Frederick Oliver

VE3 HHenryCCharlie

1912 - 1999

Fred died peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital in Guelph on Sunday November 7, 1999 after a long illness.

His cheerfulness and generosity will be missed by his family, friends and employees of Hammond Manufacturing.

For over 60 years Fred helped to build Hammond Manufacturing with his brothers Len, Roy and Ken into one of Canada's oldest and largest electrical and electronic equipment manufacturer.

An amateur for more than 70 years, Fred  started building radios in 1923 and became a Radio Amateur in 1929.  He was elevated to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 1996 and -- among other accolades -- had been named Canadian Radio Amateur of the Year and was recently honoured by the Quarter Century Wireless Association for his 70 years .  His contributions to Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio causes are legendary.

Fred and his long time friend Tom Wong VE7BC were responsible bringing China back on the air in 1983 with BY1PK. 

ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, recalled Fred as an enthusiastic and generous supporter of the ARRL. ''Fred was one of our most loyal benefactors,'' he said. ''Hammond Manufacturing Company cabinets grace W1AW and the ARRL Lab through his beneficence.''

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A favorite personal project of Fred's was the Hammond Museum of Radio.  It recently was reorganized and reopened to continue his vision of preserving the history of radio for present and future generations.   This is a "must see" for anyone visiting the Guelph area. (45 minutes West of Toronto)

Fred was a founding member and past President of The Southern Ontario Chapter 73 of the Quarter Century Wireless Association.   Through his leadership he built the local chapter to the largest chapter in the association.

Funeral Services were held Thursday November the 11th from the Harcourt Memorial United Church in Guelph where a celebration of Fred's life  was eulogized by Martin Rosenthal VE3MR and Fred's two sons Bill and Rob VE3EIL.

Many friends from around the world have been paying tribute to Fred at the Hammond Museum of Radio Guestbook. If your life has been touched in some way by Fred, the family would appreciate your comments.

Click for a tribute from the Sanderson Hour

Click to read the eulogy by VE3MR

Letters and cards of condolences to the sons and family may be sent c/o

Hammond Manufacturing Company
394 Edinburgh Road
Guelph, Ontario