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jcunniff  (D 17518)

Apr 7, 2012, 5:08 PM
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Howard would tell me to mind my own f*cking business, but as he can't...

Our friend, Howard White, has died at home. Howard was a frequent contributor to Parachutist, his recent series on jump aircraft will be a reference text for many years to come.

Many people knew him, and he'd choose to jump with some of them. If you were among his friends, you knew where you stood, even if he hadn't been on a load with you in years.

And as he was a jumper for many years, everyone has a story... I remember the time I managed to get to the DZ before him on New Years Day, and in taking his slot, broke his "First load of the New Year" streak. I think that was 1983, but he remembered it for years. Still, he encouraged me to keep broadening my horizons, (by jumping somewhere else), and kept saying he'd make a jump with me, some other time.

Blue skies, HW. Thanks for being you.


grimmie  (D 18890)

Apr 7, 2012, 5:48 PM
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Blue Skies, Howard. Sorry we never made a jump together as planned.Unsure


Douggarr  (D 2791)

Apr 7, 2012, 5:57 PM
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This was forwarded to me in an email from Dan Poynter, probably the skydiver who knew him best. I went way back with Howie, too. He'll be missed.

Howard White began jumping at Orange Sport Parachuting Center (later Jumptown) in 1965 and soon joined the instruction staff.

A graduate of Harvard University, he attended the Monterey Language School and studied Russian while in the Service.

He served USPA as Northeast Conference director in the 70s and as editor of Parachutist magazine on an interim basis after USPA moved to Washington. He chaired the Historical Committee of the Parachute Industry Association.

He was a newspaper reporter for the Boston Globe and the Quincy Patriot Ledger. Later he did public relations work for the University of Massachusetts.

Howie was an avid SCUBA diver and active skydiver.

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peek  (D 8884)

Apr 7, 2012, 6:15 PM
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Another sad loss. I will miss him, especially at future PIA Symposiums, where he was one of the regulars that gave a lot to the sport and industry.


Bolas  (D License)

Apr 7, 2012, 6:26 PM
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Only met Howard in person once at Jumptown. He's a character. Smile

Blue Skies Forever

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donno  (D 13709)

Apr 7, 2012, 7:39 PM
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Howard was the most exasperating, opinionated, grouchy and caring jumper I ever knew. One minute he'd be bitching about jumpers, and then he'd make a comment that showed that he really knew and cared for a lot of us much better than he let on.

One of my favorite jumps with Howard was at Pepperell, MA where we did a 3 Cessna 12 way for Tim Cronk's 1,000th jump. Howard kept telling me that he wished there were some more people around so he wouldn't have to jump with us, and that we'd never complete the 12-way star. Despite having some problems getting all three Cessnas onto a decent formation, we made the 12-way (but not the second point, as I recall) and Howard was whooping as much as the rest of us when we landed.

Then he tried to get beer out of me, betting that I'd probably never been on a successful 3 Cessna jump before.

BSBD HW

Don Sluter

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Usetawuz  (D 2747)

Apr 7, 2012, 7:51 PM
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So sad! Howie leaves many friends behind. I'm proud to be one of them. We'll miss him.


mmm_peanuts  (D 29215)

Apr 7, 2012, 9:08 PM
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I only knew Howard for the 7 years I have been in the sport, but he has made an immense impression on me. I will severely miss having a beer and cigar with that man.

Cheers Howard.


DFWAJG

Apr 7, 2012, 9:34 PM
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I only know him through his Parachutist contributions and his history lessons here. Frown Blue Skies to a man who contributed so much to our sport.


skypuppy  (D 347)

Apr 7, 2012, 9:41 PM
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I'm shocked and saddened to hear this, he seemed so alive in his posts.


Premier slotperfect  (D 13014)
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Apr 8, 2012, 3:22 AM
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At the 2007 PIA Symposium in Reno I put out an invitation in the Bonfire for DZ.commers at the event to meet for an early breakfast at the coffee shop. Howard was the first one there. I had conversed with him numerous times in the forums prior to that and it was great to finally meet him in person. I ran into him countless times after that in Reno, at that event and the next two, in his capacity as symposium photographer. At the 2008 Barcelona event, he made a remark about his taxpayer's dollars sending me to Spain . . . I told him "mine too" which raised a smile.

His efforts as a parachuting historian were invaluable, especially on the subject of skydiving aircraft. He was a frequent contributor to the History & Trivia Forum and I was always impressed with just how consistently involved he had been in our sport for so many years.

Rest easy, Howard.


ZigZagMarquis  (D License)

Apr 8, 2012, 6:51 AM
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I'm sorry to hear of Howard's passing.

Blue Skies Howard, I'll miss reading your posts here.


drjump  (D 2785)

Apr 8, 2012, 8:15 AM
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RIP and fly free, my friend.


sdctlc  (D 16437)

Apr 8, 2012, 5:28 PM
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Fly Free Howard and Blue Skies


Premier TomNoonan  (D 24313)
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Apr 8, 2012, 9:18 PM
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I am very sad to hear of Howard's passing.

