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Friday, June 27, 2014

NWA/DL Capt. Thomas L. Perillo

NWA/DL  Capt. Thomas L. ‘Tom’ Perillo
June 23, 1955 ~ June 26, 2014

    News with the passing of NWA/DL Captain Thomas L. Perillo has been received.  Captain Perillo had just reached his 59th birthday this month.  He joined Northwest Airlines 09-06-1983 and was currently a Captain with Delta Air Lines.  Captain Perillo’s caringbridge journal notes that he had been fighting Lyme Disease these past two years, symptoms worsened and in May he was diagnosed with late-stage ALS.  Services will be held in Hudson WI June 30th and July 1st....please see information below. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com/  
Survived by his wife Diane and sons, personal condolences may be sent to the family at
517 Joseph Circle , Hudson  WI 54016-7868
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN &
blogspot at  


Thomas L. Perillo, age 59, of Hudson, WI, Captain at Delta Airlines, passed away June 26, 2014 surrounded by his wife Diane; and sons Anthony, Michael and John.  Visitation from 3-8 PM, with an 8 PM Prayer Service, Monday, June 30 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI, and 1 hour prior to Mass on Tuesday.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM Tuesday, July 1 at St. Patrick Catholic Church.  Interment will take place at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Carmelite Monastery of Hudson.
O'Connell Family Funeral Homes , 520 11th Street South , Hudson  WI  54016-2149 ... (715) 386-3725
Visitation: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM , St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St. Hudson, WI
Prayer Service: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 8:00 PM , St. Patrick Catholic Church , 1500 Vine St. Hudson, WI
Visitation: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM , St. Patrick Catholic Church , 1500 Vine St. Hudson, WI 
Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 11:00 AM , St. Patrick Catholic Church , 1500 Vine St. Hudson, WI
From: RNPA News Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 6:45 AM   Subject: RNPA News: Tom Perillo Has Flown West.

Found on Tom Perillo’s CaringBridge site.

Final Flight

As some of you may have heard by now, my dad passed away in his sleep early this morning.  As you can imagine, we already miss him dearly and his passing was a tremendous loss for our entire family.  Thank you again for your love, kind words, and prayers.  This site was a wonderful source of support for my dad and my family when we desperately needed it over the past month.  Words cannot describe how much all of you mean to us.

Visitation will take place on Monday, June 30, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with a prayer service at 8:00. The funeral mass will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 1, with a 1-hour visitation prior to the service.  His burial and a luncheon will follow the mass.  The visitation, funeral mass, and luncheon will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, located at 1500 Vine Street, Hudson, WI 54016.  There is a brief obituary in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which can be found on their website and will be published in both tomorrow's paper and the Sunday paper.  A more detailed obituary will be published in the Hudson Star Observer either this coming week or the following week.  The obituary and funeral arrangement details can be found at  http://www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com/.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DL F/A Candy Wayert, wife of DL Capt. Jack Wayert

MSY DL F/A Candy Wayert, wife of DL Capt. John H. ‘Jack’ Wayert
August 19, 1945 - June 23, 2014   

From: Carole Lovelace <kismetxa@aol.com>
Date: Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I regret to inform you of the passing of former New Orleans flight attendant Candy Wayert, wife of retired Delta pilot Jack Wayert.
Candy was unique and special to her friends and coworkers... she will be greatly missed. Please keep her loved ones in your prayers as they face this very difficult time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Fielding Funeral Home, Covington, LA.  www.ejfieldingfh.com
Condolences may be sent to:  Jack Wayert . 78446 Booth Road . Folsom, LA 70437 

Obituary for Candy Wayert

“Candy” Knight Cucchiara Wayert passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, due to complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was born on August 19, 1945 in New Orleans, LA to Vivian Eimer Cucchiara and the late John Knight.

Beloved wife of John H. “Jack” Wayert, Jr.; Sister of Peggy Knight and the late Bruce Cucchiara; Aunt of Caitlin Cucchiara Picou (Scott, M.D.), and Christopher Cucchiara (Jayde); Great Aunt of Jackson and Camilla Rose; Step-mother of John H. Wayert, III (Katie); Grandmother of Danny, Charlie, Lucas, Sam and Little John.

Age 68 years. Candy was a native & life resident of Covington and Folsom, LA. For 34 years Candy was a Delta Flight Attendant and loved to travel. She will be greatly missed by Family and Friends.

Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at St. Joseph Abbey Cemetery 75376 River Road St. Benedict, LA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Tammany Humane Society 20384 Harrison Ave. Covington, LA 70433 or call 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NWA/DL Capt. James Patrick Millegan

