Tony Howard, G1TKX, 17 June 2015

| June 22, 2015
Tony Howard, G1TKX (SK)

Tony Howard, G1TKX (SK)

b Sheffield, South Yorkshire 1957 d Sheffield, South Yorkshire 17 June 2015, aged 58

Tony Howard was born in Sheffield and spent his entire life in the ‘Steel City’ otherwise, often referred to as ‘the biggest village in England’, a reference to the open, friendly people of the city.

After attending primary and secondary school, Tony went on to attend Totley Thornbridge College, later to become part of Sheffield City Polytechnic and subsequently, Sheffield Hallam University, where he studied for his Certificate in Teaching.

Tony’s career in teaching which ranged over thirty years, took him to a variety of schools, latterly, Brantwood School for Girls and Sheffield College.

Starting as a radio amateur at about the same time that he went into teaching, his enthusiasm for his hobby and life-long passion was ably demonstrated by his ability to use his teaching skills to impart knowledge at Foundation, Intermediate and Full Licence levels with pupils of varying backgrounds and ages ranging from seven years to over seventy; his afore-mentioned enthusiasm reflected in very high pass rates.

Tony also became an exam question writer at all three levels, a challenge which he readily accepted.

He further turned his radio interest to additional practical benefit, through membership of the Sheffield and Rotherham RAYNET Group; assisting both at the Hillsborough Disaster and in 2007 during the Sheffield floods.

As well as being a ham, Tony also developed an interest in steam and diesel engine preservation, being a volunteer with the Historic Shunters Trust for many years.

Of course, Tony also had a home life and after many years of friendship he married Sonia in August 2000. A loving husband, brother-in-law, uncle and great uncle, Tony and wife Sonia, shared a liking for both the Derbyshire countryside and holidays in Norfolk, to where they would travel in a car packed with radio equipment and room for very little else!

Tony is survived by Sonia and an extended family.

Tribute by Andrew Claxton

Category: Silent Keys