CANADIAN EPICS IN RADIOCOMMUNICATION
ALUMNI WHO LIVED THE ADVENTURE OF RADIO
WIRELESS TELEGRAPHISTS - SPARKS - RADIO PIONEERS
RADIO OPERATORS - RADIO TECHNICIANS
RADIO TECHNOLOGISTS - RADIO ENGINEERS
RADIO INSPECTORS - SPECTRUM MANAGERS
ÉPOPÉES CANADIENNES EN RADIOCOMMUNICATION
LES ANCIENS QUI ONT VÉCU L'AVENTURE DE LA RADIO
TÉLÉGRAPHISTES SANS FIL - PIONNIERS DE LA RADIO
OPÉRATEURS RADIO - TECHNICIENS RADIO
TECHNOLOGUES RADIO - INGÉNIEURS RADIO
INSPECTEURS RADIO - GESTIONNAIRES DU SPECTRE
Souvenirs of Buster Doubleday
adapted for the web Jan. 2007
My memory of Buster Doubleday is pretty
thin. He was part of Monitoring staff in the fall of 1941 and he was
Ed Davey's right hand man. He was about 50
years old and it seems to me that he had experience as a Radio Op on the Great
Buster Doubleday was my supervisor at the Monitoring Station, and I did not learn anything of his background. I encountered him again on the air when I retired and became active on the ham bands, He was VE3NF in Kingston, and was in charge of the Radio Regs office there. I assume he had spent the intervening years in the Ontario Region. He was definitely an experienced operator when I first met him in 1942. It would be interesting to know more about his career, but this is the only information I have.
I went into 411 today and looked up a tel number for Jack Whitaker and called him and was lucky to catch him home. He is now 85 years but still going strong.
Buster retired as the Kingston District Manager in March of 1974. I moved there from Corner Brook to replace him and Jack Whitaker was the Supervisor of spectrum . We worked together until 1977 when I replaced Jack Brown in Toronto office. I saw Buster on a regular basic during the three years in Kingston (74-77). He was a good Rotary Man as I remember. He would never buy Coffee and one of the pranks I played on him when he came into the office to visit was to make him pay for the coffee ha ha .
After leaving Kingston in 77, I lost contact with him. Jack tells me he is long long gone but do not know the year that he died. He had family in Kingston and stayed on there after and into retirement. You might google his name and perhaps could contact a child if you are interested in knowing more. The other person who would know lots about Buster is Lorne Greenwood who was his boss.
Oh yes Jack said that Buster was in charge of the Kingston (3 persons) office when he went there in 1959. So he was there 1959-1974
Gerry Brushett - Oct 2006
Buster Doubleday was the manager of Kingston when I first came into the Ontario region from Winnipeg as the Inspector in Charge at Kenora Ontario.
He was quite a nice fellow and since I really didnt know any of the rest of the guys Buster went out of his way to make me feel welcome.