It is with great sadness that I need to inform you all
on the passing of our great friend Bryan Farrar, VE7 BFY.
Bryan passed away peacefully at home last night (Sunday, 3 January 2016), with his family by his side. One cannot fully appreciate the love Bryan had for amateur radio, and for all of us whom he enjoyed it with, nor can we comprehend the void that will left behind by his passing. I cannot think of a single Vector member that Bryan did not touch in one way or another. Either through helping many of you obtain your licence, equipping you with your first amateur radio, digging something out his mole hole that you needed, or sharing his wealth of knowledge.
Bryan was one of the longest running members of both the Telephone Pioneers Amateur Radio Club and the Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization. Providing countless volunteer hours as both a member and Board member of both organizations. It is impossible to take the time to mention the multiple awards Bryan received, or even begin to list the numerous projects Bryan spearheaded, that has undoubtedly left all of us in the Lower mainland, and Province, with a remarkable network of amateur radio equipment, that I’m convinced, one day, we will be very grateful for.
It will be hard to imagine not hearing Bryan check into the Vector weekly net this coming Wednesday night, like he always managed to do, unless he was on one of his many worldly vacations with his loving wife Linda VA7 LDA. In honour of VE7 BFY, I am asking all of you to make a special effort to check in to the Vector net, on Wednesday, January 6th. at 2000 hrs. 145.170 MHz –600 kHz. I know Bryan will be listening, and it would put a smile on his face.
73’s OLD Man
In 1999 I joined the provincial Radio Advisory Committee as the staff liaison from the Provincial Emergency Program. Bryan Farrar was a member and remained on the committee for a number of years. With a background in Emergency Social Services Bryan also represented the interests of the Telephone Pioneers Amateur Radio Club (TPARC) and the packet radio network which remains operational today.
While Bryan was experienced and passionate about Amateur Radio, I was a newcomer to the hobby. Very quickly, I developed a solid friendship with Bryan – a HAM who knew and readily shared so much, in the service of others.
Good-bye Bryan. We will miss you.
FARRAR, BRYAN MAURICE
September 16, 1940-January 4, 2016
Bryan Farrar, 75, passed away peacefully at home after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Bryan was particularly known for his passion and dedication to amateur radio. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 2pm at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, 8680 Hudson Street, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bryan’s name to either the Canadian Cancer Society, or to a Memorial Park Bench in Fraser River Park, Bryan’s favourite park. (https://donate.vancouver.ca/sslpage.aspx?pid=350).
God has him in his keeping; we have him in our hearts.