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Poignent Moment: CO 480 LAS-CLE 5-23-06  
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

It was a sad day for the CO team here in CLE today. One of our own came home for the last time.

It wasn't a soldier, but, literally, one of our own. She was a fomer CLE CO Supervisor, who transferred to LAS in the late 90's. Her name was Beth Finch, and she passed away late last week of lung cancer. I believe she was only 44. She was a great lady. Very sweet, loved a good joke, and always with a smile on her face. 44 is just too young for a friend to leave.

She came in on the 753, flight 480, right on schedule. The Hopkins Airport Fire Department gave her a watergun salute as the aircraft rolled up to gate C-5, as between 100 and 150 of her former CLE colleagues awaited her rampside, many of those in attendance in tears.

I felt honored enough that I volunteered, and was accepted to help carry her cakset off the belt loader, and onto the herse. I haven't seen her since she left CLE, and it's the least I could do for an old friend and colleague.

It was so good to see so many employees out there-even coming in on their day off, to say goodbye to our friend and colleague. A former CO employee even cut short a trip with her family to say goodbye to her friend.

It's a tribute, once again, to the spirit and the goodness of the CO team in CLE that we were able to welcome home our dear friend for the last time.

May she rest in peace.

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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

My sympathies to you and her family at CO . . . . and to her family at home . . .  tombstone 

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
he Hopkins Airport Fire Department gave her a watergun salute

Very cool . . . .


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
44 is just too young for a friend to leave.

How true!

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
e Hopkins Airport Fire Department gave her a watergun salute as the aircraft rolled up to gate C-5, as between 100 and 150 of her former CLE colleagues awaited her rampside, many of those in attendance in tears.

Must have been someone really special, sorry for your lost.

Family and Friends are so important to each of us as we travel thru this life.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13039 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

It says a lot about CO and their people for this salute to a late employee. And yes, 44 is about 30-40 years too short for a life. She must have been a good manager and a good person, something rare anyplace.

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2053 times:

Its good to hear that CO takes care of its own, even in terrible circumstances such as these.

User currently offlineCLE757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

This is the second time in two years we've had to do this in CLE, I hope its the last time.


Cleveland the best location in the Nation
User currently offlineFrequentflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 736 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

Hang in there Folks in CLE:

It was very graceful from you all to be there at that moment, and also very nice and respectful for the firefighters to provide the salute.

God bless, may your colleague rest in peace

Pat



Take off and live
User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Great post, thanks for the information and prayers to all the family, both hers and CO....a great group of folks that I've been fortunate enough to get familiar with here in Houston, great friends. No wonder I love flying on the PROUD BIRD!


Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

CO always a class act. It just goes to show you just how far this airline has come and will continue to go.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineAogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Very nice show of respect by all. We're fortunate to have such people in our lives and in this industry.
Slightly unrelated but similar in nature; My office is located next to the facility that receives our young soldiers as they come home for the last time. Usually, it's the first time their families and friends see them, and its truly heartbreaking to see their anguish.
I'm glad to say that each and every one of them receives the respect they deserve from airline and airport employees along the way.

Godspeed to all those people that touch our lives so much.


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