Celebration of Life: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Discovery Park Visitor Center, 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle WA.
Obituary ..............................
Capt. James Patrick Millegan died June 19 climbing the North Twin of the Twin Sisters Peaks, a mountain east of Bellingham that he loved and had originally intended to climb on his 60th birthday a month earlier.
Pat Millegan learned to fly in the Navy and rose to the rank of Commander. He was a captain with Delta Airlines at the time of his death. He was looking forward to a retirement that would give him more time to spend on his other interests. He was a gifted writer, an avid photographer, a good friend to many different people, a certified scuba diver, a sailboat captain, a lover of animals, and an enthusiastic if not yet expert surfer. He practiced the mandolin every day. He enjoyed traveling to places such as Malaysia, Australia, France, Switzerland and above all Hawaii with his companion of 13 years, Cyndia Sieden. While on an exchange tour with the Royal Dutch Navy, he became fluent in Dutch and Amsterdam was his second home.
Pat was exposed early to a love of the outdoors. His engineer father, Jim Millegan, had roomed in college with Harvey Manning, the unyielding conservationist who wrote copy for The Mountaineers' "101 Hikes" books. Harvey gave Patrick the classic "Cascade Alpine Guide" by Fred Becky, and Pat recorded almost every route and peak he climbed on the cover pages. One of Pat's passions was "just being in the mountains for the beauty of it," said Dave Thompson, the climbing partner who was with Patrick at his death. "He didn't climb mountains just to bag peaks," said Thompson.
Anybody who spent time with Pat quickly realized what he WAS into it for. He could wax eloquent about being camped atop a ridge, having a fog bank roll in, and suddenly finding one's self cut off from the earth below. He talked of early morning sun hitting gold needles of larch trees in the Enchantment Lakes. He had seen the Aurora Borealis from high in the remote, rugged Picket Range of the North Cascades National Park.
Patrick did climbs that rank as classics. He climbed the north ridge of 9,415-foot Mt. Stuart in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, as well as the north ridge of 10,778-foot Mt. Baker, and 12,000-foot Mt. Hunter in the Alaska Range. In the Himalayas, Pat climbed Ama Dablam, the beautiful but fiercely steep 22,000-foot peak down the Khumbu Valley from Mt. Everest. At the time of his death he was still corresponding with one of the sherpas he met there.
A much-younger Millegan was once leading a Bellingham Parks & Recreation climb of 9,127-foot Mt. Shuksan when Robin Brodt, his wife at the time, fell while descending the Fisher Chimneys. She tried to self-arrest and ended in a snow gulley with a severely injured foot. "He took control of the situation and he and another climber splinted my leg," she remembers. "He coordinated my rescue and was cool, calm and collected throughout the ordeal."
Patrick had a particular love for the Pickets, scaling 8,200-foot Mt. Challenger, as well as 7,200-foot Mts. Triumph and Despair across the valley. He did winter climbing in Joshua Tree National Park, in the Southern California desert and in Escalante, Utah. He reached the summit of 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, while participating as videographer for a documentary.
Pat had a life-long passion for downhill and back-country skiing. He was also an avid mountain biker.
Pat was a very caring individual. He was a trained peer advisor for the Delta Pilots' Assistance Network. He was always willing to be on call to assist those working through personal crises.
A celebration of Pat's life is planned for September 20th at 3:00 PM at the Discovery Park Visitor Center, 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle, 98199.
Patrick Millegan was preceded in death by his father Joseph. He is survived by his son James Riley Millegan, his fiancee; Cyndia Sieden, his mother Martha Millegan, brother Corey Millegan and sister-in-law Diane Millegan; nephew Maxwell; his sister Jan Carlson, brother-in-law Leslie Carlson; and niece Naomi Priest.
Patrick Millegan died in a good place. He was proud of his son and loved him unconditionally. He was glad to be a co-parent and friend to his ex-wife, excited about traveling to Hawaii with Cyndia as a passenger rather than a pilot, and eager to climb more mountains, both literal and figurative. He will be missed by all who knew him.
It was Patrick's wish that remembrances be made to the North Cascades Conservation Council, the Center for Wooden Boats, and the Queen Anne Helpline.
Sign Patrick's on line Guest Book at www.legacy.com
.Published in The Seattle Times from July 15 to July 16, 2014

NWA/DL Capt. James Patrick ‘Pat’ Millegan
May 12, 1954 ~ June 22, 2014

Confirmation has now been received with the accidental death of NWA/DL Captain James Patrick Millegan, age 60.  Captain Millegan sustained injuries due to a free climbing accident last Thursday.  Captain Millegan joined Northwest Airlines 01-06-1989. 
Information is limited for now... more will be advised when arrangements are known.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Delta/NWA pilot and mountain climber James Patrick Millegan has perished.

Rescue crews recovered the body of a Seattle mountain climber Sunday, June 22, after he died in a fall while climbing the Twin Sisters last week. {Twin Sisters are dual peaks just southwest of Mt. Baker and east of Bellingham, WA.} The climber was identified as James Patrick Millegan, 60, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office. Millegan fell Thursday while at the 6,300-foot level of the North Twin, a 6,600-foot peak southwest of Mount Baker. He and a partner were free climbing and not using any ropes or harnesses at the time, according to the sheriff's office. His climbing partner trekked down to the 4,900-foot level to call 911 around noon Thursday. The partner said the man suffered a head injury in the fall but was alive at the time he left to call for help. Mulligan died from blunt head and chest trauma sustained in the fall, said Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel, who performed an autopsy Monday morning. Search and rescue teams with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office and Bellingham Mountain Rescue tried over several days to recover the body but were thwarted by cloudy weather. A helicopter was able to reach the area Sunday to recover Millegan's body. 
-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Riley <bababill@gmail.com>      Sent: Mon, Jun 23, 2014 11:12 am
Subject: DELTA/Northwest Pilot Dies in Mountain Fall
Climber dies after fall near Mt. Baker

 Sent: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:07:43 AM
Subject: Pat Millegan

I'm saddened to have to share this news.  We lost another good one just the other day...  Pat Millegan lost his life in a climbing accident here in the Pacific Northwest.  Following is a news report from KOMO News 4 in Seattle.   I have NO other details at this time.  Thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Millegan family.

ACME, Wash. - A climber who fell Thursday while climbing a peak in the Twin Sisters Range of the Cascade Mountains has been found dead.

The climber fell while at the 6,300-foot level of North Twin Sister, which is southwest of Mount Baker. A companion had to climb down to the 4,900-foot elevation to get a cellphone signal and call for help.

He reported that his partner appeared to have fallen 100 feet and had a severe head injury, but was alive at the time of his leaving for help.

Crews attempted a helicopter rescue Thursday afternoon, but the attempt was aborted due to inclement weather in the area, said Kent Catlin, deputy director of Whatcom County Emergency Management.

Ground crews eventually were able to get into the difficult and steep area where the fallen climber was located. By the time a crew reached the climber he had died of his injuries and he had to be left for the night until further efforts to recover him could be made.

On Friday morning, a helicopter team began the difficult task of trying to recover the man's body from the dangerous slope where he was found, Catlin said.

He said it appears that the climbers were not using any ropes or harnesses at the time of the accident and were free-climbing.

