Memorials

This page is a dedication to all of our fallen friends and colleagues within the IESALC and Aviation Lighting communities.

Brunner, Curtis J. (1942-2005)

May 5, 2005 Curtis J. Brunner, 63, of Camillus, died suddenly at Community General Hospital. He was born in Schenectady, NY. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School in Syracuse and Fordham University, receiving a BA in economics. Curtis began his career in sales in 1969 for Jaquith Industries, rising to the position of president in 1998 until his retirement in March 2001. He was a member of the Manufacturers Assn. of CNY, the Illuminating Engineers Society, active in the United Way of CNY, the Guardian Angel Society and the Galway Lake Assn., where he had a summer home on Galway Lake. He was predeceased by his brothers, Francis and Ronald. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joanne Badgley Brunner; three daughters: Carolyn Brunner of Rochester, Maureen Reagan of Marcellus and Barbara Brunner of Weedsport; one grandson, Benjamin Curtis Reagan; many nieces and nephews.

Godfrey, George W. (1923-2010)

September 14, 2010 — Fountain Valley, CA — On September 8, 2010, the aerospace lighting community lost a friend, mentor, and pioneer, with the passing of Mr. George W. Godfrey of Clearwater, FL. Godfrey was the visionary, founder and Executive Director of the Aerospace Lighting Institute (ALI) for over 37 years. In 2009, Godfrey and his wife, and business partner, retired and sold the organization to WAMCO, Inc. a supplier of lighting solutions to the aerospace market.

Greg Matthews, ALI Executive Director said of the news, “George was an institution and a wealth of knowledge that the industry may never see again. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jeanette and his son Tim, who we have all come to know and love over the many years George was associated with ALI.”

Godfrey’s background and experience in the aerospace lighting industry was far reaching and well known. He joined North American Rockwell as a designer and served in many managerial positions for 27 years. In 1970, he formed Godfrey Engineering and served as President and CEO of the company, which grew into a multi-million dollar company which he sold 20 years later to Goodrich Corporation. He was associated with SAE for 57 years and served as the Chairman of the A20A Lighting Committee for 40 years.

Godfrey was not only an engineer and businessman but an enduring and dedicated teacher of his trade. During his career, he authored four technical manuals that were distributed nationally and internationally; Night Vision Goggle Compatible Aircraft Lighting, Air Vehicle Exterior Lighting, Principles of Display Illumination Techniques for Aerospace Vehicle Crew Stations and Fundamentals of Light, Color, and Photometry for Aerospace Vehicles. These books on aircraft lighting are still available today through the Aerospace Lighting Institute and have provided guidance and instruction to hundreds of aerospace engineers and other professionals.

Godfrey presented over 40 technical papers dealing with aerospace vehicles and has given speeches before many technical, civic, and business organizations around the world. In addition to his many awards from these organizations, as well as government agencies, his technical paper presented in October 1992, at the Illumination Engineering Society International Conference in London received the Best Technical Paper award.

Godfrey was 87 years young and passed away suddenly on September 8, 2010. He was married to his wife Jeanette of 35 years and had four children: Kathy, Tim, Jeanene, and Ron, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, George’s wishes were to make a donation in his memory to his Masonic Lodge . Reynoldsburg Masonic Lodge, #340 F&AM, Attn: Mr. Buck Boyd, P.O. Box 624, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. For more information, please visit www.sylvanabbey.com.

For more information please contact: Kelley Parlier ALI Business Manager at kelley@aerospacelightinginstitute.com or 972.768.0857.

Hazelton, Martha J. (Quimby) (1956-2016)

Martha J. (Quimby) Hazelton, 60, of Gray, ME died peacefully surrounded by her family on May 5, 2016 at Central Maine Medical Center.

She was born on March 7, 1956 to Arthur Quimby and Mary (Whittemore) Quimby.

Martha was a member of American Legion Axillary, Post 86, Gray, ME

Martha enjoyed playing games on her computer, reading, crafts and spending time with family. She also enjoyed bragging about her grandchildren, arranging flowers and watching the finches at her bird feeders. Martha enjoyed being a foster parent with her husband Wes when they lived in Vermont. She always looked forward to attending the annual Aviation Lighting Committee Conference each year where she would reconnect with many friends and make new ones.

Martha worked many years as a CNA, Group Home Manager and as an education advocate. She also was a volunteer collecting donations for care packages to send to the service members serving overseas.

She is predeceased by her father Arthur Quimby and sister Melissa Gordon.

