Paul R. Dumdie, Jr. W9DWP, Silent Key
October 6, 1954 - September 12, 2018
It is with deep regret and sadness that the Illinois Repeater Association must announce the passing of Paul R. Dumdie, Jr., W9DWP. Paul held the position of Technical Committee Chair for the IRA for the last 3 years, and during that time, he provided us with invaluable assistance in resolving matters of interference and helping with the myriad technical details of the organization's Amateur Radio coordination efforts. His friendly good nature, technical expertise and dedication to the Amateur Radio Service and Community will be greatly missed. Paul was 63 years old, and had recently retired as Senior Field Engineer for AT&T Mobility, and was a graduate of Dundee High School in 1974, and attended Elgin Community College in 1976. Services will be private.
Aaron A. Collins, N9OZB
IRA Freqeuency Coordinator
September 13, 2018
September 17, 2018 - From Paul's family:
"Any and all who knew Paul please consider attending his celebration. Here's the details:
Celebration of Life Honoring Paul R. Dumdie, Jr.
You are cordially invited to celebrate the life of Paul R. Dumdie, Jr. aka W9DWP on October 6th, Paul's 64th birthday.
Required attire: NASCAR, Car Club, Radio, Disney, and Hawaiian shirts only. Or something bright and colorful.
Unique Banquets by Moretti's (formerly Sweet Caroline's) is at the SE corner of Higgins (Rt 72) and Barrington Rd. - It is next to the Moretti's Restaurant.
RSVP positive attendance and number attending ONLY by October 2nd. - Send RSVP to Sharon : firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Sharon, Nick and Adam"
"Paul had a deep commitment to anateur radio and the IRA directly. Paul was a Chair of the Technical Committee for the past 3 years. He missed our last annual meeting only because he had horrific stomach pains that came on the day of the Officers meeting; this was to become his first notice of the cancer he learned he had soon thereafter. He fought the disease furiously; undergoing surgeries followed by multiple rounds of Chemo. Through that entire time, he remained positive in life and family, was very proud of and very thankful that he was able to see his son married early this summer, and he continued to enjoy his amateur radio hobby and actively contributed to it. Just three weeks ago, he was still busy moving much of the equipment he had collected over the years to hams that could make good use of it. Retiring just a few years ago, he looked forward to many years of enjoying his family and hobbies; that was cut far too short. In August, I was able to thank Paul for his efforts and contributions to amateur radio. He never indicated he knew he had reached the end of his battle; he knew it to be so, but remained optimistic for his family and friends. He did talk briefly about how he had obtained his uncle's callsign 15 years ago, to honor him as he got Paul interested in amateur radio. Many of us met Paul when he was WB9QWZ. I discussed with him how this was very parallel to my introduction to ham radio with my uncle, K9RYW, who passed away early this year. I hope that his son now picks up Paul's call to continue to honor the amateur radio legacy of the Dumdie family. He will be missed. Paul Dumdie, W9DWP, SK."
Greg Buchwald, K9QI
September 13, 2018
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