Culpeper Times • May 26-June 1, 2016 ➤ JJ, from Page 4 and many others. J.J. will always be considered as one of our Founding Fathers here at CJR as his 90 unit t-hangar complex was the push-start that the airport needed to be on its way. For many years he has flight instructed with White Hawk Aviation, continued his aerial photography business and reignited his love of ham radio. As can be echoed by many of you, J.J. will be truly missed as he is and always will be a friend and mentor. J.J. has immortalized himself here at the airport with the t-hangar complex and the wonderful individuals that he attracted to the airport,” said Tanya. Mike Dale, a fellow pilot, supporter of the airport and instrumental in the success of the annual Culpeper AirFest was likewise sick at heart. “JJ was a consummate gentleman. A wonderful friend, kind, generous and warm hearted. His enthusiasm for aviation touched everyone around him and had not abated with age. I flew several check flights with him over the years and, while his approach was typically low key, his disciplines in the air soon challenged you to use every aspect of your aircraft's performance and made you hone your skills,” said Dale, adding, “His work with Angel Flight and other volunteer organisations brought well deserved national recognition and, not surprisingly, it was JJ who volunteered to fly Mike Ginter and I out to persuade the DAV to let us use their name to dedicate the Potomac Flight. He was always ready to help.It was JJ who had the courage to build the first set of hangars at CJR when no one else thought they were viable. When the County asked him to sell them back to the county he agreed instantly with all the grace that was such a strong characteristic of his life. Life was always about other people, not him, and this will live in the memory of everyone who ever knew JJ.” “The last entry in my logbook written by JJ was 3/31/16. I shall always cherish that last flight with him,” said a saddened Dale. “Culpeper has lost a treasure beyond replacement.” Frankie Gilmore has known JJ for years. "Where do I start, he's been a friend of a family forever," Frankie Gilmore, director of the Piedmont Soap Box Derby said. "He hung out with my
“J.J. Quinn had a heart of gold He flew countless hours in his retirement to help those in need. We will miss him, but God has chosen him for a higher calling..”
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Sally Underwood Friend older brother and sisters in the 1960s. He flew with my dad (the late Joe Troilo) and they always hung out at the airport. I grew up around JJ. He always had a smile on his face and he always asked 'what can I do for you.' He did so much for the Soap Box Derby that people aren't aware of. He touched so many lives with Angel Flight. It's such a tragic loss, it's going to leave a void." Al Aitken, another fellow pilot, knows that flying is not without risk. “It appears JJ went flying with someone at the Culpeper airport to help him learn about his new airplane he had just bought. JJ was like that... always helping out others... even inexperienced pilots,” said Aitken who speculated that perhaps a mechanical problem brought them closer to the ground. “An NTSB investigation is underway. We
won’t know for a while,” said Aitken. “We’re all so sad.” Aitken shared an old adage in the flying community..."Flying is not inherently dangerous...but it is totally unforgiving of the tiniest mistake." JJ received his wings in 1957 as a flight student for the US Navy. He served as a pilot flying with VP-11 Squadron in Brunswick, Maine flying P2V Neptunes and with the Navy six fleet in Malta and Rota, Spain. He later served as a flight instructor in T28s at Pensacola, Florida until 1962. Sadness, that’s the powerful word on this Wednesday as I pen these words. Sadness and yet a good feeling if that’s possible knowing that he died doing what he did best - serving others in the sky.
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