She is survived by her mother Mary O’Day of Lebanon, NH, husband Wesley (Wes) Hazelton of Gray, ME, sister Mary Jane Dobbs of Terre Haute, IN, brothers Arthur (Bub) Quimby of Enfield, NH, and Aaron Quimby of Lebanon, NH. She is also survived by her daughter Nyla Jo Waddell (Bill) of Springfield, NH, son Steven Patten of Los Angeles, CA, step son Douglas Hazelton (Carmen) of Lyndeborough, NH, step daughter Elizabeth St. Jean (Jason) of Milford, NH, four grandchildren and four step grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Per Martha’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. She wanted a celebration of life. The location will be in Lebanon, NH area with a date/time to be announced later.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

If anyone would like to contact Wes personally, please contact him at wesmar88@maine.rr.com

Howard, Jess Eugene (1919 – 2014)

Jess Howard died peacefully Thursday, December 4, 2014. Jess was born on December 22, 1919, the beloved son of Celeana and Raymond Howard. Growing up in the depression taught Jess the value of hard work. Starting at a young age delivering newspapers, Jess always outworked everyone. He began working at the Buckeye Pump Co, followed by time at Curtis Wright, and simultaneously attending OSU and Franklin University learning electrical engineering. In 1945 what started as an individual job, became The Jess Howard Electric Company, now nearing its 70th year with 150 employees. Jess continued working at the company he loved up until his death at age 94. Jess is survived by his loving wife, Joan, whom he has been married to for 59 years after meeting her Christmas caroling. Jess is also survived by his children, Tim (Carolyn) Howard, Jill M. Howard, Jess Jr. (Carla) Howard and Jonathan (Jill) Howard; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Howard; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Jerald “Bud” (Wilma) Howard, Dan (Barbara) Howard; sister, Mary Ann White; sisters-in-law, Carol Markle, Betty Howard, and Delores Howard. Jess was predeceased by children James Howard Jeffrey Howard and Jodi Howard, and siblings Raymond Howard Charlotte Howard Isabelle Howard John “Jack” Howard and William “Bill” Howard. Jess loved his wife, family, work, and life in general. His fascination tinkering with things, his work ethic, and his love of life led him to a life filled with memories, accomplishments, and love. He was past President of Associated Contractors of Central Ohio, past President of Associated Builders and Contractors Association, past National Executive Vice President Associated Builders and Contractors Association, past owner of ALNACO, past President of Whitehall Business Association, past President Jefferson Township Business Men’s Association, and served on the Board of Directors at Ohio State Bank that became Star Bank. He was a member of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, Ohio Contractors Association, Buckeye Lake Property Owners Association, Catholic Order of Foresters, Columbus Athletic Club, Columbus Country Club, and Buckeye Lake Yacht Club. Jess was a professional pilot for over 45 years and was a member of the Private Pilots Association, Quiet Birdman Association Q.B.’s, and Illuminating Engineering Society, Aviation Lighting Committee.

Lean, Shay (1941-2003)

We wish to offer our deepest sympathies to the family of a great man, friend and colleague who contributed with great perseverance and enthusiasm for the improvements in Aviation Lighting. He was one of the greatest supporters of our Committee. The aviation lighting industry will miss him.

Paprocki, Thomas Holl (1932-2005)

PAPROCKI, THOMAS HOLL 72 – of Absecon, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, March 26, 2005, at the Atlantic City Medical Center in Pomona. Tom was born in New York, NY and was the son of the late Thomas P. and Blanche Paprocki. He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1950 and graduated in 1954.

Tom served five years in the U.S. Army and also attended and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959.

In 1962 he joined the Federal Aviation Administration at NAFEC as an airport lighting expert. In 1963, as an FAA employee, he accepted the position of Chief Advisor to the Israeli Government on Aviation in Tel Aviv. It is here that he met and married his wife, June, an American Embassy State Department employee. In 1966 he relocated to the American Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He returned to NAFEC in 1968 where his position took him on many interesting temporary duty assignments worldwide.

Tom’s lighting accomplishments included design of the helipad lighting atop the American Embassy in Vietnam to facilitate the American evacuation at the end of the Vietnam Conflict; and, he also was instrumental in the development of the lighting for the night landings of the Space Shuttle.

Following his 1991 retirement from the FAA as a Program Manager for Airport Lighting, he continued his work with several government contractors. At the time of his death, he was employed by Hi-Tech Systems as an Airport Lighting Systems expert.

Tom is survived by his wife of 40 years, June; two daughters, Janice Johnston (Rob), and Jill Paprocki (fianc‚, Ronald), and three grandchildren, Kelly, Dan and Amy. Some of Tom’s hobbies included piloting airplanes, model trains, reading, history, military vehicle restoration and most recently computer technology. He was also a member of the Atlantic City Beach patrol.

