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CAPTAIN DAVID DEFIEUX
Dave was the son of Winston ( Winnie ) Defieux who
was with the original ONA and he was a Captain on
the DC-7's. Winnie later became an executive at ONA's
JFK office and was there when I got hired in 1969.
I used to fish with him.
Dave's mother, Vivian & her son Rick gave very nice
eulogies at Dave's memorial service last Thursday.
I flew up to NY from Florida to attend.
There were several Seaboard, Flying Tiger, FedEx
crew in attendance, Hap Carpenter, Walt Donnovan
& John Griffin to mention a few.
Dave flew for ONA / UACI / NATIONAL as First Officer
on the DC- 8 until his recall to Flying Tigers.
He was a great pilot and a pleasure to fly with....
a real gentleman.
Dave will be missed by all that knew him.
RIP my friend on your last flight.
A last greeting to Dave on behalf of
myself as well as the ONA Crew.
Captain Dennis O´Connor
Capt. David Defieux died Apr. 17, 2011 after
a long battle with cancer. He was only 61
years old. He is survived by his wife
Janice, brothers Richard and Scott; and
step-children Kirsten and Davey.
The Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral
Home, 1225 Montauk Hwy, West Islip.
(1/4 mile West of the
Robert Moses Cswy.).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
in David's name to Hospice Care Network,
99 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury, NY 11797.
(This information was taken from Newsday
which also has a guestbook)
David and his father
Both were great people in my life. I applied
to ONA in the mid 1950's for a co-pilot
position with only 300 hours experience
and Winnie took me into his office and
with a cup of coffee for both of us; sat
me down and explained just what I should
have to do to be considered; it was a class
act from nice gentleman and neither one of
us would have believed what eventually
came about. By 1962 I had flown for two
airlines and was the last in class to be
hired as a DC-7 co-pilot; I had to remind
him of his advice and we both shared the
experience from different perspectives.
Captain George Flavell
Dave was a true gentleman.
Mary Ann Ames Mills
I grew up with the Defieux
childen David & Marcy.
El Paso de Robles, CA