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ChapterGram: October 2013

Open Mic

Tributes Pour in for Paul

We were extremely touched by the hundreds of heartfelt messages received following the passing of Paul H. Poberezny on August 22. We've included just a sample of them here, and we sincerely thank all of you who took the time to write.

Talked to Paul briefly at AirVenture this year. Paul was the kind of guy that remembered everyone, especially the volunteers. To him, aviation was a passion, not just a job or a hobby. I'm proud to say I'm one of Paul's million friends. We will miss you.

- Submitted by: Dan Vanevenhoven, EAA 503226

Paul was a true gentleman and visionary. Both times flying Air Force planes to Oshkosh, Paul would show up in his VW, not with an entourage, but by himself just to welcome us and to say thanks for coming. But the one thing I'll remember most about Paul was the grace and class that he showed us when I introduced my young son to him years later at AirVenture. He was never too busy for us ordinary people. What a life and legacy...he'll be missed so much.

- Submitted by: Brad Knapp, EAA 391427

I met Paul and Audrey when I bought N5AC from Paul in April of 2004, and what a pleasure it was. It was very evident to me then how the EAA grew to be what it is under Paul's leadership. He was so very special and is my hero.

- Submitted by: David Dean, EAA 152502

Paul was a leader's leader. I also consider Paul an [adoptive] second father. I had the chance to meet Paul and Audrey a few times and was thrilled when they came to Ultralight Chapter 30's 20th anniversary. The one thing I remember was his comment when I demonstrated zero ground speed with my Quicksilver ultralight. Paul was heard to say that it was "the darndest thing he ever saw" which I took to be a high compliment. We all miss you Paul, and I for one look forward to seeing you again in heaven. Enter into His rest.

- Submitted by: Mike Ostrander, EAA 265473

Thank you, Paul, for all you have done to bring us together as a family celebrating flight. I cannot imagine where private aviation would be today without your years of dedicated efforts. We miss you, my friend.

- Submitted by: Ron Finet, EAA 195151

If it weren't for Paul and the EAA, my father (who was a pilot) would have never become a member...my father-in-law (who was a pilot) would have never become a member...my husband (at age 16) never would have ridden his 10-speed bike to Oshkosh in 1972 (with a few other fellow teenagers from the suburbs of Chicago) and is now a pilot...I (at age 12) would never have met him that summer (and seven years later married him)...our son and two daughters would not be here...our son would not be a pilot now (who has never missed a convention in his 31 years on the earth), and our two granddaughters (who at 3 and 6 months old have both attended conventions) would not be here! Our entire family has been blessed because of Paul. He has impacted generations! Praying for the family - be encouraged to know he has made a difference!

- Submitted by: DeAnna Boehm

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