In this section are listed the Silent Key (Obituary) notices for members and former members of the Lothians Radio Society and other local Radio Amateurs.


Former LRS member Bob Rutherford GM0FAL died on 22nd October 2016 in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary following a series of strokes. His funeral was held at Warriston Crematorium on Thursday 3rd November 2016. Obituary.

Bob Rutherford GM0FAL, a former member of the LRS, died peacefully in his sleep on 22nd October 2016 aged 72 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after a series of strokes. His funeral was  held on Thursday 3rd November at Warriston Crematorium.  Obituary.


Rod at an Edinburgh University reunion in 1985

Rod Paton G3SZP died on 7th October 2016 aged 70 in his native Carlisle. He gained his licence in 1964 as GM3SZP while attending Merchiston Castle School as a boarder, and attending LRS meetings. At that time he operated a mobile station running 150W AM in a Mini - actually a Riley Elf! After a degree in Electrical Engineering from Edinburgh University in 1971, Rod spent his entire career with the South of Scotland Electricity Board, initially in Newton Mearns (Glasgow) and then from about 1974 at Kirkintilloch in the SSEB Grid Control Centre. After retirement in 2004, he returned to live at Scotby near Carlisle.

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His son Colin, who has held the call GM7GIB, kindly provided the additional photos below.


Bill Hunter GM3HUN, a former member of the Lothians Radio Society, died peacefully at the age of 90 in a care home on 6th September 2016. Bill had been a Sub-Lieutenant in the RNVR and an officer in the Sea Cadets. He was an avid lifelong CW DXer and a member of the FOC - First Class Operators Club. Bill's funeral at Warriston crematorium on 16th Sept 2016 was attended by Alan GM3PSP for the LRS, and Malcolm MacKinnon GM4AJV. Bill's son, Philip has kindly provided these photographs of Bill in his shack over the years, and his funeral eulogy of which a condensed version is shown below.

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