Good Bye, Erold!

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Posted by Lewis Osborn on June 09, 1998 at 16:44:30:

I have been absorbing this fact as the day wore on. How can I miss someone
so much that I never met? As vibrant as his personality came accross in
written messages, I can only image - and get some idea from the descriptions of
those who watched his wit and charm in action - of how vibrant his personality
must have been in the flesh. The openness in expressing his thoughts and
feelings through the written word are matched by few.

If being larger than life wasn't enough, he was living the dream for most
of us. What could be more exciting than Winging the World? And, what could
be as scary? I've thought every once in a while how hard it would be for me to
drive in a country where the opposing traffic was to the right; how hard it would
be to fight the urge to swing to the right when meeting another vehicle. We
all thought about that, didn't we, when we had our silly discussions on
converting a Wing to right-hand drive? We can all comletely empathize with Erold's
momentary lapse of location.

I am sure of one additional thing. The last thing that Erold would want to
do was ruin some one else's day. Our thoughts should also be with the truck
driver - Erold's would have been. He's got an awful memory - although reports
suggest that his only fault was being there - to replay every time he closes his
eyes for a very long time.

Erold, thanks for sharing your life with the WOTI folk for an all too brief
of time. My life is poorer because I never had the chance to know you personally.

To Di, his relatives, and his employees, may God give you comfort as
only He can in your time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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