I used to bump into Howard randomly yet regularly over the last few years, and we always had these great conversations about skydiving history and the goings on in PIA and USPA Board Meetings.

I'm glad I got to spend time with you Howard. You were a wealth of knowledge and an enjoyable person to be around and interact with.

Fly free


flygirltricia  (D 22283)

Apr 9, 2012, 8:06 AM
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Howard always made me laugh, even when he was not trying to. We have lost a vast wealth of information with his passing. You will be missed. Rest in peace and fly forever free my friend.


svst  (D 20295)

Apr 9, 2012, 8:15 AM
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I've known Howard a few years Here is a typical conversation between us...


Me: good morning Howard.
Howard: Who are you?

Howard: Anyone wanna jump with me?
Me: I'll jump with you Howard!
Howard: F*#K you,
Me: Why not?
Howard: Your too good, I suck...


Me : Hi Howard
Howard: F#*K Off!

What more can I say? He was a funny bastard! Rest in peace Howard.
One less character in this sport who will be surely missed by so many.

Hymm, Hymm F#*K HIM!


Amazon  (D License)

Apr 9, 2012, 9:09 AM
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Wow I just saw this this morning

Blue Skies HowardUnsureUnsure


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Apr 9, 2012, 2:41 PM
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He was usually an interesting read in the History and Trivia forum. Condolences to friends and family.Unsure


pchapman  (D 1014)

Apr 9, 2012, 7:25 PM
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He was indeed a great contributor in History & Trivia!

Who is going to challenge us with "name that airplane" now??


monkycndo  (D License)

Apr 9, 2012, 8:43 PM
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I only met him at the last PIA convention in Reno. Had a short conversation and he was that crotchety curmudgeon. But you could see in his eyes that he was genuinely having fun playing the character. His knowledge and stories will be missed.


robinheid  (D 5533)

Apr 10, 2012, 9:09 AM
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In reply to:
He was usually an interesting read in the History and Trivia forum. Condolences to friends and family.Unsure

"And when it wasn't an interesting read, it was a fascinating read.

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Genego  (D 10375)

Apr 10, 2012, 9:30 AM
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His contributions will be greatly missed, it would be nice if someone could post a picture of him here.


jerry9461  (D 4281)

Apr 10, 2012, 11:17 AM
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Here is a picture of Howard taken in the late 70s at the Mansfield, MA DZ.
Attachments: HowardWhite.JPG (12.2 KB)


f1freak  (C License)

Apr 10, 2012, 11:43 AM
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RIP Howard. PIA meeting wont be the same Unsure
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3331  (D 3331)

Apr 10, 2012, 1:13 PM
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From Diane Pond:

I just spoke with Howard White's brother and he and his other brother
need some time to think about what type of Memorial Service they want
to do and when and where they want to do it. They will be in touch
over the next few days and will let us know what they decide. It is
most likely going to take place in the New England area since he did
not travel to DC much and one of his brothers does live in
Peterborough. They do not have a date at this time. I will let
everyone know when I hear more. For now they are asking that people
respect their privacy and give them time to do what they need to do.

Diane


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Apr 10, 2012, 1:57 PM
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Fuck you, Howard.
Who said you could track off from the formation that way?

RIP. Man, RIP.


ishdaddy  (D 29069)

Apr 11, 2012, 7:29 AM
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He for sure was the grumpiest MF in the planet Earth, but a hell of a nice guy as well.

I remember one day, before he went to Barcelona-Spain in 2008. We both were seat watching skydivers landings and he said:
HW: I would like to make a jump.
Me: me too, do you want to make a jump?
HW:yes, but I don't have anyone to jump with.
Me: I'm here, don't I?
HW: yes, but I don't speak Castillian and you speak broken English.
Me:(I looked at him like wtf?) so......
HW: how the fuck are we gonna to communicate during free fall?
Both of us started to laugh and finally did a jump.

After landing, he said: hey Ish, I will never ask anything to a fucking Spaniard, but due that you are an US citizen as well, and knows pretty well Spain, I have a few questions to ask you......but, if you tell anyone that I asked you those questions, I will deny it, so....just answer my questions and fuck off.

Man, he will be missed.


NovaTTT  (D 17887)

Apr 11, 2012, 7:48 AM
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Sad news. Condolences to friends and family.

Fly free, Howard.


oldphart  (D 29509)

Apr 13, 2012, 8:50 PM
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Blue Sky's Howard...I'm saddened by this news...


skybill  (D 6009)

Apr 13, 2012, 11:05 PM
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In reply to:
Howard would tell me to mind my own f*cking business, but as he can't...

Our friend, Howard White, has died at home. Howard was a frequent contributor to Parachutist, his recent series on jump aircraft will be a reference text for many years to come.