The climber's name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

DL Capt. Robert W. Kallies

DL Capt. Robert W. Kallies
December 26, 1929 ~ June 23, 2014
News has been received with the passing of Delta Pioneer & Delta Golden Wings member retired DL pilot Captain Robert W. Kallies, age 84.  Captain Kallies joined Delta Air Lines 07-09-1956 and retired at the mandatory age 60.  He was based Chicago for much of his career, then Miami, and finally Atlanta at the time of his retirement. 
Arrangements are pending. 
Survived by his wife Doris J. ‘Jeanne’, personal condolences may be sent to the family at  
4755 Whispering Pine Way , Naples  FL 34103-2453  ...  (239) 262-5605
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
From: Jim Crivolio    Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:17 AM    Subject: The passing of Capt. Robert William Kallies

Today at 11:15 AM
Just received from Retired Capt. Harry Spataro:
Former ORD Chief Pilot Capt. Robert William Kallies, Delta Pioneer and Golden Wings member passed away yesterday in Naples, Fl. He had hospitalized and passed away from medical complications. Capt. Kallies replaced Chief Pilot Capt. Jack Reeves at ORD later transferred to ATL. There are no arrangements to announce at this time.
Condolences to: The Kallies Family ( Spouse name Jeanie ) 4755 Whispering Pine Way, Naples, FL 34103
home phone 239-262-5605

DL Capt. Andrew P. Brown

Andrew P. "Andy" Brown 
Andrew P. "Andy" Brown, a retired Delta Air Lines captain and former Air Force pilot, passed away at his home in Nocona on Friday, June 20, 2014. Service: Andy's "final flight west" will be at 2:45 p.m. Friday, July 11, for his interment in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Following the interment, family and friends will gather at 4:30 p.m. for refreshments at the Blue Room, Candlewood Suites, 4200 Reggis Court, Fort Worth. Memorials: Solaris Hospice, 2250 S. FM 51, Suite 400, Decatur, Texas 76234, or a  charity of choice  , in lieu of flowers. Andy was born in Massachusetts in 1938 and grew up in Pennsylvania, where he attended Washington and Jefferson College. Following his 10-year service as a pilot in the United States Air Force, Andy began a distinguished career as a pilot with Delta in 1967. During his long aviation career, Andy qualified to fly several different military and commercial aircraft. He also served on the board of directors and several committees of the Air Line Pilots Association and represented its interest as its National Legislative Affairs Committee chairman for several years. Andy was a longtime resident of North Texas. Survivors: Wife, Charlotte; son, Andrew; sister, Cathy Colussy; brother-in-law, Emery Colussy; niece, Carrie McQuillen and her husband, Scott, and their children; and many friends and associates.

DL Capt. Andrew P. ‘Andy’ Brown
January 25, 1938 ~ June 20, 2014
From: David L. Roberts    Sent: Monday, June 23, 2014 5:47 PM

CARES AND CONCERNSThank you to retired Delta Captain Ralph Wolken for sending the sad news of the death of former 700th pilot and retired Delta Air Lines Captain Andrew P.  'Andy' Brown.  Andy had been treated repeatedly this year for kidney failure but I haven't received the cause of death yet.  He was a C-124 pilot in the 700th MAS at Dobbins AFB during that era and was mobilized during the USS Pueblo Crisis in 1968-69.  He was born January 25, 1938 and hired by Delta July 3, 1967.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to his wife Charlotte at 934 S. Greenbrier Road, Nocona, TX 76255-4008, phone 940-825-5454.  I will forward the obituary when I see it.

As of 20:00 Sunday

While I was in Houston this past weekend I received some very sad news from Andy's wife, Charlotte. She informed me that Andy had passed away at approximately 02:40 AM on Friday, June 20. 

When I receive the pending details and/or information from the family I will forward them to you.  This happened rather quickly and is a shock to all of us.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

DL Capt. John Thomas Lynch Jr.

DL Capt. John Thomas ‘Tom’ Lynch
September 10, 1938 ~ June 20, 2014

News has been received with the passing of DL pilot Captain John Thomas Lynch Jr., age 75.  Born/raised in Mississippi, Captain Lynch joined Delta Air Lines 02-14-1966 and was based Atlanta. 
Arrangements are uncertain as of yet.  For more information and to sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at   http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=John-Lynch&lc=7132&pid=171441748&mid=6018253  Arrangements are under the direction of
Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home , 2950 North Cobb Pkwy, Kennesaw  GA 30152 | 770-422-7299.
To the best of our knowledge, the Lynch family may be contacted at (770) 428-3823 ... 
address:  1649 Acworth Due West Rd NW , Kennesaw  GA 30152-3906
Should we receive more information we will be sure to post it on our blogspot at  http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN
From: David L. Roberts    Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2014 6:48 PM   Subject:  Flight West

....from retired ATL Captain Don Collins.   Lynch was born 9/10/1938, hired 2/14/1966.  He was not on my NET, is not a member of DGW.  Don't know about Pioneers.
This is all I found online:  http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=John-Lynch&lc=7132&pid=171441748&mid=6018253

From: "Don Collins" <nutty1@bellsouth.net>
Subject: Flight West
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:35:23 -0400

John T "Tommy" Lynch passed June 20th after a short illness. His former wife Sylvia (don't know if she's retired ) a Delta Flight Attendant called to inform me.
She can be reached at 770 428 3823 and said there will be A Celebration of Life but as of now plans are uncertain.
Would you contact whoever needs to know or give me the info as to who to contact.
Tommy was in Class B-66 as was I. We started on Feb. 14, 1966 and he was from Raymond, MS.
Don Collins

