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Former AMA Executive Director Jim Cherry Takes Final Flight

Former AMA Executive Director Jim Cherry Takes Final Flight

I just received news that Jim Cherry has passed away. Jim and I worked together on events at AMA headquarters when I was there covering events for and He was always easy going, a straight shooter and driven to get the job done. I knew if he said something was handled, then it was handled. It's people like Jim that help move this hobby forward, he will be missed.

- From the AMA website -
M U N C I E - It’s with sadness that the AMA announces that former AMA Executive Director Jim Cherry died on December 2 at his home in Panama City. Cherry had resigned his post in August to return to Florida to be with his family.

Jim was instrumental in several projects with AMA, including introducing AMA to the League of Cities, helping develop AMA’s reworked long-range strategic plan and implementing his Program of Work concept that helped guide the AMA’s staff of 55 at the 1,100-acre International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie.

“During his nearly four years as the Academy’s Executive Director beginning in 2006, Jim launched a number of important initiatives for AMA,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA president. “The entire model aviation community will miss him, and all of us at AMA extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Lynn, and his family.”

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 - 6 p.m.
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