It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we lost a good friend and long time amateur radio operator, Warren Elly, W1GUD, in his battle with adrenal cancer. Warren was 64 and had been battling cancer publically through a blog called “The Way Forward”.
Warren had been a ham for around 50 years, starting in New England before Florida became his home. He was a constant source of guidance and inspiration, not only for the Tampa Amateur Radio Club, but for all amateurs in which he came in contact with.
Warren was an on air journalist at Channel 13 until his retirement nearly two years ago. Many of you knew him in both his professional life and his personal life. Warren currently served as the trustee of the W4DUG call sign for the Tampa Amateur Radio Club and had served TARC through the many years from the days on Davis Islands until his passing. He was the driving force behind the Field Day success of placing 2nd nationwide and spearheaded the antenna project at the clubhouse that brought all of us that portion of our remarkable facility. He was an avid fan of AM broadcasting, especially with his favored boat anchor equipment, yet he was in the forefront of innovation recently acquiring a Flex software defined radio.
He was survived by his remarkable wife Lona who fought by his side this awful disease, his sons and grandchildren.
Amateur radio has suffered a terrible loss.
The family will receive visitors from Noon- 2PM. The service will begin at 2PM at Bayshore Presbyterian Church, 2515 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629