NC/RC/NWA Capt. Gordon C. Gran

US Navy veteran, NC/RC/NWA Capt. Gordon Carter Gran
October 14, 1934 ~ June 16, 2014
Notification with the passing of retired pilot Captain Gordon C. Gran, age 79.  Captain Gran began his commercial aviation career with North Central Airlines 11-18-1959 and retired with Northwest Airlines in 1994.  Services will be held for Captain Gran on June 24th at 9:00 AM with visitation the evening prior at the Justen Funeral Home in McHenry, Illinois. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.justenfh.com/default.aspx   or   
Captain Gran is survived by his wife JoAnn.  Our records show the address/phone contact for the family as   
7515 Howe Dr.,  Wonder Lake  IL 60097-8752  ...  (815) 653-5447 
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Gordon C. Gran
Born: Oct. 14, 1934; Chicago, IL
Died: June 16, 2014; McHenry, IL
Gordon Carter Gran, age 79, of Wonder Lake, died Monday, June 16, 2014, at Centegra Hospital - McHenry. He was born October 14, 1934 in Chicago to Carter and Viola ( Reller) Gran. On October 30, 1960 he married JoAnn Annette Borseth in Chicago.
Gordon attended Lane Tech High School and went on to graduate from the University of Illinois where he studied in their aviation program.
Gordon proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator, where he flew reconnaissance missions over the North Atlantic in the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation. His military service was followed by a long career as a pilot with North Central Airlines, Republic Airlines, and Northwest Airlines. From the classic Douglas DC-3, to the McDonnell Douglas DC-9, to the Airbus A320, Gordon's career experienced aviation's golden years and it's advancements with A320's electronic controls and glass cockpit. In all, Gordon's career spanned 35 years leading to his retirement in 1994.
Gordon had been a resident of Wonder Lake since 1962.
Gordon's passion was flying and maintaining his privately owned Cessna 172 and restoring Herman, his 1967 wooden Chris Craft. He also enjoyed boating and had an avid interest in antique boats and enjoyed Wonder Lake. He was a member of ACBS, Antique Classic & Boats Society and also a member of the Wonder Lake Kiwanis.
Survivors include Gordon's wife of 53 years, JoAnn; two sons, David (Sharon) Gran of Stafford, VA, Richard (Lori) Gran of Wonder Lake; eight grandchildren, Garrett, Kyle, Mark, Melissa, Adam, Ryan Richard, Ryan David, and Lindsey; and a sister, Carol Brett of Hawthorne Woods.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. Visitation will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral home until the 10:00 a.m. funeral service. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Woodstock, IL.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, his family suggests memorials to Paralyzed Veterans Association, 2122 W. Taylor St., Room 126, Chicago, IL 60612.
For more information, please call the funeral home at 815-728-0233, or visit www.justenfh.com , where friends may leave an online condolence message for the family.
.Published in the Northwest Herald on June 19, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

DL Capt. Robert A. Irvin

In Memory of Robert Augustus Irvin
May 12, 1920 - June 15, 2014

Service being held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:00 AM at:
H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel
1157 Old Canton Road NE
Marietta, GA  30068
(770) 977-9485

From: Jim Sibley   Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 8:04 AM    Subject:  Robert Irvin Memorial Service - Saturday @ 11AM

This is all that I have received. 
Jim Sibley
From: k kelly Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 10:07 AM
Subject: Robert Irvin Memorial Service - Saturday @ 11AM
Please call me with questions and/or concerns.  In lieu of flowers, we are asking that all contributions go to the Parkinson Foundation. Contact information to be provided on Saturday.
Thank You,
Kim Kelly, Bob's Lead Caregiver   kk2assist@yahoo.com  


DL Capt. Robert Agustus Irvin (Kilroy)
May 12, 1921 - June 15, 2014

Word has been received with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta Pilot Captain Robert Agustus Irvin. Captain Irvin joined Delta Air Lines 10-02-1951 and was based Atlanta.  Our records indicate his date of birth as May 12, 1921 and that he was 93 years of age at the time of his passing.  Captain Irvin had struggled with the effects of Parkinson’s  disease for many years.  He was widowed in July 2009 with the passing of his wife and care giver Sara Lacy ‘Sally’ Irvin.....her obituary appears below.
The Irvins had most recently resided at
54 Robyn Way , Marietta, GA 30062-5174  ...  (770) 676-9820 
Online condolences for the family may be shared at the funeral home website but to date services have not been posted.
Arrangements have been entrusted to
H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel
1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA 30068 | 770-977-9485
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
Sara Irvin learned how to water ski when she was a young woman. Her family enjoyed Lake Allatoona and occasionally skied on Lake Rabun in North Georgia.  Mrs. Irvin skied well into her 80s.  “I told her I thought she was nuts,” chuckles Bess Hopkins of Athens, Mrs. Irvin’s second cousin. “She just laughed and kept on going.”
When she stopped completely, it wasn’t for lack of stamina or desire. “Know why she quit?” asked her son, Michael Davis of Atlanta. “My stepfather has Parkinson’s disease and she was worried about him. She said, ‘If something happens to me, who is going to take care of him?’ She could have skied two or three years longer. She didn’t just ski, she slalomed, too.”
Sara Lacy “Sally” Irvin, 85, of Marietta, died July 31 of nonsmoker’s lung cancer at her home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Canton Hill chapel of H.M. Patterson & Son in Marietta, which is handling arrangements.
Mrs. Irvin was raised in Albany where her parents ran a dairy farm. She graduated from Albany High School, them moved in the 1950s to College Park because her father took a job in aviation.
After marriage, Mrs. Irvin settled down to raise three children in College Park, her home for nearly four decades. When the children grew older, the divorced, single mom entered college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design at Georgia State University.
“None of her other friends did that,” said Sara Lanier of Jonesboro, who lived across the street from Mrs. Irvin in College Park at the time. “I know I didn’t. It was a wonderful thing that she did.”
Mrs. Irvin’s cousin was the late Noah Langdale Jr., Georgia State’s president from 1957 to 1988. He made the graduation ceremony special, said her daughter, Jennifer Powell of Charlotte, N.C., because he presented Mrs. Irvin with her degree.
“I was proud of her,” Mrs. Powell said. “Growing up, we ate a bunch of Pop Tarts because she was always studying. She made the dean’s list.”
Mrs. Irvin was a petite woman who embraced fashion. Every little ribbon, every little bow matched perfectly, said her cousin, Mrs. Hopkins.
“She was very neat,” she said, and just liked things to match so, consequently, when she selected things they were ideal.”
“She always looked like something from a magazine,” her son said. “I’d always tell her she got way more than her share of talent. She was a good cook, a good decorator and an excellent dresser.”
Mrs. Irvin and her husband, Robert, were married in 1976. In recent years, they enjoyed their summer getaway on Lake Allatoona and also traveled extensively — Hawaii, California, Europe and elsewhere.
In addition to her husband and daughter, survivors include two sons, Bill Davis of Martinez and Rob Irvin of New York City; and two grandchildren.
Sara Lacy Irvin (Sally) died July 31, 2009, from non-smokers lung cancer. She was born in Dothan, Al, graduated from Albany High School, and earned a degree in Interior Design from GA State University. In 1976, she married Robert Irvin, a Delta pilot. They enjoyed their summer retreat on Lake Allatoona, where Mrs. Irvin waterskied into her early 80's. She and husband, Bob, traveled often thoughout the U.S., Europe, and the Hawaiian Islands. Mrs. Irvin had three children from a previous marriage; Bill Davis and wife, Bonnie, of Martinez, GA, Michael Davis of Atlanta, and Jennifer Powell and husband, Brian, of Charlotte, NC. Mrs. Irvin was preceded in death by her parents, George Clarence Lacy and Alice Harris Lacy, and her brother, George Lacy, Jr. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Irvin is survived by his son, Rob, and two grandchildren, William Davis of Marietta, and Lacy Powell of Charlotte, NC. Mr. and Mrs. Irvin were members of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta for many years. In addition to living in Marietta, Mrs. Irvin lived in Albany and College Park. 

