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MINOR (JACK) TENNANT
Date of Passing: Jan 19, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
MINOR (JACK) TENNANT
January 19, 2021
Minor Tennant was born into difficult circumstances in rural Saskatchewan back in 1923. Placed in the Moose Jaw Orphanage as an infant, he was adopted and raised on a farm near Chaplin. He rode to school bareback. The Dakota still lived on the land. There were hard days on the farm and lots of them.
The platform where, as a young man, he stepped on the train and headed off to war is just a mound of grass now. The town that he called home has long since been reclaimed by the prairie. Overseas, he lost good friends
D-Day morning when they landed on Juno beach. He was wounded himself but stayed on duty for hours relaying messages. After months recovering in Britain he went back into action, contributing to the liberation of France and the rest of Europe. He went through the entire war always on the radio and never fired a shot.
Jack, as his friends liked to call him, came back home with shrapnel in his back and a beautiful young British woman on his arm. After the war he and Phyllis were stationed in Paris where he was assigned to NATO. Over the 67 years they spent together, Jack served many assignments overseas in far off places like Egypt and Vietnam. Military duty also saw them living all over Canada. Together they raised David and Pamela. Another son, Jeffrey, was lost shortly after his birth.
After his career Jack stayed on the air as a ham radio enthusiast, speaking "over the airwaves" to folks literally around the globe and far above it. His hundreds of contact cards include those from space shuttles and the MIR space station. In his later years Jack and Phyllis moved from the Ottawa area to Winnipeg to be closer to their daughter Pamela Tennant and her husband Reg Sherren. Of course, the fact that they also adored their grandchildren Mitchell and Emma may have played more than a small roll in that decision.
He lost Phyllis in 2014. Things were never really the same after that. There were trips with son-in-law Reg back home to visit his good friend Delores Lansdall and family in Saskatchewan, and a return overseas with grandson Mitchell to honour his fallen comrades. In recent years he was awarded the Legion of Honour medal by the Government of France for "Extraordinary Military Bravery and Service in Times of War." It is France's highest military award.
In his final years, living at Deer Lodge, he always enjoyed going to the pub for a pint while Reg played a few songs on the guitar (old westerns were his favourite) and short outings to Assiniboine Park with Pam who took such loving care of him every day. Another of the greatest generation is lost to us. We all loved him so very much. Happy trails Jack. We will never forget you.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 30, 2021
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
I cared for Jack in the last several years. He touched me deeply with his kind soul. He was a man of few words, but his spirit was deep. His love for his family and his war experiences created a depth of character that drew me to him and made me just want to be around him. I admired him so much. I will never forget spending the moment of silence on veteran’s day with him each year, a man who’s sacrifice on that day meant so much. I will miss you Jack, and will never forget you. Condolences to you Pam, Reg, and family. - Posted by: Carolyn Tata (Friend) on: Mar 19, 2021
So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. My interactions with Jack were brief and infrequent but deeply memorable with his sharp wit and warm heart. Nice to know that he had wonderful caregivers who appreciated him as much as I did. My life was enriched by having met him. Rest in Peace Dear Jack and know that the trumpets are blowing and the Lord is waiting with open arms. - Posted by: Kim Goolia (Family friend) on: Feb 03, 2021
I knew Jack as before and after he was president of the Chapter 70 of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) in Ottawa. He lived in Richmond, Ont. for many years and often visited him and chatted by email after he moved to Winnipeg, He was an excellent signaller, friend and his presence will always be remembered by many local Ottawa members of amateur radio club. He sent me a photo of the Legion of Honour when he received it. Many memories go with his passing. May he rest in Peace. - Posted by: Ralph Cameron (Amateur radio friend VE3BBM) on: Jan 31, 2021
So sorry to hear about Jack. I had the privilege of meeting Jack many times over the past 30 years. Truly a nice, wonderful person. There is no doubt that this is the loss of a fine gentleman. Condolences from all of us here to Pam and David, Reg and family. - Posted by: Scott Taylor (Family Friend) on: Jan 31, 2021
That Manitoba Amateur Radio Museum Inc. is sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. I had several telephone conversations with Jack, callsign VE4AHZ ex callsign (VE3AHZ, Ontario) over the past few years. In the hobby Jack is now considered a SK (Silent Key) a term of respect of a deceased radio operator. SK is used in telegraphy to indicate the end of a radio transmission. Our condolences to the Tennant family. “73” in Morse code means “Best Regards” Jack - Posted by: Bruce Johnson (Amateur Radio friend) on: Jan 30, 2021
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