Warren A. "Jim" Dean
Joined DOT in 1959 - Retired from DOC in 1991
Ham Radio Call Sign VE7ZX
personnal correspondance with Jim in May 2009 -
After a number of years in the British Royal Air Force and working as a
seagoing Radio Officer with the Marconi Company and the New Zealand Shipping
Company, living and working in various parts of the world, Jim
arrived in Vancouver in 1958.
Almost immediately after arrival, he was offered a
job with the Department of Transport as a Radio Operator. Like every other new
recruit the first thing the DOT did was to integrate him into the wonders of
weather reporting techniques and so, after a few weeks of training in Vancouver,
posted to Dog Creek near Williams Lake in BC and then to Sandspit in the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Still not having shaken the travel bug, after a few months, he applied on
a competition to move to Ontario where the Operations Manager sent him to
Ottawa aeradio. He had been there until 1962 when he applied for and won a competition to the DOT Radio Regulations
Branch where he became a "full fledged" Radio Inspector at the Toronto
Jim worked in Toronto (RI-2 & RI-3) from 1960 until late 1967 when
another competition poster arrived, this time for a Military Liaison Officer in
DOT HQ Frequency Assignment Section, Ottawa. After discussing it with the
Regional Superintendent in Toronto, he applied and won the position,
working with Al Heavenor/ (DOSF) from 1967 to 1970. In late 1970 he took
a lateral transfer as an EL-5 and relocated to Vancouver, working for
a few months with the Regional Engineer. In early 1971 he applied for and was
accepted into the bilingual exchange program and was transferred in early
1972, together with his family, to Quebec, where he worked at the Port
Alfred district office.,
Out west again, returning to Vancouver in 1973-74, he looked after Microwave licence applications and on
the retirement of Ron Thomas, he was promoted to EL8, Regional Manager of
Authorization. Jim retired from DOC in March of 1991, having worked with Duncan Black
and Hal Halliday.
Lately, he has been teaching word processing,
spreadsheets, accounting, and tax software programs. He also is
involved in assisting seniors with their income tax returns. He lives in North Vancouver, BC and has a daughter and two sons, both
boys born in Ottawa and currently living in the Vancouver area. His
daughter is married and has a son and two daughters, and is currently lives in
Warren A. "Jim" Dean
October 7, 1928 - November 30,
A. "Jim" October 7, 1928 - November 30, 2016
Jim was born
in Plymouth, England and immigrated to Canada in 1958.
survived by his wife Elma; his daughter Roslyn (Raymond); sons Robert
(Cheryl) and Alan (Kimberly); grandchildren Trisha (Paul), Christopher and
Kathleen, Rachel and Samantha, great-grandchildren Cohen, Benjamin and
predeceased by his parents Stanley and Grace Dean.
Jim spent his life in Canada serving
the Canadian people as a Civil Servant.
He will be
missed by family and friends.
wishes to express their thanks to the dedicated staff at Kiwanis Care
Centre for the support he received the past two years. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made in Jim's memory to the BCSPCA or the charity of your
Kelly, VE3FFK - RAC HQ Volunteer)