Fred S. Weaver, who always tried to live by the Boy Scout law, died suddenly on Monday Nov. 17, 2014. We are stunned and totally unprepared to continue our lives without him. He was a “great dad,” “loved brother” and “true partner.” The picture is the only selfie known to be taken by Fred and sent by him to show that he had finished filling the wood shed for the next winter. An avid ham radio operator, Fred was also the ultimate vehicular man and could fix anything, a skill he often lamented as it was hard for him to get rid of broken items that could be repaired. Fred enjoyed his “geezer” job as it got him out among people and kept his brain working. Saturday adventures were a treasure to be protected and hanging around the homestead a cherished time.
A storytelling and respect paying will be held at our home on Saturday Nov. 22 and we have been grateful for family and friends who have helped and continue to help us as we continue on. Donations can be made in his memory and honor to the Western Tidewater Radio Association c/o Dick Harrell P.O. Box 323 Smithfield, VA 23431 or the Zuni Historical Society P.O. Box 107 Zuni, VA 23898.
Fred was a mentor and Elmer in the true sense. He conducted countless licensing classes from Tech to Extra and shepherded many many new hams into the hobby. He was a W5YI VE with the WTRA VE Team. Fred was also committed to community service through Amateur Radio as EC for Franklin City and Southhampton County, VA. Fred saw active service in many emergency service callups, most notably Hurricane Floyd which devastated the City of Franklin.
Fred was a member and past President of the Western Tidewater Radio Association (WTRA). Recipient of the first WTRA Ham of the Year award, the award is now named in his honor.