From: Jim Sibley   Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:38 AM   Subject: Capt. Bob Irvin
Capt Bob Irvin passed away 16 June.  Will send final plans when I receive them.  Bob was 94 years old,  one of our oldest and had been living with a severe disability for years. 
Jim Sibley

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Virginia Hodge, wife of DL Capt. Fred P. Hodge

Virginia Shelia Hodge, wife of DL Capt. Fred Hodge
September 15, 1935 ~  June 15, 2014

Notification with the passing of Virginia ‘Ginny’ Shelia neé Brainerd Hodge, wife of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Fred P. Hodge.  Ginny was 78 years of age at the time of her passing last Sunday.  DeBerry Funeral Directors of Denton  TX has been entrusted with arrangements.  Visitation was held the evening of June 17th. There will be a graveside service at Roselawn Memorial Park, 3801 Roselawn Dr., Denton  TX on Wednesday, June 18th at 1:00 pm.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/home/index.cfm?action=public:obituaries.view&o_id=2571120&fh_id=13043 
Survived by Captain Hodge personal condolences may be sent to 
1445 Nicholson Road, Sanger  TX 76266-6812  ...  (940) 458-3897
I believe that Captain Hodge may also be reached via email at fredgin@earthlink.net
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN / blogspot  

Virginia Shelia Brainerd Hodge, Sanger, Texas, age 78, loving wife, mother and “Grammie” passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family on June 15, 2014.
Virginia was born on September 15, 1935, in Camden, New Jersey, to Dr. Warren W. and Sara L. Brainerd. She attended St. Petersburg High School in St. Petersburg, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida where she played the clarinet in the marching band and earned her degree in Education. She met the love of her life and future husband of 55 years, then Lt. Fred P. Hodge, at a 5 year class reunion. They were married on June 27, 1957 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Early in her career Virginia had been a grade school teacher in Florida and Louisiana. They moved to Denton, Texas in 1967 when Fred was beginning his 31 year career as a Captain for Delta Airlines. She taught business machines at TWU and worked at the Denton Arts Council. Her proudest accomplishments was being the greatest mother to daughters Gabrielle Yvette and Liselle Denise who will cherish her goodness and love forever.
Even though she enjoyed traveling around the world, visiting historic landmarks and cross country road trips; her countless joys were closer to home. “Ginny” was a perfect hostess and a wonderful cook who enjoyed entertaining friends and family in her beautiful house that Fred had built for them 20 years ago in Sanger, Texas. She enjoyed country living on their farm, helping out with livestock, mowing on the tractor, picking up pecans in the back pasture, having the church 4th of July picnic under the shade trees and relaxing while watching her hummingbirds.
Virginia was an active member of Blue Mound Methodist Church, Sanger, Texas and was always willing to help others and volunteer her time to many local community projects. She was very proud of being a former Director of the Denton Community Food Center.
Virginia loved being a part of her woman's groups and cherish the friends she made through them. She has been a long time member of TFWC Sanger's Wednesday Study Club, Denton's Ariel Club, and Shakespeare Club. A past Regent to the John B. Denton Chapter DAR and member of Benjamin Lyon DAR. She was Past District Worthy Grand Matron Order of the Eastern Star and Past Worthy Matron Order of Eastern Star for Denton Chapter 259 and Decatur Chapter 543.
Virginia was a patriotic person too and sincerely appreciated the men and women who served this country. She always made an effort to be present along I-35 and be one of the many waving her U.S. Flag proudly for the Medal of Honor recipients on their way to Gainesville.
Virginia is preceded in death by her father, Dr. Warren W. Brainerd, her mother, Sara L. Brainerd, and one brother, Warren Brainerd Jr and her best friend Brenda Price. She is survived by husband, Fred P. Hodge, Sanger, TX and daughters Gabrielle Hodge Boyd (Jack C. Boyd), Sanger, TX and Liselle Hodge Trevino (Rey Trevino), Denton, TX. Two very loved grandchildren, Emily T. Boyd and Ryan M. Trevino, and her special niece Thalia Waters, Clearwater, FL.
Friends are cordially invited to visit with the family at DeBerry Funeral Directors, 2025 W. University Drive, Denton, TX, Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be a graveside service at Roselawn Memorial Park, 3801 Roselawn Drive, Denton, TX, Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions can be made to the Denton Community Food Center, 109 W. Sycamore St., Denton, Texas 76201.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

