Vic Waters, VE7ALR (SK)
-- Long-time Vancouver Radio Broadcaster and B. C. Entertainment Hall
of Fame member Vic Waters died peacefully with his wife Thelma at his side
on August 19, 2008. Born Charles Victor Waters on September 9, 1918, Vic was
the youngest of 4 children born to William James Waters and Enid Vivian Ramage.
Vic grew up in Grandview, and was well known for his theatrical performances at Britannia High School. From his early teens, Vic had a strong interest in "The Magic of Radio", and earned his Amateur Radio License and set up his own amateur radio station -- first as VE5QH and then as VE7ALR where he remained an avid "Ham" throughout his life.
Former CJOR Vancouver personality and program director Vic Waters
was 89 and unique among broadcasters, in that he only ever worked at
one radio station. He was a wireless operator, engaged to copy Trans Radio
news for CJOR and the Chicago Daily News Foreign Service for The Daily
Province in 1939. He was a studio operator/announcer at CJOR in 1941 and
1942, breaking for duty in the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1946.
Some background in his own words...
I started in radio in 1938. I was taking a wireless-telegraphy course at
Sprott-Shaw School on Robson Street and was asked by an instructor as to
whether I could copy Morse code at 35 words per minute and I said yes. I was
During his retirement years, Vic was actively involved in community service, and enjoyed traveling, family affairs, music, and lawn bowling. In addition to Thelma, his wife of 67 years, Vic is survived by their two children, Rick and Laura, and by grandchildren Catherine, Michael, Paul, and Emily, and by 5 great grandchildren.
At Vic's request, there was no service, but Vic loved a party, and a sharing of memories and celebration of his life for family and friends took place on Friday, September 5, 2008 from 5 PM to 8PM, at his Vancouver home. He would have loved the party!.
"If there's a microphone in heaven, you can be sure Vic will grab
A large portion of the preceding text and some images were borrowed with
thanks from author Jack Bennest of the 'BC
Radio History' website. The BCDX Club is extremely grateful to Mr.
Bennest for the use of this material which allows us to fully document our
friends rich life in radio broadcasting. Please read the complete Vic Waters
biography located on BC Radio
History' website in the Biographies section.
Portions of text on this page ware also taken directly from the obituary published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 8/21/2008.
Vic, VE7ALR was a long time BCDX club member
Vic was a driving force behind the BCDX Club Convention
Comments from Club members
Some words from Reg, VE7IG...
Vic was a DX'er in the days of Frank Taylor, VE7GI, Vic Cumyow, VE7VC and Bill Wadsworth, VE7ZM. I had been in his shack a few times and remember he had a Collins Console of some kind. My interaction with Vic was on a more personal level, not DX'ing so much, although he was there in the background for us younger guys back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. We used to go out for drinks at a bar before going to the club meetings, Vic and several of us would meet.
He was a highly respected broadcaster in those days at CJOR. He performed almost every kind of job there over the years and had a famous talk show at one time. He was very suave and sophisticated and extremely well spoken. He had a great grasp of the language and a very smooth radio voice, on ham radio too. I know he often made things happen for us in preparation and during the Pacific Northwest DX conferences when we hosted them in Vancouver in those days.
In a 2003 conversation between Paul, VE7BZ and Vic...
Vic told me that many of the older members fondly remember their AM rigs and their corresponding reluctance to embrace SSB as the new technology of the day in the early fifties. But embrace it they did. Vic went on to say this new medium allowed him to be amongst the first to in our area to work Turkey.