It is with sadness that we heard of the death of Paul Nicholson, G3VJF on 11 September 2013.
Paul had been a radio amateur since the early 1960s. He was also a pharmacist, running two chemist shops in North Kent for some years. He moved to Chestfield in the early 1980s, where shortly after that, Thanet Radio was founded in Beltinge. This was the small beginning, which led to the establishment of Icom UK.
Paul held the position of Chairman of ICOM (UK) Ltd for about 25 years, since the company was founded in the early 70s.
During his years at Icom, he supported many amateur radio projects, among them the Kent Repeater Group, where he was very much a force in assisting the development of the Group and its repeaters in Kent. The first KRG meeting on 13 December 1974 saw Paul elected as Treasurer of the group. Today, Icom still supports the KRG. Paul was also a lifelong member of the RSGB.
He was a stalwart member of the East Kent Radio Society where over a period some 30 plus years he served both in the position of Chairman and later as Secretary, this position he held for over 25 years. He was greatly respected by all members and the wider amateur fraternity, for his knowledge and effort he put into the Society.
During Dennis Goodwin’s, George Miles’ and Karl Davies’ years of tenure in the position as Chairman, we knew if we needed help or guidance, we could always rely on Paul. He was a devoted family man and friend to many and he will be sadly missed, but not, forgotten. We all have many, and different memories of Paul that will live long.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and her family at this time.
The Final Flight
Don’t grieve for me; for now I’m free, I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call; I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way; I’ve found that peace at the end of the day.
If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I savoured much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.
Tribute by Karl Davies
Chairman, East Kent Radio Society
Category: Silent Keys