Our club president Bernie Bonnar (VE1UT) became a silent key early in the morning of January 30. 2021 in the Yarmouth hospital. Our national organization Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) chooses a nominee to be their Amateur of the Year and members of the club's executive, along with Bernie's wife Veralyn (VE1VAR) composed an application nominating Bernie for that award. We intended to keep it a secret but when Bernie's health kept deteriorating, his daughter Bernadette read it to him in his hospital bed, so he died knowing how much he was respected by his ham radio friends. Here is the application. We don't yet know if he was chosen.
Bernard J. Bonnar – VE1UT
Bernie served as president of the Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Association and held regular on-the-air meetings as well as composing a monthly newsletter which, in the days before the Internet, was printed and mailed to the members.
At the age of 88, Bernie is the respected Chairman of our local club and we hope to hear Victor Echo One United Tango on the air for a long time to come. His wife Veralyn is also an amateur with the call sign VE1VAR and his son Mitchell holds VE1BJE.