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Dick Roe Remembered – Hangar Flying

Dick Roe Remembered

By Bob Mann, EAA 8900, Bracebridge, Ontario


I obtained this very good e-mail from Bob, and am delighted to have the ability to share it with you. – Ian Brown, Bits and Itemseditor

Simply learn the Might concern of the Bits and Items publication and sure certainly I do know Dick Roe. I first met him in 1951 after I was 7 years previous. We had simply moved in throughout the road from him and you might be proper he did look previous, however if you end up 7 each grownup seems previous. Dick and his spouse Annie and my mother and father grew to become lifelong associates. He would inform us tales about his time within the British Military in France throughout WWI. I don’t know when Dick moved to Canada however I do know he labored for Ford Motor Co. in Windsor till he retired. Dick has “gone west” as my mom notified me on the time however I can’t recall when. My mom handed away in 2003 so it will have been earlier than then. On April 24, 1965, the Windsor Star did an article on EAA Chapter 185 and in it there was an image of my dad and Dick. They mentioned within the article that the membership age ranged from 20 to 68, Dick being 68.

Dick standing beside the Cub in a good friend’s discipline in Bothwell ON, the place they went for a go to in 1964

My dad, George, obtained his pilot’s license in 1958 and acquired a Piper J-3 which I’ve and nonetheless fly. In line with my dad’s logbook Dick’s title first appeared in June 23, 1963, and the final was in August 18, 1974. The explanation for that was my dad constructed a Volksplane VP-1, single seat, and I had the Cub in Hamilton the place I lived. They flew roughly 50 hours over that point interval. I’m positive that Dick flew with different members of Chapter 185 as he was an enthusiastic copilot and editor of the chapter publication The Log Sheet. I don’t understand how lengthy he was editor however I’ve two Log Sheets, one dated June 1967 and one dated June 1978 with him as editor however I’m positive he was at it longer than that.

The Volksplane dad constructed and flew to Oshkosh in 1978

I joined EAA on the Rockford fly-in in 1959, the identical 12 months I began taking instruction within the Cub. I obtained my pilot’s license in 1961 (you needed to be 17 again then) and that’s when a gaggle of us began speaking about beginning an EAA chapter. In line with the identical Windsor Star article, Chapter 185 was began in 1963. The opposite particular person within the image with Dick is Bob Dauldin. Bob and I are fairly presumably the one two constitution members of the membership that haven’t “gone west.” Bob is a lawyer and a retired Ontario court docket decide. He was additionally a MP for plenty of years. After I moved to Hamilton (1968) the one contact I had with the chapter was by means of The Log Sheet that my dad would ship me. Dad joined the chapter in 1965 and that’s how Dick obtained concerned.

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