[CQ-Contest] Gary Schmidt - W5ZL SK

Bob I.2.WIJ i2wij at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 13 04:15:34 PST 2012

It's a great sadness and an unbelievable bad news.
Gary was our Referee at WRTC  2010 in Moscow
Team Italy R37P (I2WIJ-IK1HJS)

We both would like to express Gary's wife and family
our condolences.

Bob, I2WIJ and Carlo, IK1HJS
It is with great sadness that I pass along news of W5ZL's passing earlier
today, February 12th. Gary was diagnosed with a very aggressive colon cancer this past May.  The
cancer moved quickly to other parts of his body, and two chemotherapy
treatment cycles did not slow the spread.  He recently celebrated his 66th
birthday and 43rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Leslie.   To Gary's
delight, Leslie was recently licensed and obtained his former callsign
K5JFP. Gary was an energetic contester and accomplished CW op.  One of his
proudest moments in his 50+ years in our radio hobby was representing Team
USA in the High Speed Telegraphy World Championships (HST) in Bulgaria in
2009.   He was an active FOC member and was currently serving as President
of the Central Texas DX and Contest Club.  Check out his extensive profile,
including the many callsigns he has held, by reading his profile on QRZ.com
. Gary's many radio friends around the world will miss his friendly smile,
great sense of humor, clean fist, and superior operating abilities.
Arrangements are pending. RIP OM. 73, Larry K5OT..
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