Petrick, John T. (1944-2006)

Born May 12, 1944 in Trenton, New Jersey, John was the son of the late John Albert Petrick and Mary Osif Petrick. He was happily married to his loving wife Carol Payne Petrick formerly of Stafford County, Virginia. In addition, he is survived by three daughters, Kendre Helgeland of Norway, Julie Fink of Georgia, Deborah Holt of Virginia; one son, Barry Dobson of Virginia; one sister, Mary Ann Varilla and brother-in-law Mike Varilla of New Jersey; one nephew, Michael John Varilla of Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren.

His work took him into many different aspects of research and development pertaining to science and physics. He was always on the path of invention and creating new dynamic ideas for the world of technology. John had published over 30 patents in his lifetime. His contributions to science and technology included such fields as Laser Initiation, Electromagnetics, Military Systems, Firearms and Lighting. His most recent contributions in the scientific field of Lighting included Medical, Emergency Vehicle and Airport Lighting.

John was an asset and a friend to many, a rare breed among colleagues. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and business associates.

Runyon, Edwin Keith (1956-2016)

Edwin Keith Runyon went to be with the Lord on December 14, 2016. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late John and Mary (Atkinson) Runyon on October 19, 1956. Ed was a graduate of DeVry University and was the Advanced Technology Manager for ADB Safegate where he worked for 35 years. Ed developed many new airfield lighting technologies that are in place today, and possesses numerous patents from Germany and the United States, including the BRITE power line carrier system. Ed was a leading force in the Airfield Lighting Community and will be greatly missed. He worked hand in hand with people all over the world. Ed was IESALC Chairman in 2012 and has done many award winning presentations at past IESALC Technology Meetings. Ed helped to make airports a better and safer place for us all.

Ed leaves his wife, Diane (Kellogg) Runyon; and his daughter, Sarah (Jason) Runyon-Leder. Ed had endless love for his family. He also leaves step-children, John Michael (Becky) Matthews, Jeremy (Marcy) Matthews, Matt (Dana) Black, and Kim Wade; Ed inspired all of us to be the best we could be. He was always willing to lend a hand or answer a questions. He never said a negative word about anyone. He will be greatly missed by everyone that had the pleasure to know him and work with him.

Schai Sr., Arthur S. F.I.E.S. (1911-2003)

October 1, 2003 Arthur S. Schai Sr., 92, of Juno Beach, Florida, died Wednesday, October 1, 2003. He resided in Fayetteville, NY, before moving to Juno Beach in 1977. His beloved wife, Virginia Dean Schai, predeceased him in 1993. He is survived by: his children, Virginia S. Smith of Port St. Lucie, FL, Patricia Mackey Curran of Onancock, VA, Arthur S. Schai Jr. of Lafayette, IN, and William D. Schai of Cazenovia, NY; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He retired from Vega Industries Inc., Syracuse, NY, as Senior Vice President in 1977 and began Schai Associates Inc. and retired in 1997. Before moving to Florida, he was a member of the Cavalry Club, Ledges Golf Club, and past Chairman of the IES Aviation Lighting Committee. A memorial service was held October 14, 2003, at the Christ Fellowship Church, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Sharp, M.T. “Mike” (1923-2006)

Sharp, M.T. “Mike” Suddenly on Friday, July 14th at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Betty for 62 years. Loving father of Mike (Lise), Deborah and Jimmy. Cherished Grandpa to Elizabeth, Harleigh and Tanyss and sadly missed by Jonathan and Ashley. Dear brother of Irene, the late Norman, Phyllis, the late Lindsey and Pat. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod St. on Monday, July 17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 1 p.m. until service time in the Chapel at 2:30. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A special thanks to Black & McDonald and it’s employees for their many years of support, kindness and friendship.

Witteveen, Norman Dale (1938 -2006)

Norman D. Witteveen, 68, passed away December 21, 2006 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Tucson, Arizona. He was born April 3, 1938 in Holland, Michigan. Norm was a resident of Denver, Colorado from 1987 to 2004. He was the design manager for Denver International Airport (DIA) through the early phases of design and construction. After returning from an overseas assignment he returned to DIA as Deputy Director of Aviation-Planning and Development until 1999. At the time of his death, he was employed by HNTB Aviation as National Director of Aviation Quality Assurance and Corporate Advisor. Norm truly enjoyed the Colorado lifestyle spending many days at his second home on Lake Dillon hiking, skiing, and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Martin Witteveen, and his brother Don. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Phillis; sons Scott (Sally) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, David (Elizabeth) of Huntsville, Alabama; brothers Maury (Buff) Witteveen of Suttons Bay, Michigan, Jerry Witteveen (Phyllis) of Holland, Michigan; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; extended family; and many wonderful friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Norman’s name to Michigan Tech, Civil Engineering Fund, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, Michigan, 49931, or Engineering Ministries International, General Fund, 130 East Kiowa Street, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

 

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