HRO Manager Dies

Ham Radio Outlet Store Manager Tom McDuffie of Carlsbad suffered a stroke Friday, July 11 while driving on local state route 52. He died the following Monday at Sharp Hospital in Kearny Mesa.

According to his wife Susan, he was able to pull to the side of the road then lost consciousness. CHP found him in the vehicle a few hours later and had to break the window to get in.

Tom was taken to Sharp Hospital in Kearny Mesa, where he was admitted unconscious to the Intensive Care Unit.

Memorial services will be held on July 23, 2009 at 12:00 (noon) at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego 92121. From I-805, take Mira Mesa Boulevard east one block to Scranton Road, then right to Carroll Canyon, then left to 5600.

Tom, ham callsign KM6K, had managed the San Diego HRO store since 1979. The store has served as a source of broadcast RF supplies. He was a car enthusiast as well.