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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

NEA/DL Capt. John Gillespie Caldwell

Delta Golden Wings member retired NEA/DL Capt. John Gillespie Caldwell
February 15, 1936 - August 12, 2019
         ~ Carol for the PCN 

News received from…………………
   From: JON J MAYNARD <jjmaynard@usa.net>   Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:44 PM
   Subject: Passing of Retired Captain John G Caldwell NEA/DL Yellowbird

John G. Caldwell
( February 15, 1936 - August 12, 2019 )
John Gillespie Caldwell, 83, of Windham, New Hampshire, passed away suddenly of heart disease on August 11th aboard his boat, Nine Knots, at New Castle, New Hampshire.
Born in Patterson Creek, West Virginia, on February 15, 1936, he was the son of George Gillespie Caldwell and Helen Kesecker Caldwell. His brother George Matthew Caldwell predeceased him in 2000.
John was a pilot with Delta Airlines for 38 years, retiring in 1996 as Delta's Number 4 International Pilot flying the Boeing 777. He had flown all over the world for many years during his time with Delta and had previously worked for Allegheny and Northeast Airlines. He began his commercial flying career at age 19, at the time one of the youngest co-pilots to fly commercial airplanes.
John leaves his loving wife, Betty Wong Caldwell; her daughters Lily Hamel and husband Erik of Danvers, MA, Laurie LaChapelle and husband Matthew of Andover, MA, and Leslie Ross of North Berwick, ME; and her son Nathan Leung and wife Michelle of North Reading, MA as well as 3 granddaughters and 6 grandsons.
Also surviving him is his first wife, Janet Marshall of Peabody, MA; his daughters Bonnie Caldwell and wife Nancy Natale of Easthampton, MA, and Judy Caldwell of Peabody, MA; and his son David Caldwell and wife Heather Knowles of Salem, MA. 

A private ceremony to celebrate John’s life will be held with family and friends at a future date. It was his wish that his remains would be spread near the Isles of Shoals – one of his favorite places on earth.
Captain Caldwell joined Northeast on June 9, 1958 and retired from Delta on March 01, 1996

His wife Betty's address for condolences is:
Betty Caldwell 
145 Castle
 Hill Road 
 03087 -1762
Jon J Maynard  , President Yellowbird Chapter of Delta Pioneers 
First Vice President of Delta National Pioneers 
(H) 121 Tremont St # 212, Brighton, MA 02135      
(H) 617.787.2620 
(E) jjmaynard@usa.net


  1. John was agreat pilot and friend . Barry Watkins

  2. I am leaving this comment a little late as I didn't see John's passing until now. I flew with him many times as F/O and knew him as resident of my town, Windham NH. I really enjoyed flying with John and know him locally later after he retired. Sorry to see him go. One of the Good Guys.
    Wayne Merrill, Retired 2004 JFK.