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Art Leonard (W6NZL)
July 4, 2006
At age 64, Art Leonard became a silent key due to complications from heart surgery. He was a regular in our 75-meter roundtable who had retired from a successful career as the owner of a large auto repair facility in Sacramento, and had retired to Pilot Hill, CA (in the Gold Country) to enjoy his life and be active on the ham bands. He was an articulate, energetic man of strong opinions, which made for interesting discussions on the radio, and he was a "hard core ham". He will be missed by all.
Contributed by: William F. Crowell (W6WBJ)
Art was a wonderful guy. Very knowledgeable about many things. He was never at a loss for words and always was able to keep things going when everyone else would run out of things to say. I loved talking to him.
I will never forget that wonderful strong signal he poured into my little shack here in Tennessee. I will always remember that he lived in Pilot Hill, in the Gold Country, from the old Wild Western Days and the great gold rush. What a wonderful man he was.
He was a man who suffered physical pain on a daily basis it seemed. But he was a determined sort of guy who didn't let his physical ailments stop him though.And his ailments weren't little, they were major. But, he kept on going like the river, you couldn't stop him. His personal determination to go on is nothing short of an inspiration, and he will surely be missed. I am glad that he will never have to suffer pain anymore, but he will surely be missed by everyone. There will always be a missing voice everytime I turn my radio on 75 meters. It just won't ever be the same. Art was a wonderful ham, a great human being and a proud American.
Contributed by: P.L. Ray (K4ZE)
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