Fwd: [tapr announce] Dr. David Toth, VE3GYQ, SK

Bill V WA7NWP wa7nwp at gmail.com
Sun Feb 28 09:29:52 PST 2010


Another sad moment ...


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From: Steven Bible
Date: Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 9:22 AM
Subject: [tapr-announce] Dr. David Toth, VE3GYQ, SK
To: tapr-announce at tapr.org


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of friend Dave
Toth on February 26, 2010. Dave was President Emeritus of TAPR and
also served as its President (2005-2009) and as a member of its Board
of Directors (1987-1993 and 2004-2010). VE3GYQ will be best remembered
for his dry sense of humor and his efforts to make TAPR's
participation in the HPSDR project a resounding success.

Dave's Obituary reads:

Dr. David Bradley Toth, 55, died at 3:10 p.m. Feb. 26, 2010, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 11, 1954, in Windsor, Ontario, to Thomas S. and Magda
M. Kachler Toth. His mother survives in Windsor. On June 16, 2009, he
married Ronda S. Nartker, who survives in Spencerville.

Dr. Toth graduated from the University of Western Ontario Medical
School in 1978. He practiced family medicine in London, Ontario. He
moved to the U.S. in 1993 and began a career in emergency medicine. He
was a partner of Premier Health Care Services, in Dayton, and worked
at Lima Memorial Health System and St. Rita’s Medical Center until the
time of his illness. He was a member of the American College of
Emergency Physicians, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
He was board certified in Family Medicine of Canada. He was president
of the Regional Physician Advisory Board of EMS and was also the
medical director of Ada, Bath and Spencerville EMS.

He was a private pilot for 30 years. He loved to go to the Allen
County Airport and fly his Twin Comanche as much as possible. He was a
member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, EAA and the
Comanche Flyers. Besides flying, he was an amateur astronomer. Since
he was a young boy in school, he enjoyed looking at the night sky and
reading about space and the stars. He had his own observatory that was
seen opened up on clear nights. He set up the London, Ontario,
Astronomy Club and served as its president. He was also a member of
the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and belonged to the Lima,
Dayton and Columbus Astronomy Clubs. He traveled for NASA to Chile and
Australia to fix telescope problems. He worked closely with Software
Bisque to make computer programs to operate telescopes. You could
catch him planning trips to Starfest and the Winter Star Party yearly.

He was also a HAM radio operator since the 1970s. He would talk for
hours with his call sign VE3GYQ. He set up the London, Ontario,
towers. He was the Tucson Amateur Packet Radio president from 2004 to
2009. In his spare time, he enjoyed a round or two of golf with
partners or for fundraisers. He also enjoyed hitting the slopes if
possible to ski.

Survivors also include two sons, Michael Toth, of Bowling Green, and
Christopher Toth, of London, Ontario; a daughter, Caitlin Toth, of
Montreal; a stepson, Rusty Nartker, of Spencerville; two brothers,
Brian (Susan) Toth, of London, Ontario, and Darryl (Helena) Toth, of
Lakeshore, Ontario; two sisters, Stephanie (Frank) Capizzi, of Shelby
Township, Mich., and Sondra (Dana) Woltz, of Windsor, Ontario; an
aunt, Apollonia “Loni” Noll of Windsor, Ontario; and numerous nephews
and
nieces.

Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Catholic
Church. Father Stephen Blum will officiate. Burial of the cremated
remains will be at a later date.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday and 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at
the Shawnee Chapel of Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, where a parish wake
service will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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