Arthur George Spencer
23 October, 1920 – 21 December, 2010
Arthur George Spencer, P. Eng, VE3 AGS - Father, husband, friend, businessman, radio ham and World War II veteran. On Tuesday December 21, 2010 George, as he was known to friends and family, died quietly in his sleep. As one of the first 1,000 Canadians to go to England during the Second World War, George had a distinguished career serving the Allied Forces in RADAR. Born in Innisfail Alberta, 1920, the first of two children to Carrie and Edward Spencer, George grew up in St. Catharines. Always a keen learner, George was interested in electricity, radio and science at a young age. George enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force where he applied his knowledge to the defence of Britain from air attack. George returned as a commissioned officer and pursued an Electrical Engineering degree at the newly opened Ajax campus of the University of Toronto. After the completion of his degree George pursued a long career in pulp and paper as well as consulting to the mining and petrochemical industries. In Winnipeg, George was named president of Teshmont and went on to open Spencer Engineering. The Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy honoured him as distinguished lecturer. All the while he remained active in organizations like the Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club under the call letters VE3 AGS and was a Director of the American Radio Relay League. George was so passionate about ham radio that he was known to climb the radio tower at his house well into his 70’s. George is predeceased by his brother Bill and survived by his wife Jean and daughters Jayne, Debbie and Margo. George is also survived by his loving grandchildren John, Michael, Caroline, David, Eric and his great-grandchildren Leila, Mila and Lucy. A church service will be held at the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara, 223 Church Street St. Catharines, on Wednesday December 29, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Friends and family from the community are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in George’s name to the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara or Albright Manner at 5050 Hillside Drive Beamsville. Arrangements are being handled by Hulse & English Funeral Home 905-684-6346.
Arthur George Spencer
January 4, 2011
To Jean Spencer & Family:
I was shocked when I only learned today of George's death. I first met George when I was a newcomer to the RCAF and we met as members of the Montreal Amateur Radio Club in the late 1940s. Many years later we met once again when we were Directors of the Amateur Radio League of Alberta. In the following years after your family moved to Jordan George and I were requested by Communications Canada to work together on a project and I remember two delightful visits to Jordan in those years. Because of our deep involvement in amateur radio George and I were often in touch with each other for many, many years. I shall miss him greatly. Per Ardua ad Astra.
My sincere condolences to all of you.
Earle Smith - VE6NM
Past President Radio Amateurs of Canada
December 26, 2010
Blessings, Ches & Betty (Hunter) Fulton, Huntsville, Ont.