James C. Tharp, A.K.A WA7KYI (his ham radio call), A.K.A. Popsie, died at his home in Dockton on March 22nd. He was 74 years old. He was a long-time amateur radio operator who loved Morse Code and worked in the radio industry for most of his life.
He was born in Seattle, served in Korea during the Vietnam War, and moved to Vashon in the early 1970s to work at King radio on Maury island. He will be remembered fondly by many folks who he frequently coffeed with at The Roasterie, dined with for Sunday night potlucks, and/or taught about radios and electronics.
He was preceded by his wife, Melanie Tharp, mother, Muriel Pritchard Tharp, and father, Dale Tharp. He is survived by his son Adam Tharp, daughter-in-law Sue Day, Granddaughter Zea Tharp, sister Marilyn ‘Suzie’ Gran and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
A private service will take place later in the spring.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP.)