Metre beacons, VE8BY at Iqaluit and VE6ARC near Grande Prairie, Alberta. He was a qualified Team Facilitator and kept himself current by doing facilitation on a volunteer basis for non-profit groups. Supposedly retired, he was occasionally found driving a Semi around Alberta and British Columbia during the winter months and in the summer months travelling with his truck camper through Canada's North, looking for new fishing spots.

 

All who knew Earle respected him as a leader, a friend and a force for good in the amateur radio community.

 

He will be missed !

 

Donald Courcy, VE1CG

28 February 2012

 

Earle Smith in 1958

at Alert, North West Territories (now Nunavut)

(photo submitted by Earle Smith)

(courtesy the Web Pages of Jerry Proc)

 

Photo taken during the Alert 50th Reunion Trip in 2008

Earle Smith visiting Amherst, Nova Scotia in 2010

Left to right

Jim Hannon VE1AFH, Cumberland County EMO Coordinator

Earle Smith VE6NM, former President of RAC

Jim Langille VE1JBL, WARC President & RAC Maritime Section Manager

(courtesy Westcumb Amateur Radio Club)

Earle Smith visiting Winnipeg, Manitoba

in 2007

Left to right

Assistant Director Adam Romanchuk, VE4SN

Earle Smith VE6NM, President of RAC

Assistant Director Derek Hay, VE4HAY

(courtesy Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club)

 

 

From : John Gilbert
Date : 27 February 2012
Subject : RIP / EARLE SMITH

How sad. Earle was a good friend. He had been a radio operator at Alert when I was at Eureka.

 

John
 

 

De : Jacques Hamel
Date : 29 février 2012
Objet : RIP / EARLE SMITH VE6NM

Bonjour!

Je viens d'apprendre par le site WEB de RAC le décès de Earle VE6NM survenu vendredi dernier 24 février. Je connais Earle depuis un peu plus d'une dizaine d'années sans l'avoir jamais rencontré mais, pour avoir été en contact avec lui à de multiples reprises au cours de cette période, je sais quel gentleman il était et jusqu'à quel point il était dédié à la radio amateur, son hobby favori pendant tant d'années!

Earle a été le premier membre fondateur de notre Musée à se joindre aux trois initiateurs de ce projet en février 2001 (il portait le no #004 de la liste) et c'est d'ailleurs lui qui nous avait donné l'idée de créer cette catégorie de membres à l'origine. Il a été également le 1er membre fondateur de notre Musée en provenance de l'extérieur du Québec et c'est lui qui nous a mis en contact dès les débuts avec Dave Snydel ve4xn qui avait fondé le MARM quelques années auparavant et dont Earle était aussi membre fondateur.

Earle a été d'une fidélité exemplaire à notre Musée, renouvelant année après année son membership, et nous comptions encore sur lui pour cette année qui sera décisive dans l'histoire de notre organisation. Il nous manquera énormément mais sûrement pas autant qu'à son épouse et à ses proches. C'est pourquoi nous les assurons de notre plus grande sympathie et leur redisons que Earle demeurera dans nos coeurs pour toujours.

Qu'il repose en paix dans ces "grandes prairies" qu'il aimait tant.

Jacques Hamel ve2djq
Président
Musée québécois de la radio inc.

cc: Tous les membres fondateurs, membres en règles et amis du Musée québécois de la radio.

 

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Photos Courtesy of Earle Smith at Alert Photo Gallery