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Sep 01, 2012, 03:51 PM
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Sad Day

It is my regret to inform of the passing of a long time attendee of the NEAT Fair as well as a significant presence in the running of SEFF, Ric Vaughn.

Ric passed early this morning the 1st of September after a long battle with Cancer.

God speed Ric, we will always remember your generosity to the hobby.

Last edited by Tom Hunt; Sep 01, 2012 at 06:20 PM.
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Sep 01, 2012, 04:41 PM
End of an Era.....
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He got his wings! Miss ya buddy!!!
Sep 01, 2012, 04:53 PM
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RIP Ric!
Sep 01, 2012, 05:48 PM
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Goodbye, dear friend..
Sep 01, 2012, 06:33 PM
RIP Azarr - "Old age is not for sissies"
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I just saw this on Facebook, it's a sad day for our community. Ric was a force in the hobby, I always enjoyed our conversations.

Sep 01, 2012, 07:17 PM
30 yrs. Of Aircraft flying!
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RIP Ric You will be missed.
Sep 01, 2012, 07:25 PM
Blew out my flip flop
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God bless his family and help them through this difficult time. Ric was a great guy, a good friend, and an ambassador for the hobby. His smiling face will be missed along the flight line at SEFF. Miss ya buddy
Sep 01, 2012, 08:32 PM
Lori, hey, you're home early
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Terrible news. I didn't know Ric but my condolences to his friends and family.
Sep 01, 2012, 08:49 PM
No problemo...
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I remember reading Ric's threads then finally meeting him at NEAT. He was a great guy - so friendly and willing to share. I fondly remember his hyper-powered glider and "the catch".

I did not know he had cancer. RIP Ric - you'll be missed.

Sep 01, 2012, 09:00 PM
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I first met Ric at one of the last KRC meets at Queen City Airport. Then at SEFF and NEAT. Always a gentleman and helpful to all. Peace to you and your loved ones.

Sep 02, 2012, 04:11 AM
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What awful news. I'm really choked up right now. Ric really was one of the best - we had some great times together. RIP Ric.
Sep 02, 2012, 06:18 AM
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... A very sad day. My condolences to his family.

Fly high - you will be missed
Sep 02, 2012, 10:52 PM
Fast and getting faster!
A truely sad day, I met Ric in 2004, and always made sure to stop and chat every neat fair since! God Speed Ric you will be missed!!!

The one thing I can remember that makes me smile is one of the past Neats, I had just arrived, and I believe it was the year my truck broke down and I just unloaded to find one of my large planes had been damaged, some serious dents in the sheeting. Ric happened upon me in my moment of distress as he had just arrived and wanted to say hi, offered to help, and showed me a couple little things to fix the dents easily, and sure enough they worked!
Last edited by FASTALJR; Sep 02, 2012 at 11:15 PM.
Sep 03, 2012, 06:02 AM
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I am deeply saddened by the passing of Ric. My condolences to his family and friends. Ric was a porch regular at the Reynold's Inn in Roscoe, NY where we stay for the NEAT Fair. Each year he would make the drive from Georgia to help out at the NEAT. Although he would normally have a buddy with him, a few year's ago his wife came with him because his heart had recently required a restart. Few things slowed him down and the stories from his days as a commercial airline pilot were endless. Ric was a good man with a Southern charm. I can still picture him catching his own HLG launch a few years back after the prop came off. As usual, he just smiled.
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Sep 03, 2012, 07:04 AM
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Rick Vaughn

Rick Vaughn was a GEM! A big Man, with a big smile, with a big personality, with a great love of our Hobby
and the willingness to share his many great stories with everybody. He was a great Man who will be missed
by all that knew him!
Last edited by Papajeff; Aug 06, 2013 at 09:42 AM.

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