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Bernard Bonnar

Bernard Joseph Bonnar

Sunday, January 17th, 1932 - Saturday, January 30th, 2021
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Hebron, Yarmouth Co., N.S.

“Bernie” passed away in Yarmouth Regional Hospital on the 30th of
January, 2021 at the age of 89. He was born in Tracy, N.B. on the 17th of January,
1932, the son of Ora Bertram Bonnar and Eleanor (Landers) Bonnar. Bernie was a
retired telecommunications technician who moved to Hebron, N.S. in the 1970’s.
He was an amateur radio operator, holding the call sign VE1UT for 70 years. He
made contacts and friends all over the world, and promoted interest in amateur
radio for most of his amateur radio career. He devoted countless hours to various
community organizations, including the Yarmouth Amateur Radio Club, Ground Search and Rescue, Emergency Measures, (REMO), and Scotia Sportsmen’s Association.
He is survived by his wife, Veralyn (Rogers) Bonnar, son, Mitchell (Lynda) Bonnar,
daughter, Bernadette Ryan (Dennis), grandchildren, Holly (Ralph) Dempsey,
Carlynn Bonnar and Barrett Bonnar, and two great grandchildren, Landon
and Liam Bonnar.
He was predeceased by his former wife, Carol (Carlyn) Harpell Bonnar and her
children, Christopher Colwell and Linda MacFarlane.
Special thanks go to all Bernie’s excellent caregivers and staff of Yarmouth Regional Hospital.
There will be a private family graveside service at a later date.
Donations in memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Yarmouth Ground Search and Rescue or the Yarmouth SPCA. Online condolences may be sent to sweenysfh@eastlink.ca, or you may sign the guestbook online at www.sweenysfuneralhome.net
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Tom Alldread

Posted at 03:20pm
Our condolences to Bernie's family and friends from the amateur radio TransCanadaNet ham radio forum! The following SilentKey tribute in memory of Bernie was presented during the TransCanadaNet on April 11, 2021 which was shortly after we received word of his passing:
"We recently became aware and are sad to report that Bernie, VE1UT of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia became a silent key a couple of months ago on January 30th.
Bernie who held the VE1UT callsign for 70 years was an accomplished Amateur Radio technology pioneer. Back in the day, when it was very difficult to do, one of his accomplishments was the setting up an EME station. This involved the installation of a large, az-el rotor controlled, array of yagi antennas, the home brew building of the then state-of-the-art low noise temperature pre-amplifiers, 1000 Watt RF output 2M VHF power amplifiers along with the associated high voltage heavy duty power supplies. The EME communications required special operating skills including celestial moon tracking, Doppler shift corrections and the sharp operating skills needed to pick the cw signals out of the noise whilst using a very narrow band receiving system.

We will surely miss Bernie's regular check-ins from Yarmouth, way down there in Canada's South-East corner.

Before carrying on with the net I would like to declare a moment of silence for Bernie who we expect is monitoring from the great radio room in the sky "
Tom, VA7TA
TCN Manager - transcanadanet.com

Mitchell Penney

Posted at 07:57am
To all the family. So sorry for your loss.
Such a great loss, for the whole community, the nicest person I have ever met. A very good neighbour for years.

Jim Hannon VE1AFH

Posted at 07:51am
Veralyn and family. Please know we all share the sorrow in the loss of Bernie. A well respected and community oriented man who gave his all for the betterment of emergency communications and advancement in Amateur Radio. I have known Bernie for quite a few years and will always remember him as a gentleman and friend. Jim Hannon VE1AFH Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Association.

William and Doreen Rogers

Posted at 04:31pm
Doreen and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Joey and Bernies family for your loss.
I had the pleasure of socializing with Bernie and Joey on a number of occasions when I visited them at their summer home in Raynardton. I know that Bernie loved this place very much. He enjoyed mowing the large lawns and the landscape maintenance. His renovations and additions to this fine home are readily visible.
It was always a great pleasure to meet with Bernie. He always spoke in a quiet and gentle manner. I could tell that his long and eventful life gave him valuable insight on many subjects. When he spoke you paid close attention and listened to each word.
Bernie was indeed a one of a kind. His contributions to the community will be surely missed.

Russ Gardner

Posted at 06:14pm
Sorry to hear of Bernie passing, sending our sincere sympathies to Veralyn and family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Russ (Wb1dgs) (VE1BLC) and Bea.

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