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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

John Wasiloff (AD8G)

Jan. 27, 2017

John Wasiloff, AD8G and formerly WB8ZXF, passed away on January 27, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer’s at age 79. Like so many of us, John started off in CB radio using a handle of 17W1256. After passing his ham exams he became an avid DX'er and achieved DXCC early in his radio career. He also was an active long- term member of Navy MARS. John was an avid attendee of the Dayton Hamvention, going for over thirty consecutive years. He was known as “Sam” to his close friends because of his Yosemite Sam mustache. John had a large number of interests outside of ham radio as well. He was a drag racer, having set multiple track records at various race tracks in Ohio. He built cars, rode motorcycles, was a musket shooter, loved steam engines, cigars, organ music and was an audiophile. If we moved one of his speakers even a small amount he could immediately detect the sound difference upon entering the room. He was an aircraft mechanic in the US Air Force and became a life member of the Confederate Air Force in the late '70's with the rank of Colonel. (The CAF, now known as the Commemorative Air Force, restores and flies WW II aircraft for historical purposes.) Each year since John would go to the CAF facility in Texas for up to a month to work on aircraft prior to their annual air show. John was retired from J&L Steel after 37 years of service. He was financial sponsor on a restored B-25 bomber. John was an unique individual. He had no problem telling you what he thought on any subject and calling him "blunt" is a big understatement. :-) But you always knew where you stood with him. And on a moment's notice, he would drop whatever he was doing and come to help you out even if you didn't ask him to. He just knew where he could help out and he always did. God Speed, John.

Contributed by: Ray Pesek (WB8NXR)

I knew John from many years ago as part of the Parma Radio Club. John was one of the many hams who helped me get started in Amateur Radio way back when I was a tall skinny high school kid. When I went to my first ham fest in 1977, John gave me a ride there and back, and helped advise me on the purchase of a receiver that would become my station receiver as a Novice. Was he blunt? Yep. You always knew where he stood on an issue. But he had a big heart and he was always there to help if you needed it. John was definitely one of the "good guys". Thanks, John! I wouldn't be where I am today in amateur radio without your help and guidance starting off!

Contributed by: Eric Jessen (N8AUC)

We found a few better pictures that more accurately reflect John than his driver's license photo above.

Contributed by: Ray Pesek (WB8NXR)

And one last one from our years at Dayton, since it's only a month away now.

Contributed by: Ray Pesek (WB8NXR)

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