Radio Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that RAC Corporate Secretary Sukwan Widajat, VA3WID, has become a Silent Key while in Indonesia.
Sukwan became RAC's Corporate Secretary in June 2015 and he made a significant contribution to our operations for the past three and a half years. I worked closely with him throughout this period and always appreciated his enthusiasm, helpful recommendations and eagerness to help make our organization the best it can be.
We are all volunteers and know that people have other responsibilities and he was an example of balancing these. In addition to his volunteer work with RAC, Sukwan served as the Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Pak2000 Inc in Boston.
Sukwan was originally from Indonesia and he moved to Canada in 2011. He started his career at the Arthur Andersen Jakarta office of Coopers & Lybrand and later at Price Waterhouse also in Jakarta, Indonesia. He worked as a Vice-President of Finance and Corporate Secretary and was also a non-Executive Director of a paper product distribution company in Brampton, Ontario.
He obtained his first Amateur Radio licence in 1998 in Indonesia and he received his Basic with Honours certificate in November 2013 in Canada. He became a member of RAC and the Mississauga Amateur Radio Club in early 2014. He was a DXer and an Amateur Radio Teletype (RTTY) and satellite enthusiast. He also held three call signs: YB0SWI, VA3WID and AB1XM.
Sukwan was well known and much appreciated by the members of RAC’s Board and Executive, past and present, who have benefited from being able to work with him for these past several years. We are all shocked and saddened and extend our sincere condolences to Sukwan’s family and friends.
Please stay tuned to the RAC website for additional information.
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
Radio Amateurs of Canada