John grew up on the Niagara Peninsula.


Education / Employment History

John graduated from Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree, specializing in Chemistry. He served a two-year fellowship in Chemistry at OAC, then joined his father on their fruit and vegetable farm.

1940 – He joined the RCAF Signals Branch to begin a 19-year career in the RCAF. Served most of the war on staff at all four RCAF Wireless Schools.

1943 -1944 – Posted as Signals Officer to Eastern Area Command HQ (Halifax) and then to Gander, Newfoundland.

1944 - After taking a six-month radar conversion course he was posted to the RCAF Radar School at Clinton, Ontario

1945 - 1949 - After the war he was posted to RCAF  HQ (Ottawa) in the Ground Training Directorate, and finally as Senior Staff Officer in charge of all RCAF Electronic Training.

1949-1951 - Posted to No 6 Repair Depot (Trenton)

1951-1954 – Canadian Joint Staff – London, England – Senior Telecommunications Liaison Officer.

1954-1959 – RCAF HQ (Ottawa) Deputy Director of Communications.

1959 – Retired from RCAF career

1959-1972 – Civilian Electronics Engineer until Integration of Services in 1972.


Amateur Radio History


After a couple of years playing with Ford spark coils and crystal detector John applied for an amateur radio certificate.

1924 - First licensed as VE3DH at St Catharines, Ontario.

Since 1959 active from Ottawa on CW and SSB with an SB-102. Liked CW traffic-handling, QSO Parties and contests though not a serious contester. Reported regularly into the Ontario-Quebec CW Traffic Net.

Member of the American Radio Relay League  and held ORS, OTC, WAS, WAC and has an ARRL 30-WPM Morse Code Proficiency Certificate (limited by hand-writing speed as he couldn’t type).


Member of  QCWA and one of the twenty-one Charter Members of Chapter 70.


He passed away in 1979.


Biography prepared by VE3XK                                                                                                     2010-10-25