~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Tom Godber
February 19, 1937 ~ March 30, 2018
As noted in the April 2019 issue of the Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Captain Thomas Henry Godber, age 81. Captain Godber joined Pan American 06-01-1964 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1997, based 031/JFK. He is survived by his wife Ellen, along with his children and grandchildren.
Captain Godber’s obituary may still be viewed online at
Please see available obituary information below.
~ Carol for the PCN
Thomas H. “Tom” Godber
BIRTH : 19 Feb 1937
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
DEATH : 30 Mar 2018 (aged 81)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Obituary.................Thomas Godber (1937-2018)
Our dear husband, father, and grandfather, Tom Godber, passed away on March 30th, 2018. He suffered a head injury when he slipped on the ice during one of his daily walks along the Mississippi, and never recuperated. He died at home in hospice, surrounded by people who love and adore him. We will forever miss his generous heart, smiling eyes, and never-ending optimism. He was 81 years old.
Tom was born in Philadelphia on February 19th, 1937. Wherever he traveled in life, he collected dear friends who were drawn to his kindness and contagious joy of life. He graduated as Class President from Lower Merion High School before becoming a Navy Jet Pilot. For the majority of his career he worked as an Airline Captain for Pan Am, based primarily in Berlin, Germany, and later for Delta Airlines, based in NYC. He retired in Minnesota where he lavished attention on his grandchildren on a daily basis.
He is survived by wife Ellen, children Erik (Kim) and Yvonne (Derk), grandchildren (Niko and Kaia), sister Bobbie, and close friends and family members.
Fly west, sweet G-Pa. You mean the world to us.