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EAA Mourns Loss of Council Member

John Newman

It was of great sadness to learn of the loss of Chapter Advisory Council member, John Newman, EAA 259157. John died in an airplane accident on July 19 along with his wife, Cyndy, EAA 843985, and their son, JW Newman, EAA 842416. Their daughter, Katie, was not with the family at the time of the accident.

John served on the Chapter Advisory Council since 1992 and was an active member of EAA Chapter 34 in Arlington, Texas, having served such positions in the past as Flying Start Coordinator and Secretary. He was a regular EAA AirVenture participant flying his Piper PA-22 to Oshkosh, camping under the wing with the Metro Warbirds, and hosting a Short Wing Piper forum. JW was a regular attendee at EAA AirVenture with his father. John also recently assisted with a Chapter Leadership Academy conducted at EAA headquarters.

“John was a key member of the Chapter Advisory Council, having been selected for his unbridled enthusiasm and expertise in building a successful chapter,” said Alan Shackleton, chairman of the Chapter Advisory Council and EAA Secretary. “He assisted countless chapters, traveling all over the US on behalf of the EAA. John added an ‘engineer’s touch’ by his attention to detail in everything he did for EAA and its chapters. Even more importantly, he was a terrific friend to all who knew him. The Newmans, John, Cyndy, and JW, will be missed by the entire EAA community.”

Aviation was a shared family passion and they regularly attended chapter fly-ins, Short Winged Piper Club events, and volunteered as a family at a variety of functions. John worked as an aeronautical engineer for Lockheed Martin.

“John , Cyndy, and JW were some of the nicest people you would ever meet,” said Brenda Anderson, Chapter Administrator. “I had the pleasure of working with John on the Chapter Advisory Council for the last nine years and will miss his easy-going personality, quick smile and willingness to help out in any way he could. We will try to focus on all of the fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Katie and their fellow chapter members as they deal with this devastating loss.”

According to reports the Tri-Pacer crashed shortly after departure from a private airstrip in Kemp, Texas. The accident is currently under investigation. A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fort Worth. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be made to the Katie Newman Education Fund, in care of Washington Mutual Bank.

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