VA3GS Geoff Smith SK – Missing Him Already

I met Geoff about 9 years ago at the Auri]ora Jazz Fest and I was running my pizza oven as a vendor. We got to talking and I was excited to join the York Region club and I made a pile of wood fired pizzas for their volunteering at the event. Geoff was also heavily involved with the Canadian Italian school that I knew many kids that enjoyed a summer credit at the school in Italy.  I did join the club and being active in the different activities we enjoy my greatest fun was working with Geoff on radio classes. Our first class had over 40 attendees with many passing and it was really on Geoff’s excellent work. I was just a ham that carried his bag for him. Field Day, JOTA, Fox Hunts and Public Service events, Geoff was always there. I also learned a lot about his dad recently who was very active in radio in its heyday (WBZ engineer, Radio Canada Antenna in Sackville etc) and was looking forward to seeing some of his dads artifacts. I didnt know this until last year that Geoff was the driver for the CNE station in the Arts and Crafts building. I used to ride my bike for miles and miles to go there with my friends as a young teen to hang on the railing hoping to get a chance to get on the mic at the special event station. There are so many things Geoff did without fanfare and he was always so humble and really defined the word selflessness. On my trip to Italy he was quick to call me up and offer some places to go eat that he brought students to and provide tips on how the train system works. We talked about the exams I was doing on the weekend and how to structure the morse code and advanced classes going forward. These were next steps to get hams licensed and to grow this hobby. Lasrt minute travel made me miss the club meeting on Tuesday night, so it was a heavy shock to find out he passed on so suddenly. Geoff really gave a lot back to the hobby and never took much in return. I will miss him greatly.

VA3GS   Geoffrey Read Smith
5th December 2019

Smith, Geoffrey Read
Suddenly at Southlake Hospital in Newmarket on December 4th.
A celebration of life will take place at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora in the Spring.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral Home.

From the York Region  ARC Board of Directors:
Chris Sullivan (author)
 “Passing of one of our own”

On behalf of the board of directors, I am deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden passing of Geoff Smith,
VA3GS / VE3KCE, of natural causes in early hours of this morning.
Many of our club members had the opportunity to see him at last night’s club meeting
and we are thankful he was able to spend some time in conversation with members of our club,
to which he dedicated so much of his time and energy.
 Geoff has been an active YRARC member for more than 40 years,
winning the Harvey Bell award before many of us even had our licences.
He’s been the driving and organizing force behind our very successful hamfests,
which have kept the club financially sound.
He has also manned the prize table at club meetings for the last several years,
always lent a hand at Field Day and has shared his valuable
wisdom and counsel as a member of the board for as long as we can remember.
Geoff was the club’s first chairman of the board in 1978.
 Last but not least, Geoff brought many new hams into the hobby
and into the club through his ham radio classes and mentoring of students.
His generous nature and considerable contributions to the club’s success will be sorely missed.
 Rest in peace, Geoff. 73 SK.
 YRARC Board of Directors