William Peter Unger
1954 - 2019
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Bill Unger was born on March 9, 1954 to William Bernard and Monica Catherine (nee Boyle) in Fort William Ontario.

I died peacefully (hopefully) on November 16, 2019. I attended St. Martins, Westgate High School and graduated from Confederation College in the Electronics Technician Program in 1974.

I am survived by my wife, confidant and best friend of over 25 years Rita Comuzzi. I'm also leaving behind my children Suzanne Couturier (Ben) Red Deer and John-Paul Unger in Edmonton and step-son David Gomez (Charlene) Edmonton. I am survived by three grandchildren Aidan, Myah and Layla Couturier in Red Deer whom I will miss dearly. I'm also survived by my three siblings Cathy Babiak (Joe), Paul Unger (Lorie) London, Ont. and Mary Ann Unger.

After graduation from Confederation College I worked for the Department of Communications (DOC) at the Thunder Bay monitoring station as a Radio Inspector. After 4 years with the DOC, I moved to the CBC as a Transmitter Technician and then onto TV Ontario as Supervisor of transmitter operations. In the year 2000 I came full circle returning to Confederation College to teach in the same program I graduated from years earlier retiring in 2011.

I have been active in the Lakehead Amateur Radio Club for almost 50 years holding the Amateur Radio call signs VE3EFC and VE3XT. I was a regional director for Radio Amateurs of Canada from 1997 to 2004 which provided me ample opportunity for travel. Throughout these travels I was able develop many lifelong friendships. In retirement I became active with the 55+ Center as a member of the Amateur Radio Station there. I became president of the board of directors at the 55+ Centre in March 2018.

My wishes are to not have a formal funeral but instead have a gathering of friends and family at a Celebration of Life to be held at The DaVinci Centre on Friday November 22, from 11am-2pm. My ashes will be interred at a later date. I want to thank my wife Rita and Drs McCluskey, Anthes, Aseyev, Davis and the entire staff of 4 North at St. Joseph's Hospital for making the end of my life as good as it could have been.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the RAC scholarship fund via their website or the Northern Cancer Research Fund.


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William Unger will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 14, 2020.

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Published in The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Nov. 20, 2019.
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18 entries
November 29, 2019
Deepest sympathies from all of us in Belleville, ON. (QARC)..
Chris Wiesner
November 22, 2019
Dear Rita, there are no words sad enough to express how we feel. Not just us but the entire amateur radio community worldwide. You and your wonderful family have my sincerest thanks for allowing me to share in his final weeks. It was a privilege.
Ed Baumann VE3SNW
November 21, 2019
Rita and family: We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Fond memories of him as our neighbor on Birch Grove Drive.
Roland and Betty Baird
November 21, 2019
Rita and family
I am so sorry for your loss.
Josie Ierino
November 21, 2019
Rita and Family:

I was saddened to hear about Bill's passing.He will be missed by many.

Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Pierre Mainville, VA3PM
November 21, 2019
My sincerest condolences to Bills family he will be deeply missed and I will say a special prayer.
Chris Baker
November 21, 2019
We have lost a very intelligent and humble man. Bill was always the man of reason and I called upon him often in my tenure as President of the LARC. Bill gladly shared his knowledge to all and used his wit and humour to simplify the most complicated theories and concepts.
Bill was a man of excellence in the field of electronics and expected the same to those he taught and mentored. There are very few intellects that can effectively communicate as Bill always did and it comes as no surprise that he wrote his own obituary. An achiever and teacher even during his last days, this is a man that can never be replaced. Godspeed Bill and may your pain be no more. To all his loved ones and family my sincere condolences, may it comfort you in knowing that Bills legacy will live on in those he mentored.
James StCyr VE3OPD Kakabeka Falls Ontario
James StCyr VE3OPD
November 21, 2019
I was shocked to hear of the passing of Bill. May God be with the family at this difficult time. Bill will be missed.
73's and good DX.
Bruce Jungwirth
November 21, 2019
Rita and Family:

I was saddened to hear about Bill's passing. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend his celebration of life as I am abroad. He will be missed by many.
Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Serge Bertuzzo
November 21, 2019
Serge Bertuzzo
November 20, 2019
Oh my goodness Rita. We cannot believe this sad news. We are away on Marco Island and will not be able to share our thoughts with you regarding Bill. He was such a wonderful man. We both enjoyed talking to him throughout the years. His kind heart and sincere manner will never be forgotten.
Joann Muir
November 20, 2019
So sorry, Rita to read of Bill's passing. We sincerely hope that memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead. Our condolences to you and your family.
Tom & Keri Lefave
November 20, 2019
Dear Rita and family. Our deepest condolences on Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill was a good friend and I enjoyed our friendship during our time on the RAC Board. Take care and God Bless.
November 20, 2019
We were so very sorry to hear about your loss. We always enjoyed my conversations with Bill. He was always so positive - even when he wasn't feeling his best. Our thoughts are with his family - he will be missed.
Angela Saunders and DR M Anthes
Angela Saunders
November 20, 2019
Suzanne Couturier
November 20, 2019
I had Bill as a teacher during my Instrumentation Course from 2005 to 2007. He was a very smart man, always smiling and cracking jokes. He made a challenging program much more enjoyable. Very sad that he is gone.
Matt Upton
November 20, 2019
RIP Bill what a super nice guy always willing to help anyone out. Will be missed.
Pikky Johnson
November 20, 2019
Dear Rita and Family

My condolences with Bills passing.
I got to know Bill through the Lakehead Amateur Radio club.He helped me construct and install my first Ham radio Antenna.Always giving a helping hand where ever needed.

Brian Bolt VA3 BCQ

San Jose , Costa Rica
Brian Bolt
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