Many people knew him, and he'd choose to jump with some of them. If you were among his friends, you knew where you stood, even if he hadn't been on a load with you in years.

And as he was a jumper for many years, everyone has a story... I remember the time I managed to get to the DZ before him on New Years Day, and in taking his slot, broke his "First load of the New Year" streak. I think that was 1983, but he remembered it for years. Still, he encouraged me to keep broadening my horizons, (by jumping somewhere else), and kept saying he'd make a jump with me, some other time.

Blue skies, HW. Thanks for being you.
Hi JC and all,
Read the news on the memorial page headline and .....don't know what to say. Like when my wife Peggy died,....'took me a couple of daze till I could muster up the words to come here and say something. 'Only met Howard once, at the old farts get togetrher at Raeford. 'Chatted about jumpin' a lot here on Dizzy.com and now he's gone from us. Shoz' to go ya', live life like every day is your last, ....because it might be??!! Fly on Howard, 'gonna miss ya' buddy!!


OWB  (D 14741)

Apr 14, 2012, 4:42 AM
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  How do you say what everyone already knows?
Howard was his own man, not swayed by what anyone else thought, or what everyone else was doing. This is my path, please don't get in the way. He quietly amassed an incredible wealth of knowledge, of the times, people and places of the sport. I can only hope he had it all written down.
Blue skies Howard.


Premier DSE  (D 29060)
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Apr 14, 2012, 8:14 AM
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In reply to:
... I can only hope he had it all written down.
Blue skies Howard.

Believe me, he did. I visited Howard's place once, in search of some old films we'd talked about restoring. It was nearly floor/ceiling with skydiving. If his collection could merely be cataloged, the NSM would need nothing more. His writings, magazines, manuals, photos....I can see a few years of sorting, cataloging, etc happening there.

Howard had a passionate affair with the history and progress of our sport. He was easily one of the older people to don a wingsuit for the first time, and he really enjoyed flying it.

Most have figured out that his gruff attitude was his way of showing love and keeping a safe distance. He spoke that way to US Senator Jake Garn, too, at the Pioneers of Sport Parachuting gathering in SLC, Utah a few years ago.
His contributions to the sport will never be known by most.


saffron  (D 27243)

Apr 29, 2012, 5:32 AM
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Howard White~

I will forever cherish every memory I have of you. I have countless visions of you bitching and bitching about not being able to get on the next load because nobody would pack for you. I (or anyone) would pack for you in record time, so you could make that load and stop bitching. Of course, by then, you would be pissed off about something else and choose to leave! Or.... I would start packing your rig (just in case you wanted to jump) and you'd "kindly" tell me you were going home and not to bother. Okay, cool. I would move on to another rig or get myself geared up for the next load. Then you'd suddenly decide to get on the load and be pissed that you weren't packed. And you'd leave...

I'm gonna throw this out there....You could be a little fickle at times... a bit difficult and opinionated. Kinda persnickety. But you jumped more in the last few winters than most of us youngins jump all summer long. Your tolerance for bullshit and ignorance was very low...All because you seemed to care very deeply about this crazy skydiving thing we all partake in. At least that's what I think. If you were here, you might rag on me for being too sentimental. Fine. FU.

In all seriousness and with a heavy heart.... Thank you, Howard, for everything you put out there. You were always authentic. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know you... after already knowing you for a few years. Fly free Howard...... and pack yer own goddamn parachute.

Blues, Jojo


SimonBones  (D 28573)

Apr 29, 2012, 11:48 AM
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Damn, I can't believe I'm just heard about this. I haven't seen Howard in years, but I remember him being a pretty cool guy to listen to.

One time back in 2006 I talked him into bringing out some very old army surplus gear he'd saved from jumping decades ago to let me try jumping it. At first he was all about it. The day before he was going to bring it to the DZ for me he shot me an email canceling because he'd decided the equipment was just too dangerous to jump anymore by modern standards. I bugged him about it a few more times and couldn't get him to change his mind, but he sure did get me all excited with some of the old stuff he's got. I hope some of it does make it to the museum.

See ya on the other side buddy.

-Simon


Couloirman  (A 51997)

Apr 30, 2012, 7:07 PM
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Cant believe it took me so long to hear about this. We miss you man. Damn.

RIP Howard.


LloydDobbler  (D 30655)

Apr 30, 2012, 9:34 PM
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+1.

Howard, wish I had gotten to meet you outside of DZ.com. Thanks for sharing the history with us young skydiver-types. The context you added (& the way you added it) was priceless.

Blue skies.


3331  (D 3331)

May 13, 2012, 9:11 AM
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A Memorial Service and Celebration of Howard White's life will be taking place at Jumptown on Saturday, May 26th at 6 PM. After his family speaks an ash dive and barbecue will take place.

Please let Diane Pond know if you would like to formally speak. Please pass this on to anyone who I may have missed.



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