Amateur radio and the Shenandoah Valley Radio Club lost a valued and respected individual when Godfrey Miller, N8GM, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. For about a year, he had been taken care of with love and respect at Lake Manassas Health and Rehab long term facility in Gainesville Virginia. Godfrey’s long-time friend and fellow ham, Royce W3IF, stayed in touch with Godfrey after he moved away from Winchester and often reported back to the club on how Godfrey was doing.
Father, husband, friend and Navy veteran, Godfrey grew up in Winchester VA and joined the Navy in 1956. He loved working as a Mass Communication Specialist, Radio Man and traveling the world. His love of amateur radio stayed with him his entire life.
Godfrey was loved by many and enjoyed life to the fullest by riding bikes, enjoying flying kites, bluegrass music, Alaskan crab legs, and the beach. Godfrey is survived by his wife Elizabeth, daughters Cindy, and Rina, his grandchildren Jake, Sam, Michael and Grace, and great-grandchild Ryan Elizabeth.
Members of the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio club reminisced with great warmth about Godfrey. Tom AF2D shared the photos in this post. “I remember Godfrey as always very pleasant and easy-going,” Tom said. “He loved CW and I think Field Day was his favorite activity. His license plate was CW 4EVER.”
Tom and Larry KB6VAA both remembered that Godfrey played the harmonica at the club’s Christmas party.
“I never saw him without a smile on his face,” remembered Elizabeth W4EHC. “When John WD4GEK and I joined the club, he made us feel so welcome and was generous with his time and expertise in sharing tips for learning CW.”
Rich K3VAT, W4V Custodian for SVARC, recalled Godfrey’s role in a piece of our club’s history:
“During 2013, SVARC launched W4V, a special event station that coincided with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Lee-Jackson state holiday where SVARC club members could operate from the W4RKC clubhouse or from their home stations. W4V was active for three consecutive years tallying around 1,500 QSOs from stations across the USA and the world. Specially designated QSLs were printed along with LoTW confirmations. The vast majority of the paper QSLs, approximately 600, were handled solely by Godfrey Miller, N8GM. Godfrey kept thorough records, and each QSO SASE received was carefully answered with exquisite penmanship that Godfrey was noted for. So, in a way, all those QSL cards are an extension of Godfrey’s commitment to SVARC and love of amateur radio.”
Royce w3IF remembers, “We went to the Samuel Morse Day event at the Boyce Train Station in April 2016. I took several pix of Godfrey at the key and sounder operating position and gave him
a print for his station. I have been looking for the event pix, but have come up short so far. Found the event website:
Morse Day April 2016
Godfrey made a difference and will be greatly missed. He may be a Silent Key but he will not soon be forgotten.