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Old 10-04-2012, 12:37 PM
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Default Tom Webster

I was just informed that Tom Webster (tomwebster on VAF) passed away this morning.

I don't have many details at the moment, but will follow up as I learn when his services are scheduled.

Tom will be missed by many in the Central Ohio area and the Ohio Valley RVators. Tom was known to stop by every builder's hangar at KDLZ on the weekends to catch up on the build status and the local gossip. He was very active with the Ohio Valley RVators and flew to a local UFO every weekend as the weather permitted.

I was fortunate to fly and room with Tom at Airventure this past year.

He was a great friend and mentor. He will be missed by all.
Bob Leffler
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:14 PM
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Default I did not know Tom but ...

I did not know Tom but when I was at Urbana for the MERFI race he introduced himself in a very kind and reserved manner and we talked for a while. What a nice person he was. I am sorry to read of his passing.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:20 PM
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Thank you for sharing. Tom was fantastic to know. I really loved that guy and he is going to be missed. I was looking forward to spending more time with him at OSH next year.

God speed, Tom.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:51 PM
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Tom (Chox) Webster was a great supporter of the RV family. His right seat was always occupied with a builder or RV wanna-be. Tom was a pilot for over 50 years and I learned a whole lot from this man. He hauled me all over the mid west during my two RV purchases, and was glad to do it. We flew to many UFO's together, we pretty much wore out the state of Ohio and surrounding states. I have just lost one of my resons to fly. Rest in peace my friend. God Be With You.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:54 PM
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I am sorry to hear about this news. Tom is a kind and gentle person. He will be missed.

Tom and his friend came to visit.

Ted Chang, VAF #681
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:23 PM
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Sat with Tom at the RV banquet this year. Big hole in my flying world, because we both fly Luscombes, too.

Blue Skies, Tom
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:52 PM
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Ted C.(above) introduced us a few years back. We had many good conversations. Met him and Bob L.(above) at Osh this year. Sat beside him at DLZ's pancake breakfast after Osh talking about his single place Thatcher he was building. I called him just this past Sat AM to see if he wanted to go up to Port Clinton(PCW) for the chili fly-in. All seemed fine. He loved to fly his RV-7A slow to save fuel. He was like family and will be missed.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:07 PM
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As Wayne stated we all flew up to KPCW for a bowl of Chili last Saturday. Sat and ate with Tom and then walked the flight line with him. He said at that time he was not feeling good. He will be missed. A great guy and a pleasure to be around.

Geoff Combs
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:52 PM
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Default He will be missed...

Bob, thanks for posting this. I can still see Tom smiling at MERFI. One of the good guys and a pleasure to be around. He and his son came to visit my 1st project at a time when I could have easily thrown in the towel and moved onto something else. Tom's encouragement caused me to dig down and work a little harder after his visit.

Those of us that knew him are better for it. Tailwinds my friend....
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:00 PM
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Like a lot of people in our community, Tom touched me as well. He was active in our local EAA Chapter and the area RV guys. He was always there to lend a hand or just shoot the bull. He'll be sorely missed. I attended the Van's banquet with him and we took off just ahead of him at Oshkosh - the last time I saw him.

We lost a good one today! Godspeed Tom Webster!

Tom is appropriately in the center of this picture taken at OSH this year at the Vintage Cafe. The guys with us at lunch that day were folks that frequently flew with Tom.

L-R (Pete Britton, Jeff Hazlett, Tom, Dan Hempy)
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