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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)
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