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OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS

A LAST GREETING TO DAVID DEFIEUX



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CAPTAIN DAVID DEFIEUX
APRIL 2011

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
Winnie Defieux

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
CREW CONDOLENCES

IN MEMORIAM

Dave was a true gentleman. 
Mary Ann Ames Mills 


I grew up with the Defieux childen David & Marcy. Heartfelt condolences- John Fixler El Paso de Robles, CA



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