NWA Capt. Charles Ronald Mangino

RW/RC/NWA Capt. Charles ‘Ron’ Mangino
January 12, 1936 ~ May 28, 2014
Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired BO/RW/RC/NWA pilot Captain Charles Ronald Mangino, age 78.  I believe Captain Mangino began his commercial aviation career 11-23-1964 with Bonanza and retired with Northwest at the mandatory age 60 in 1996.  Captain Mangino is survived by his wife Nancy.  Whitepages lists their address/phone as:    
501 W Belmont Ave.,  Phoenix, AZ 85021-7290  or  2714 Ponderosa Cir.,  Pinetop  AZ 85935-8266
(602) 997-1798  or  (928) 369-4252
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://www.advantagefunerals.com/ 
Captain Mangino’s obituary notes that a Celebration of Life will be held at Jordan's Restaurant on June 21st, 6247 North 7th Street, Phoenix AZ from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  The website for the restaurant is http://jordansmexicanfood.com/  and their phone number is (602) 274-6836.
Should we receive more information we will be sure to update our blogspot at   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN death@pilotcommunication.net
Mangino, Charles Ron
Charles "Ron" Mangino age 78 passed away on Wednesday May 28, 2014 with his family by his side. Ron was born in Phoenix, Arizona on January 12, 1936. He graduated from North High School in 1955 and graduated from ASU in 1959 with a B.S.C. in aeronautics. Ron enjoyed a long career in aviation. He began a 33 year career as a pilot flying for Bonanza Airline, Airwest, Hughes Airwest, Republic airlines. He then retired from Northwest Airlines in 1996. Ron was an avid fisherman, skier and golfer. He spent time fishing with friends in Alaska. Ron loved his family, friends and spending time in the White Mountains. Ron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy: his daughters: Rhonda Luobikis, (Scott) Diane Andrews (Mike) and three grand children Katie Andrews, Evan Andrews, and Ethan Luobikis, brother John (Jack) Mangino sister in law Joyce and niece Angela Sierpina, nephews Rob, Chris, and Tim. A Celebration of Life will be held at Jordan's Restaurant, 6247 North 7th Street on June 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley in Ron's Memory.
Arrangements are entrusted to Advantage Colonial Chapel 4141 N. 19th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85015 www.advantagefunerals.com 
  .Published in The Arizona Republic on June 15, 2014

Yvonne Plewes, mother of DL Capt. David Plewes

An update with notice of arrangements for        
        ~ Yvonne S. Plewes, mother of DL Capt. David Plewes
Dear friends of the Plewes family .... a memorial service will be held this Wednesday .... it will be special time set aside to honor and celebrate the life of Yvonne Plewes.  The service will be held June 18th at 3:00 PM at Saint Gregory's Episcopal Church located at  100 NE Mizner Boulevard, Boca Raton FL  33429  ...  (561) 395-8285. 
The family invites you to share in the celebration of her life ... and they thank you all for your kind thoughts and concern. 
~ Carol 
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Yvonne S. Plewes, mother of DL Capt. David Plewes
July 17, 1917 ~ June 12, 2014
Word has been received with the passing of Yvonne neé Stephens Plewes, mother of retired Delta Captain David S. Plewes.  Yvonne was nearing her 97th birthday and had seen many things in her long lifetime.  Her obituary reads:  “Yvonne was born July 17th 1917 in New Zealand.  Yvonne had two Brothers and a large extended Family.   What a life Yvonne had!  She literally went from the horse and buggy stage to her own personal computer with TV, WWII, the atomic and spaces ages experienced in between....................Survived by her son Capt. David (Vicki) Plewes personal condolences may be sent to the family at   
2750 NE 29TH ST.,  LIGHTHOUSE POINT  FL 33064-8515.  Captain Plewes may also be reached via email at davidplewes@att.net ..............................
Thank you,
~ Carol

Yvonne S. Plewes, mother of DL Capt. David Plewes
July 17, 1917 ~ June 12, 2014

Word has been received with the passing of Yvonne neé Stephens Plewes, mother of retired Delta Captain David S. Plewes.  Yvonne was nearing her 97th birthday and had seen many things in her long lifetime.  Her obituary reads:  “Yvonne was born July 17th 1917 in New Zealand.  Yvonne had two Brothers and a large extended Family.   What a life Yvonne had!  She literally went from the horse and buggy stage to her own personal computer with TV, WWII, the atomic and spaces ages experienced in between.  Yvonne first met Stanley Plewes in the late 1930s.  Stanley was wounded in the Pacific theater during WWII. While Stanley was hospitalized in New Zealand Yvonne was reunited with Stanley and their eternal love matured.  They married in New Plymouth NZ after VE day and before the end of WWII when Stanley was relieved after 4 years of brutal duty.  Yvonne came to America after VJ day and began a rich new part of her life.”
Yvonne was widowed June 11, 1986 with the passing of her husband WWII veteran US Army 1Lt. David Stanley Plewes Sr.,  almost 28 years to the day of her own passing.  Survived by her son Capt. David (Vicki) Plewes personal condolences may be sent to the family at   
2750 NE 29TH ST.,  LIGHTHOUSE POINT  FL 33064-8515.  Captain Plewes may also be reached via email at davidplewes@att.net
As noted in Yvonne’s obituary:  “Yvonne wished no viewing but there will be a celebration of her wonderful life some time in the future at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. with full military honors. Stanley has been at Arlington for many years.”  Celebration of Yvonne’s life will perhaps be held next spring during cherry blossom time...time and date to be advised.
Thank you,
~ Carol
From: Homestead Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2014 7:44 PM
To: death@pilotcommunication.net Subject: Your Web Site Received a Form Submission
Deceased full name    1 Yvonne S. Plewes
 Date of Birth     07/17/1917
 Date of Death    06/12/2014
 Relationship     Pilot family member
 Age at death     96
 Cause of death     Natural
 Living Spouse     David Plewes
 Address     2750 NE 29th Street
 City     Lighthouse point
 State     FL
 Zip     33064
Contact Name     David S. Plewes
 Contact Email     davidplewes@att.net
 Contact Phone     954-786-8063

