Gone Flyin'

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Posted by BJ ( on December 10, 2000 at 13:05:23:

Tony, we're going to miss you big guy !!
First met you along with Swaggie, HJ, JR, Dane and some others on the way to Wing Ding in Huntsville.I'll never forget how full of fun you were. You came out to the parking lot at the motel to watch and supervise HJ and JR clean the windshield on my Venture. While Jacko stood back in disbelief !! "These Goldwingers are cleaning the windshield on a Venture"? I won't forget our mid-day emails, you from your class room, me from my desk at work.."Howdy, BJ, how ya doing today?"
I always would tell you that I wanted to come out to fly the neat RC model of a P-51 Mustang that hung in your garage.. "Sure, BJ, you're welcome any time". I never got to do it!! Damn !! This past summer I had the opportunity to fly up to Squamish and meet Tom Guy who had located a Venture Royale for my son..Tones would tease me: "Why would your son want to get one of those"? he would ask, kiddingly..Many knew that Tones had been a pilot, and with recognition to John Magee, Jr, this is how I will always remember my friend Tony:

"High Flight"

'Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things
you have not dreamed of--wheeled and soared and
swung high in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my
eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delerious burning blue, I've
topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark or even eagle flew.
And while with silent uplifting mind I've trod
the high, untrepassed sanctity of space, Put out
my hand and touched the face of God'

Tony, I will never forget your infectious
laugh, and your abiding friendship..
We love you... BJ and NB

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