Wellington Radio Club Founder Larry Lazar Dies

Larry Lazar

Former longtime Wellington Radio Club President Lawrence “Larry” Lazar of Wellington passed away on Aug. 9. Known in radio world as KS4NB, Lazar was 77, born on July 13, 1943.

In 1999, Lazar founded the Wellington Radio Club to provide trained radio operators for the Village of Wellington amateur emergency communications service.

The club is also a general interest amateur radio club serving the western communities of Palm Beach County. Lazar retired as club president in 2017, serving continuously for 18 years.

Lazar earned his first ham radio license in The Bronx, N.Y., in 1959 as WA2AAD. After a career as radio engineer with the Florida Highway Patrol in Lantana, he joined Carcomm, a land mobile radio sales and service shop in Jupiter.

In addition to his service with Wellington, Lazar was a mentor to the Palm Beach amateur radio community, assisting new amateur radio operators, teaching classes and organizing workshops.

Lazar always had a friendly voice on the radio, encouraging newly licensed ham operators to “get on the air” and was a regular at Panera Bread in Wellington for coffee and conversation with fellow hams.

Lazar was laid to rest on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Star of David Cemetery in West Palm Beach.