February 19, 2015

From QCWA Headquarters

QCWA Bulletin 2015-004 - Ralph Stewart 'Tony' Hirsch, W8RSH Silent Key

It is with sadness we report the passing of QCWA # 29471 Ralph Stewart
'Tony' Hirsch, W8RSH, of Worthington, OH., on February 2, 2015 at the
age of 74.
Hirsch was elected to the QCWA Board of Director in 2008 and served
until 2011. He was a member of the QCWA Finance Committee and served
as its Chairman from 2002-2004 and 2006-2008. 

Hirsch was a graduate of The Columbus Academy and Ohio Wesleyan
University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, a
record-holding swimmer, and a photographer/writer for The Transcript.
He was employed by Hirsch and Hirsch Insurance and later by the
Huntington Bank.

Hirsch was first licensed in 1957, and a pilot since 1959, was a
financial consultant for municipal governments and small businesses
in Columbus, Ohio. He served as President of a $325 million bank
owned leasing company. Hirsch founded his company Cambridge
Financials in 1983, and placed it in trust while serving as lease
company President.

Hirsch participated in MARS, emergency communications for Red
Cross, ARES, state and national CAP. As well was active in Air
Force AIS investigations, airline and general aviation crash
investigations and was an aviation insurance risk manager for
over 35 years. He was a CFI with single and multi instrument
jet aircraft type ratings, and logged over 4,900 total flight
hours. Hirsch founded the International Aviation Theft Bureau
and was a member of several FAA task force committees including
the National Airspace Review, and served on the NBAA Airspace
and Air Traffic Control committees. 


Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
President, Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. ebruary 19, 2015