Falcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2840 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.
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.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13510 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2550 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.
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2286 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.
Aogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2263 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.