We are sad to announce that long-time club member Ron Dobrzelecki passed away this morning. Our deepest sympathies are with Ron’s brother Mike, and the rest of the Dobrzelecki family. As funeral and memorial arrangements are made known to the club, we will post them here.
NJIPMS lost a great man when Jim Merrigan passed away this past Monday, June 6th. A fixture at club meetings for decades, Jim rarely missed a meeting and always had an interesting build to share and humor to spare.
Informatin on Jim’s visitation and service are this Saturday the 11th. All details are posted on the Fiore Funeral Home’s website.
As many of you have heard, NJIPMS member Martin Quinn’s daughter Keira lost her battle with cancer earlier today. The viewing for Keira will be on Tuesday, March 15th at Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, Hawthorne NJ. The viewing times will be from 2pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 9pm. The service will be held Wednesday March 16th at 11am at Cornerstone Christian Church in Wyckoff, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Shelter in Keira’s name.
The NJIPMS eBoard, and the rest of the club, give our sincerest condolences to Martin and his family in this unbelievably tough time.
As part of remembering Wally Velechko’s life, there is a guestbook online where friends and family can sign in and say a few words for the family. Please click the below link if you’d like to pay your respects:
One of my friends, Fred Grill, who was a flight mechanic on Sikorsky HH-53’s during the Vietnam war sent me these pictures. Due to the historic markings on this aircraft I though the club would be interested in these pictures.
This aircraft is one of four operational CH-46’s remaining in USMC service and was involved in the American evacuation of Vietnam in 1975. Active duty Marines have restored the aircraft to almost pristine condition. In July the aircraft will be retired and displayed at the Marine museum in Quantico Virginia with final disposition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
These pictures were taken in May at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey while the aircraft was supporting Fleet Week operations.
The June 2015 MosquitoGram newsletter has been uploaded to the Newsletter page.
Tom Reavely passed away suddenly this past weekend. New Jersey IPMS wishes his family the best in this difficult time. For those wishing to attend the visitation this evening, details are at the following link to Tom’s obituary: