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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Danny Weil (VP2VB)


October 3, 2003


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Danny Weil of San Antonio, TX was born January 14, 1918 in a suburb of London England. He was descended from many generations of watchmakers and was apprenticed in the trade of watchmaking. Later he earned a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Navigation. His father, Jack Weil, was killed during World War II in the London Blitz. Danny joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17 and in the 10 years he served, he was stationed in Ceylon, India, Norway and Stalingrad. Danny left England in 1954 in a boat he made by himself in order to travel the world alone after being inspired when he read the book "Kon Tiki" in 1947. In 1963, after 9 years, 3 boats and travels to the Atlantic, the Carribean and the Pacific Islands, Danny completed his around the world voyage. Needing a means of communication, he taught himself Morse Code, radio theory and obtained a British Amateur radio license. Sailing single handedly around the world was a trip he volunteered to undertake on behalf of radio "hams". His voyage was integral in setting up ham radio stations on remote islands and the expedition was monitored by over 100,000 amateur radio enthusiasts around the world. He is remembered by most "hams" as "the first DXpeditioner." Danny was known as an adventurer who had a dry sense of humor which was characteristic to the British but his heart was warm and his loyalty as a friend was unparalleled. He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Weil and his mother, Christine Eckels. Danny is survived by his close knit extended family of friends, Dan and Barbara Mclhany of Fair Oaks; Bonnie and Billy Henderson of San Antonio and all of the employees at Towne North Animal Hospital. MEMORIAL SERVICE WEDNESDAY 7:00 P.M. PORTER LORING NORTH CHAPEL In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wild Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 690422, San Antonio, TX. The family invites you to leave a message or memory at www.porterloring.com by selecting Visitation and Services. Select "Sign Guestbook" at the bottom of the individual Memorial. Arrangements with Porter Loring North Mortuary.

Contributed by: Jim Reisert (AD1C)


Danny Weil of San Antonio, TX was born January 14, 1918 in a suburb of London England. He was descended from many generations of watchmakers and was apprenticed in the trade of watchmaking. Later he earned a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Navigation. His father, Jack Weil, was killed during World War II in the London Blitz. Danny joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17 and in the 10 years he served, he was stationed in Ceylon, India, Norway and Stalingrad. Danny left England in 1954 in a boat he made by himself in order to travel the world alone after being inspired when he read the book "Kon Tiki" in 1947. In 1963, after 9 years, 3 boats and travels to the Atlantic, the Carribean and the Pacific Islands, Danny completed his around the world voyage. Needing a means of communication, he taught himself Morse Code, radio theory and obtained a British Amateur radio license. Sailing single handedly around the world was a trip he volunteered to undertake on behalf of radio "hams". His voyage was integral in setting up ham radio stations on remote islands and the expedition was monitored by over 100, 000 amateur radio enthusiasts around the world. He is remembered by most "hams" as "the first DXpeditioner." Danny was known as an adventurer who had a dry sense of humor which was characteristic to the British but his heart was warm and his loyalty as a friend was unparalleled. He was preceded in death by his wife Naomi Weil and his mother Christine Eckels. Danny is survived by his close knit extended family of friends, Dan & Barbara Mclhany of Fair Oaks; Bonnie & Billy Henderson of San Antonio and all of the employees at Towne North Animal Hospital.

Contributed by: Jim Reisert (AD1C)


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