|George Cassidy, VE6LAW, was born in New Glasgow. N.S. on May 1, 1950. Shortly thereafter his family relocated to New Waterford, N.S. where his father began working in the coal mines.In 1969 George joined the Canadian Navy and, for 7 years travelled the world, sailing to many destinations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In 1976 he joined the Military Police and on Valentine’s Day married Linda, his wife of 27 years. Over the 6 years that followed, the couple transferred around the country, from Halifax to Ottawa, and from Victoria to Greenwood, N.S. It was in Ottawa that George first began toying with two way radios.
After leaving the military in 1980 for the Alberta Highway Patrol in Slave Lake, AB, George studied for his ham licence and set up his first ham shack as VE6BCU.
In May of 1982, George and Linda were joined by their daughter, Erin followed by their son Kyle in February 1984.
As George’s career path led him into the depths of Northern Alberta with the oil patch, he found the only way he could stay in communication with his family and co-workers was with his trusty radios.
In 1988, the great flood of Slave Lake allowed him to upgrade his ham shack, and shortly thereafter relocated to Edmonton where he became a Sheriff with the Provincial Government. It was at this time that George had his call sign changed to VE6LAW, “The Law in Alberta” as he used to say.
Through the years, George met many great people from around the world, and when diagnosed with cancer in 2001 he would spend hours in his ham shack talking with his “ham buddies”.
George passed away March 14, 2003.Thank you for being there for George.
Submitted by Linda Cassidy
|George Cassidy, VE6LAW|