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.