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Old 02-13-2013, 10:51 PM
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Default Jeff Sharman (merged)

I just learned of the passing of Jeff Sharman on the afternoon of the 13th. Jeff was very well known and loved in the world wide RV community. Jeff shipped dozens of RV's world wide as well as other planes.

The only details that I have of Jeff's death is he was flying a small single place experimental (not an RV). It may have lost a wing in flight.

Jeff will be very much missed by our local RV and pilot community.

Steve
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:29 PM
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Just saw the news on TV, they did not mention a name.

Sorry to hear this, I met Jeff at one of the local RV events, nice guy.

RIP Jeff.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:44 PM
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Heard about it a few minutes after it happened. Awful.

Jeff operated out of a hangar across from me at KDWA for many years. He will be missed.

The plane he was flying was an Avions Fairey Tipsy Nipper. Jeff imported the plane for himself, because (as he explained it to me) he had one as a young man in South Africa and wanted another. He had a big smile on his when he was showing it to me last year.

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:33 AM
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Jeff will be missed for sure, my condolences go out to the family.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:20 AM
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Jeff collected, packed and shipped an RV-8 kit to us last summer. He was a really top notch guy, who provided a great service. Very sad news.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:36 PM
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I just received the following email about the memorial for Jeff.


Please join us to celebrate the
extraordinary life,? of an extraordinary man.

Tuesday February 19th 2013 at 3:00pm
Hangar 6A Nut Tree Airport, Vacaville

It?s possible that we have missed getting this flyer to all of Jeff?s friends; in that case please feel free to forward this on to anyone that you believe would want to celebrate with us.

Parking will be behind Lowes, the old ball field lot.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:09 AM
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Default Jeff's Company

For anyone that is interested in shipping airplanes. Jeff's wife Sheila plans to keep the company in business. She did all of the paperwork, organization and communication for shipment of airplanes. Scott, who dismantled, packed and loaded the airplanes, plans to stay and continue the excellent work that he does. Jeff will be missed by all that knew him as he was a generous man, but his Sharman Enterprises will go on and he won't be forgotten.

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Old 02-17-2013, 11:57 AM
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Default Meerkat I, II, III, and I think IV

For those of you who didn't personally know Jeff Sharman, you may have known his planes. Each red RV he built had a picture of Meerkats standing vertical on the vertical stabalizer. Meerkats are from So. Africa, Jeff's country of orgin.

Jeff passed on Wednesday his Tipsy Nipper close to the town of Winters in Northern California. All indications were that it was an in flight structural failure.

A memorial will be held at the Nut Tree Airport at 3:00 on Tuesday the 19th of February.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:23 PM
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Default Sad news

I know one of the owners of one of his RV-4's. Kerry Roberson is a tow pilot at Williams Soaring Center, and flies, I believe, Meerkat II.

Really sad to hear this.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:57 PM
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Unhappy I'll be there.

I knew Jeff well. He and I both in the same line of business (shipping airplanes) but we were never in competition with each other; we often worked deals together. He was one of the most honest, stand-up guys I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He will be sorely missed.
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