Obituary of Yvonne Plewes, Mother of retired pilot Dave Plewes
Yvonne was born July 17th 1917 in New Zealand.  Yvonne had two Brothers and a large extended Family.   What a life Yvonne had!  She literally went from the horse and buggy stage to her own personal computer with TV, WWII, the atomic and spaces ages experienced in between.  Yvonne first met Stanley Plewes in the late 1930s.  Stanley was wounded in the Pacific theater during WWII. While Stanley was hospitalized in New Zealand Yvonne was reunited with Stanley and their eternal love matured.  They married in New Plymouth NZ after VE day and before the end of WWII when Stanley was relieved after 4 years of brutal duty.  Yvonne came to America after VJ day and began a rich new part of her life.

Yvonne had three children, three Granddaughters one Great-granddaughter, all alive today.  Yvonne's life was rich with friends, Family, the DBE (Daughters of the British Empire)  Saint Gregory's Episcopal Church (a member of the altar guild for several years) and travel.  Yvonne went with her children and friends to Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and places too many to mention.  Yvonne died a painless death surrounded by loved ones this June 12th at 5:50 PM.

Yvonne was a caring person, a great soul who had an abiding faith in God.  In lieu of Flowers please send a donation to Saint Gregory's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1503, Boca Raton, FL 33429.  A service will be held this Wednesday the 18th of June 3 PM at Saint Gregory's 100 NE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33429 (561) 395-8285.  Yvonne wished no viewing but there will be a celebration of her wonderful life some time in the future at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. with full military honors. Stanley has been at Arlington for many years. If the schedule permits the honor of her service will occur about the end of March or the beginning of April 2015 when the cherry trees are in bloom.  Yvonne would have liked that.  Exact details will be provided in the future. Events will include a dinner after the service (hopefully at the Old Ebbit Grill) and rooms at the Washington Hotel for those that want to stay the night.

A picture below was recently taken during an early 97th Birthday celebration as some members of her Family would be out of town on the July 17th date.  Yvonne was 96 years young at her passing.  Shown are only a small part of the Family who loved her so much.   God Bless Yvonne Plewes

Saturday, June 14, 2014

NWA/DL Capt. Lawrence A. Mullaly

Navy veteran, NWA/DL Capt. Lawrence ‘Larry’ A. Mullaly
October 15, 1947 ~ June 12, 2014
Born October 15, 1947 Lawrence Archer Mullaly was 66 years of age at the time of his passing having struggled many years with ALS.  Captain Mullaly joined Northwest Airlines 10-26-1984 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  Article excerpt:  “Mullaly flew 135 planes in his aviation career, clocking 25,000 air miles. He served as a top Navy pilot assigned to the RA-5C Vigilante supersonic reconnaissance aircraft. He flew for Northwest Airlines, was a captain for Delta Airlines, part of the Navy reserves, and took a volunteer mission in the Commemorative Air Force flying military aircraft, specifically the B-25 World War Two plane.” 

To watch a video of Captain Mullaly’s final wish be granted, please visit http://www.kare11.com/news/article/991438/391/Dying-veteran-pilot-granted-final-wish-   
Article excerpt:  “Mullaly proposed to his wife in the B-25. They met aboard a plane when she was a Northwest flight attendant. “
Captain Mullaly is survived by his wife Carol.  The only mailing information that I could locate was a mail forwarding address: 
214 RAINBOW DR # 11474 , LIVINGSTON  TX 77399-2014
Should we hear more as to arrangements we will be sure to pass that information along. 
Additional information and/or corrections are always appreciated.
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicatordeath@pilotcommunication.net

From: RNPA News Sent: Friday, June 13, 2014 6:37 AM  Subject: RNPA News: Larry Mulally Has Flown West.
Please pass on the info that Larry Mulally, US Navy, Air Florida, and NWA has Flown West after a 6 year struggle with ALS.
Celebration of life planned for August.  More later. 
Larry Daudt

Posted Sept. 2012
I’ve known Larry Mullaly for over 20 years. He flew the Stearman, B-25, PBY and the Schlep at Planes of Fame East. He was also heavily involved with the restoration of the MN Wing’s Miss Mitchell as well as conducting B-25 Ground School for many years. Larry was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) several years ago and has been fighting the good fight since then. Larry is now at the VA in hospice care, but yesterday he returned to his home town to share memories with many of the people he touched over the years. Here is a story one of the local news stations did on the event. I thought I would share it here so the people that knew him here could see the story. A big Thank You to the MN Wing for bringing Miss Mitchell down to say good bye to Larry...................................

