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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

James Ed Norton (KA8SHZ)

November 27,2001

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of James "Kingfish" Norton KA8SHZ of Cedar Springs,MI. Jim was a friend to many of us as well as a member of the MDXA. Jim was Co-Founder of MARA...the Michigan Amateur Radio Alliance....he also Co-Founded the Brass Ponders Bang Better club! Jim was a great CW man...he made thousands of contacts all over the world! He also held DXCC-WAS-WAC and at least 50 other awards. His radio collection was fantastic,you name it he had it. The most important thing to remember was that Jim was and is a friend to many. He will be greatly missed by myself and the many people who came in contact with him. Jim was famous for saying "Ye Shall Know Them By Their Call Sign"...Jim was a man of great vision,I can think of at least 2 clubs that would never have existed without him! Jim Norton and Chuck LeMarbre came up with the idea for the Great Lakes Award,Jim did all of the Art work while Chuck did the structure of the award. Today the Great Lakes Award hangs in hundreds of Ham Shacks around the world! Why did they call Jim Norton the Kingfish? Well,he was a "King" among men! Jim could take an idea and see it through! He was a motivator and a natural born leader of men. I along with many in Michigan will miss the Kingfish. Next time you tune up that rig of yours on 40 meters think of the Kingfish. He is still out there! Through the Static you can still hear.. "This is Kilo Alpha 8 Sugar Hotel Zulu"....I know now that the Kingfish has made the Ultimate Contact! He is with the Creator of the Universe! Goodbye Jim,we love you and we will miss you.

Contributed by: Charles (W8VOM)

I first met Jim " The Kingfish", when a new club was forming in the Grand Rapids MI.area. Jim desired have a place where people who shared the hobby of "Ham" Radio, could get together and gab, discuss or learn theory and code to upgrade their license. It worked! Not one single soul left the club that Jim put so much hard work in forming, without getting at least a Technician class license. I'll always remember him sitting in a swamp ( our very first FieldDay) and Jim pounding away on the key while the table shook. Jim, you earned your rest. We miss you very very much. (serge till talks about you)

Contributed by: Richie Ranta (K8JX)

This is the "Old King Fish", pounding away at our club's very first field day. 1993. The table shook when he pounded out cq's.

Contributed by: Richie Ranta (K8JX)

Contributed by: Richie Ranta (K8JX)

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