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Bill LEAHY, K0ZL of B&B Technical Services SK

Discussion in 'Silent Keys / Friends Remembered' started by K6AER, Feb 3, 2009.

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  1. K6AER

    K6AER Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bill LEAHY, K0ZL passed away yesterday from an industrial accident at the Miller Coors brewing plant in Golden, CO. According to Miller Coors, employees discovered his death at 9 PM last night. Bill had been with Miller Coors for over 30 years.

    Bill had been a ham since he was a boy and loved the hobby. He and his wife formed B&B Technical services in 1982. Bill was one of the premiere repair services for Kenwood as well as other radios. He specialized in restoring older ham gear and in many instances added special modifications to improve popular models. In his repair business he was always fair and timely in producing A+ repair service.

    In 2007 B&B Technical services was chosen to be the USA reprehensive for the Expert SPE line of solid state linears.

    No arrangements as of yet have been made for Bill service and internment. Bill will be deeply missed by all in the ham radio community. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie KB0HTC.

    Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.
     
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  2. GW3YDX

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    K0ZL SK

    As the UK representative for SPE I grew to know Bill quite well, indeed only on Monday Bill posted me pictures of his QTH with "real snow" as he called it, compared with the sprinkling we have had in the UK these past few days.

    Bill was one of those treasures that we find less and less in ham radio these days. A true technical genius who did not talk down to people, was utterly fair in business and also he had a dry and deep sense of humor that appealed to us Brits in particular.

    To say that we will miss him is putting it mildly. Our thoughts are with Bonnie his XYL, and Bill's family.

    73 Bill. CU.....

    Ron GW3YDX
     
  3. ZS2HK

    ZS2HK Ham Member QRZ Page

    ZS2HK

    I did not know Bill that well, we only met in Jan of this year. He helped me out with the repair on my TS-50 via email. He was the type of person that became close to you very quickly.
    He was a true HAM and the embodiment of Amatuer Radio Spirit worldwide, a good person to his core!
    Wish we had more hams like him.
    He will be missed ALOT!

    God Bless and keep his family, our wishes, from all hams in South Africa to his
    family and loved ones.

    Good bye Bill, best 73, and good DX!!

    Henning Kriel
    ZS2HK
     
  4. KD4POJ

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    Billl Leahey, K0ZL of B&B Technical Services

    Bill will be sadly missed. I met him only recently and sent my TS440 to him Thursday for repairs. Everyone I have talked with has said he was the best. After chatting with him briefly I discovered what a kind individual he was. What a great wealth of knowledge and was willing to share that knowledge freely. I know the Lord will welcome his kind soul.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Bonnie and the family.

    Rest in peace my friend
    Dwayne
    KD4POJ
    ex DA1PJ, OX3PG
     
  5. KM5TC

    KM5TC Ham Member QRZ Page

    K0Zl SK

    Talked to Bill once over the phone about my KW 120s. He explained to me
    it was fixable, but given the age of the radio my money would be better
    spent on obtaining a newer ham radio. I'm a non tech person, yet Bill took
    the time to give me a tour of what was on on the inside of the 120s causing
    the problem. I took his advice, sold the radio for parts and bought a Icom 718.
    Lets keep his YL in our prayers. KM5TC
     
  6. I0ZY

    I0ZY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bill Leahey, K0ZL of B&B Technical Services SK

    I am stunned and shocked by this news.
    In over one year of knowledge I have had the opportunity to appreciate the
    great technical and human qualities of Bill, rarely I have had the
    opportunity to meet a so honest, able and available person.
    Condolences to KB0HTC Bonnie (to whom I will separately write), but
    condolences also to all of us for the loss of a friend and of a great OM.
    Dear Bill, I owe you these few lines!!
    Gianfranco
    I0ZY
     
  7. W0RIC

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    Bill Leahey, K0ZL of B&B Technical Services SK

    Bill will be truly lost by the Ham community. He was an outstanding Elmer & Friend.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's wife Bonnie and their family.

    Bill's contribution to Amateur Radio went above and beyond expectations.

    He touched many lives in his short life.

    He will be missed dearly.

    Good Bye Old Friend-R.I.P.
    Rick-W0RIC
     
  8. N0DRC

    N0DRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well known radio repairman, family man, and friend dies...

    ARRL Colorado Section NEWS RELEASE:

    For Immediate Release:
    Date: Feb. 4, 2009
    Time: 09:00 AM MST

    For more information contact:
    Dustin Cox, N0DRC
    Phone: 719-369-4026
    n0drc@pion0drc.net

    Well known radio repairmen, family man, and friend

    Arvada, Colorado, Well known in the ham radio community William Leahy, K0ZL of Arvada, CO passed away on February 3, 2009. According to Miller Coors, employees discovered his death at 9 PM last night. Bill had been with Miller Coors for over 30 years.

    Bill had been a ham since he was a boy and loved the hobby. He and his wife formed B&B Technical services in 1982. Bill was one of the premiere repair services for Kenwood as well as other radios. He specialized in restoring older ham gear and in many instances added special modifications to improve popular models. In his repair business he was always fair and timely in producing A+ repair service.

    In 2007 B&B Technical services was chosen to be the USA reprehensive for the SPE Expert line of solid state liner power amps. Some of the other ham radio operators who knew him really well had this to say about him.

    “As the UK representative for SPE I grew to know Bill quite well, indeed only on Monday Bill posted me pictures of his home with "real snow" as he called it, compared with the sprinkling we have had in the UK these past few days.

    Bill was one of those treasures that we find less and less in ham radio these days. A true technical genius who did not talk down to people, was utterly fair in business and also he had a dry and deep sense of humor that appealed to us Brits in particular.

    To say that we will miss him is putting it mildly,” Said Ron, GW3YDK of the United Kingdom (UK). Others also commented saying “Bill will be truly lost by the Ham community. He was an outstanding Elmer & Friend.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's wife Bonnie and their family. Bill's contribution to Amateur Radio went above and beyond expectations. He touched many lives in his short life.” Said Rick, W0RIC of Centennial, Colorado. Others also commented on the death of William Leahy, K0ZL. William will surely be missed not only by his family but by his friends and the ham radio community. William told his wife Bonnie KB0HTC before he died that “he did not want anyone to mourn but instead have a party when he dies because he knew where he was going when he died.”

    No arrangements as of yet have been made for Williams service and internment. Bill will be deeply missed by all in the ham radio community. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie KB0HTC. As we gets dates and times for Williams services we will be sure to update everyone.

    ###​

    Source: Dustin Cox, N0DRC, Bonnie Leahy, KB0HTC
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009
  9. N0DRC

    N0DRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    NEWS RELEASE: Well known radio repairman, family man, and friend

    I have just posted a press release with the permission of his wife to get a copy of the press release please visit the link below.

    http://pion0drc.net/press.aspx

    73 de N0DRC

    Dustin Cox, N0DRC
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009
  10. K4PDM

    K4PDM Ham Member QRZ Page

    K0ZL

    I cannot really add anything except to echo what has already been said.

    He was a knowledgeable, patient man who was always upfront with everyone.

    Bill has left a great example for the rest of us.

    He fixed one rig for me and gave me lots of help on others. I never met him, but his giving heart shone thru in everything he did.

    My prayers go out to his family, and I feel priviliged to have known him just a little.

    73, Paul K4PDM
     
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