Jimmy McPhee GM3VNW, Silent Key

With great sadness, we must inform you that Jimmy GM3VNW has passed away at the grand old age of 98. He had been confined to home in Girvan for a few years, but Eric GM0FSZ visited him often and says his mind was as sharp as ever.

Which is saying a lot, for Jimmy was a charismatic character, full of wit and charm, and always finding something to smile about. Even in his 80s, his attitude to life was that a walking-stick was actually a dancing-cane in disguise – which he would demonstrate at the slightest provocation.

Jimmy found his interest in radio as an RAF radar mechanic in WW2, working on the Sunderland flying boats in Wig Bay. After the war he became a teacher and eventually a primary school headmaster in the north-east, and after he retired to Girvan he donated those teaching skills to WARC over many years as an exam tutor. Many WARC members past and present owe their licence to Jimmy.

Although Jimmy was an Honorary Member of the club, under present circumstances it will not be possible to attend the funeral. Instead, we invite all members past and present to pay their respects on the club’s Facebook page and also here.

(Please add a comment to our Facebook message, or email to info@gm4riv.org .
As all the club’s photos of Jimmy are locked up in the clubroom, we would greatly appreciate anything you can send us.)

2 readers have left comments:

  • Johnston Fleming on 11th June 2020 at 1:39 am

    I am deeply saddned of this ,, i met this great man many years ago when i was MI1DCO when i came across to take part in a special event station back in 1998,,,on the 24th June 1999 i came across to do my morse and was examined by GM3VNW and GM4ZTO …i still have the vid of that great weekend back then thanks to Richard…i would never have stuck to CW if it wasnt for my examiners back then and i am eternally grateful for the chance i had to met those who gave me the courage to keep at CW….be at rest my old friend…73 de MI0CMY…(mi1dco)…god bless

    • Graeme Macphee on 21st July 2020 at 1:05 pm

      Hi ive just seen this lovely comment
      Jim would be very pleased to know he had spread the gospel of CW..
      Although i am not an amateur I still have a reasonable knowledge of Morse having learned from my Dad …
      Best wishes

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