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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: In Memory of John Becker


Thread: In Memory of John Becker

Message: In Memory of John Becker

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From: dalelama at (Dale Evans)

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 01:03:38 UTC


  This is a copy of an article by Susan Darling....guest editor of IAC # 23


It is with great sorrow in my heart, that I must report to you, the death of
John Becker, on friday, Jan.5th, at the age of 67. As many of you know, 
John had bypass heart surgery in early December. Sadly, there were
numerous post-surgery complications, against which he fought a valiant
battle, but on friday, he left us for a better world.

John was an aviation enthusiast and pioneer since he was a teenager, 
revolutionizing parachuting techniques, crashing through burning buildings
 on the airshow circut, flying as an airline Captain for Northwest Orient, and
 as an aircraft Commander during the war, and later working hard as the
owner of Modern Air Transport, in New Jersey. But to most of us who had
 the great pleasure of knowing him, the name of John Becker was synonymous
with Pompano Air Center. No matter whwt day of the week you flew or drove
 into the airport to visit, John would be there to greet you and swap flying
a few
great flying stories with you. He was always happy to give you advice on how
to handle some particulary tricky airplane, or how to figure out what the
was going to do, or even how to build your confidence to tackle a new challange.
As an employeeat PAC, I was lucky enough to have had thousands of little chats
with "Mr. B", and I personally feel a huge loss, that I will no longer have
the chance
 to sit with him and laughat the tales of his exploits. It will be a long
time before I will
be able tostop sitting at my desk, hearing footsteps coming down the hall,
and look
 up ready to say," Good morning Mr. Becker!" Instead I say farewell, knowing
that he
is at peace. I know that all of IAC joins me in extending our most sincere
to John's wife Lorraine, son Brian and to his whole family.

There will be a memorial service at 2 pm, next saturday, Jan 13th, at the
1st Presbyterian
Church, 2331 NE 26 Av, Pompano Bch, Fl, 33062. Following the service, there
will be a
gathering of friends and family at PAC, to celebrate John's life and to
watch as a missing
man formation escorts him to the great beyond. Flowers may be sent directly
to the church
at the address above. Donations may be made to the US Aerobatic
Foundation...In memory
of John P. Becker.

Susan Darling
IAC # 23 Pompano Bch, Fl.

Dale Evans     

Contest Director-33rd Sebring Aerobatic Chmps. / April 11-12-13, 1996

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