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Old 12-24-2016, 07:30 AM
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Never met you father but he was obviously a good man. We all share in your loss. He taught you well, as you will teach your son. Your father made the world a better place and he will continue through you and your son

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Old 12-24-2016, 07:49 AM
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We are sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Your pictures are testament to the special bond between fathers and sons.
Bruce Sacks
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Old 12-24-2016, 08:03 AM
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Jerry, great tribute to a fine man, and a great father. I lost mine Dec, 1999. We did alot of things together as you did. One day, my Dad will fly with me in my 7.
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Old 12-24-2016, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob Martin View Post
Thanks for sharing your family story.
A wonderful story it is too.
You are lucky to have been able to share your lives in Aviation.
The story and pictures are a wonderful tribute.
Blue Skies to your Dad!
I couldn't say it better!

Jerry, may you and your family have a merry Christmas celebrating the memories of your father, knowing he is looking down and smiling as you carry on the family traditions.
Bill R.
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:26 AM
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Default Tailwinds, Julio.

I'm sorry I never met Julio Esquenazi, but I do know his son, Jerry. If the father is anything like his son then Julio was a great man!
Jerry flew his beautiful RV-8 from Atlanta to North Texas Regional Airport just to watch the IAC National Aerobatic Championships earlier this year. We spent a few days together and it wasn't hard to befriend Jerry. His enthusiasm for everything aeronautical is evident in everything he does. His RV-8 is the most beautiful RV I have ever seen and with a bit of coaching Jerry has become an aerobatic competitor with a great future.

Jerry, I was sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family this Christmas.
Ron Schreck
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:29 AM
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Default I love it

when sons honor their Dads as you have. What a powerful testament to the legacy we fathers leave behind, we for the next generation just as was done for us.

My own son, now 34, is researching ways he can more effectively hand down a legacy of true masculinity to my grandson, still only 6. He passed on some of his gleanings to me, including this, from one of the authors we both consider a favorite.

passing the torch even as I have received it, standing on the shoulders of a giant of a Dad
Bill Boyd

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Old 12-25-2016, 10:36 AM
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Thank you all for your beautiful comments. They sure did make feel better and I'm very grateful for this wonderful aviation community we have, thanks to Vans, Doug and this website, and all the fantastic people that make up our collective. Merry Christmas!
Jerry Esquenazi
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Old 12-25-2016, 08:30 PM
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That is such a fine tribute from a son to his father. You were both very fortunate to have aviation in common and it has kept you so close to each other. I am 80 also and my son was a pretty good co-pilot in our family C-172 from age 12, and we went on camping trips together thruout the west.

He became an ME then up to a sales/Mgmnt position, I just could not keep his interest up about flying. I think it helps if one has an understanding spouse...

Best to all,

Jerry C
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Old 12-26-2016, 05:08 PM
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Our fathers play a great role in our lives. Mine too loved airplanes and we started off with U-control and then into radio control and then the real thing. I learned to fly in my fathers plane.

I too lost my father this year. I think about the times we had, the times we could have had and reflect that he was the best father that anyone could have.

I think about my father very often. You will too. Make them good thoughts.

59 years ago today my father and mother brought me into this world. I miss them both.
Gary "Seismo" Zilik
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:26 PM
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So sorry to know your Dad has passed. He was a fine man. You two had some fine times.
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