07. September 2018 · Categories: News · Tags: ,

It is with great sadness to share the news about the passing of Jim Weidner, the founder and enthusiastic leader of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society.

James Weidner

James Weidner giving ALRHS award

I first met Jim online around 2000 when I volunteered to help with the WLOL. Jim’s charisma was obvious and it was clear the idea of a lighthouse amateur radio group was successful due to his energy and focus. The ARLHS old and new simply would not exist without his steadfast stewardship.

Ever pragmatic, Jim’s recent years were spent in full recognition of the limits of life here on earth. With this in mind he set out to ensure his beloved ARLHS continued. The result was passing of the baton to yours truly and I am ever appreciative of the trust he placed in me to captain the ship. Jim’s friends are numerous and many continue to help me fulfill his goals of the ARLHS… so in a very real way, Jim lives on in all of us as we continue to make ARLHS what it is today.

Thank you Jim. We all will miss you very much.

John, kx4o


From information provided by family

On September 1, 2018, age 77, of Merchantville, NJ. He was the beloved husband of Regina (nee Stewart) and father of J. David Weidner, Jeffrey Weidner and Timothy Weidner.
He is also survived by 6 grandchildren Heather Lee, Dillon, Gavin, Jillian, Hannah Lynn and Nicholas and one sister Patricia Goodwin.
Jim was born in Carlisle, PA and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He was an English teacher for over 30 years in the Northern Burlington Regional School District. He was the founder and creator in 2000 of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society using the call sign K2JXW.
Jim was and active member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Office of Emergency Management for the Borough of Merchantville. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM and on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Interment will be held in Locustwood Memorial Park.

From a local news outlet

James H. Weidner of Merchantville, N.J. passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. He was 77. He was the beloved husband of Regina (Stewart) Weidner and father of J. David Weidner, Jeffrey Weidner and Timothy Weidner. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Heather Lee, Dillon, Gavin, Jillian, Hannah Lynn and Nicholas, and one sister, Patricia Goodwin. Jim was born in Carlisle, Pa. and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He was an English teacher for over 30 years in the Northern Burlington County Regional School District. In his earlier years, Jim enjoyed outdoor photography, fishing and bowhunting and later was the captain of his vessel, the “Sandy Claws”, making numerous trips with Regina to the Chesapeake Bay. He was the founder and creator in 2000 of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society using the call sign K2JXW. Jim was an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Office of Emergency Management for the Borough of Merchantville. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Alloway Funeral Home, 315 E. Maple Ave., Merchantville. Interment will be held in Locustwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA – American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Alloway Funeral Home, Merchantville, N.J.