Dying veteran pilot granted final wish
The St. Cloud VA Hospital helped grant a final wish for a former Navy pilot dying of ALS.
Larry Mullaly, 64, made it home, to Pepin, Wisconsin Sunday afternoon alongside his wife, Carol, and a care team from the VA. Six years ago, the disease took his ability to fly, but in Pepin, he came home to a skyward salute from a warplane he once flew.
"At the VA, if you are terminally ill, which I am, they give you one day to go wherever you want to. I asked for Paris and they said no," Mullaly laughed. "I said okay, how about Pepin?"
Mullaly flew 135 planes in his aviation career, clocking 25,000 air miles. He served as a top Navy pilot assigned to the RA-5C Vigilante supersonic reconnaissance aircraft. He flew for Northwest Airlines, was a captain for Delta Airlines, part of the Navy reserves, and took a volunteer mission in the Commemorative Air Force flying military aircraft, specifically the B-25 World War Two plane.
"Flying was my heart and soul. I gave it everything I could while I was able to. Now I can't do much of anything. My hands are curling up," Mullaly said.
Mullaly was welcomed home with an emotional reception at the Pepin Sportsman Club, tearfully saying goodbye to family and friends. But he smiles as the B-25 plane Mullaly flew roared over the building, tipping its wings in tribute.
"Memories," he said. "That used to be me."
Mullaly proposed to his wife in the B-25. They met aboard a plane when she was a Northwest flight attendant.
"I told her if she could keep the wings level, I had a present for her, well the present was an engagement ring," he remembered.
The two married on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and next week will renew their wedding vows.
"Larry has faced this disease head on. He knew he only had a certain amount of time. But in life, Larry said many times we had choices, even when he proposed to me we said, we choose each other," she said.
His time in the air inspired his son to become a pilot too.
"We would go to air shows all the time and it was always him he could be doing fly bys and stuff, so it was hard knowing it was the last time he would see it fly," said Sean Mullaly, who works for a cargo airline in Michigan. "His mind is 100 percent, if his body was able, he could jump in that plane and fly as good as these guys were doing today."
The B-25 made one final pass, tipping its wings back and forth as it flew into the horizon.
"There is the goodbye," said Mullaly, with a wave of his weak hand.
It was a final goodbye for the gentleman on the ground, who long ago earned his wings.
Larry Mullaly personifies the Minnesota Commemorative Air Force's gratitude to those who maintained and flew combat aircraft in WWII.
Led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, 16 B-25s flew into the annals of history on April 18, 1942, becoming the first allied force to strike Japan in World War II. The B-25 immediately became a symbol of hope and victory for the United States.
Seventy years later, I was "the bombardier-navigator" in the nose of another B-25: "Miss Mitchell," the iconic aircraft belonging to the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAFMN) located at Fleming Field in South St. Paul.
It was a bright Sunday morning two months ago, and we were flying from Fleming to Red Wing Airport to honor Larry Mullaly. Larry is a longtime CAFMN member and, but for him, Miss Mitchell would never have left the ground after many years of meticulous restoration.
We landed and taxied up to the small terminal where Larry and many others were gathered. A former Burnsville resident, Larry has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and had to be wheeled up to his beloved aircraft for a closer view and some photos..................................
Bill Emmer writes.

Larry Mullaly was a dear friend, and we spent quite a bit of time together early in our airline careers, beginning at Air Florida.  In fact he always claimed an un-official Guinness World Record: Most hours flown in an aircraft with Bill Emmer. We had great layovers together, often as long as 6 days, because we flew with the most senior DC-10 Captain at Air Florida when others would bid away from him.  London and Paris were like home away from home, and often we'd catch a train and go to another city such as Salsbury to see Stonehenge, or to Dover and ride the ferry across the channel to spend the day in Calais.  For a Squid, he was a stand up guy...actually, he had many traps on carriers in the A-5, and I guess it was quite a piece of iron to wrestle aboard and then get stopped.  I'm sure he loved every trap, of course AFTER he got stopped, and occasionally after he changed flight suits...

Larry was an excellent and very technical pilot.  Right after we got hired by NWA he noticed a DC-10 being fueled at the gate, and could tell by the angle of the center gear that the parking brakes were set.  This was a big NO-NO for that "walking" gear design, and true to form, he discovered that there was no limitation in the flight manual restricting this operation, nor was flight ops or maintenance even aware of it.  At the time he had never been qualified in the DC-10 for NWA. Most ironic was the fact that NWA developed and OWNED the STC (supplemental  typed certificate) for that center gear modification on the DC-10.

I did his OE when he checked out as a Captain on the A-320.  It was like stealing from the company for me because he was so knowledgeable and proficient, and we had a great time while he accrued 25 hours.  He aced the line check.  We had a long SFO layover, and had quite a day on the town, dining that evening at the Tadich Grill.  The next day we flew Flight 28 SFO-MEM (recall that the flight originated as a Whale in BKK, I think, flew to NRT and then to SFO where it became an A-320).  We held for severe weather East of MEM, and eventually were able to work around the convective cumulo-bumpus and make our way to the gate.  We both were dis-satisfied with the performance of the Bendix radar--delivered on the first 30 or more aircraft--and because of his perseverance we wrote a fairly detailed critique of that equipment several weeks before our 747-400 ran into a severe band of weather West of DTW, causing major damage.  We discovered that NWA had never accomplished any of the Bendix service bulletins on any of the RDR-4A radars in the 320s, 57s and 400s. The money they spent repairing that aircraft and the revenue they lost while it was out of service would have paid to accomplish those bulletins on every aircraft equipped with that radar.

When Larry proposed to Carol, at the time an NWA Flight Attendant, they decided to get married atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris, a city we both loved very much (and shared some great memories there as well--we both flew there often as Captains on the A-330, and of course years earlier on the DC-10 with Air Florida). He had a cousin, I think, who was a Magistrate in Texas, who agreed to marry them over the phone.  On the day of the wedding they went up the tower at the pre-determined hour and he whipped out the cell phone that had worked all over the city only to find out that the Eiffel Tower was the antenna for that part of Paris, and they were on the INSIDE of said antenna with no signal whatever!!!  Not to worry, our boy wonder (we were both Air Florida Flight Engineers at heart, and often our systems knowledge saved the day) located a pay phone, changed Euro bills into a boat load of coins and managed to pull it off, creating a great war story along the way.

If you're interested, there's a pretty moving video about him that aired on KARE 11 news a few years ago that is quite moving and still available on line at 
We lost Larry way too early.  He had a heart of gold, and was as true a friend as I've ever had.  Toward the end of his life he lived in a VA medical center hooked up to a ventilator, and he had great difficulty communicating.  Each day was a struggle. While I'm happy to say he's finished that ordeal, I will miss him very much.  I'd appreciate it if everyone who knew him would raise a glass and toast his final departure. God Speed, my friend.  Blue Skies and tail winds where ever you are...

bill emmer