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Louis McQuade - Lost but Never Forgotten!

Old 28th Sep 2015, 08:28
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A few words from the HHA MD which reflect the sentiments of the HHA team.

It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of the death of Louis McQuade ( RAF S/ Ldr retired), HHA’s former Head of Flying. Louis died unexpectedly yesterday, 26th September 2015 from a suspected heart attack whilst out jogging.

He was one of life’s greats – a wonderful friend and colleague, loyal, honourable, tenacious with great wit and unwavering generosity.

Louis was a consummate fighter pilot with an unquenchable passion for aviation. After leaving the RAF ( where he flew Hawk, F4, F18 and F3), he joined Cathay Pacific, but continued his involvement with fast jets initially through OFMC and then HHA. His contribution to HHA, especially in the early years, was immense and many will remember him from the numerous displays he gave in the Hunter. Behind the public scenes, he was instrumental in managing HHA’s initial transition to flight ops on the military register, which, given his aversion to paperwork, was a challenge he nevertheless accepted. More recently, his advice with regard to operations involving HHA’s latest platform was measured and full of infectious enthusiasm.

It is somewhat ironic that he died on the same calendar day as his great friend, Mark Hanna, and I’m sure that there will be many a yarn told as they meet at the Pearly Gates!

Our thoughts are with his wife Penny and children Louis Jr, Phil and Meg. Also heartfelt condolences to Pat, his mother, and his brothers and sisters.

Further details pertaining to funeral arrangements will be published in due course.

Mat Potulski

27th Sept 2015
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Old 28th Sep 2015, 09:16
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Sad news indeed. A gentleman, fighter pilot, blessed with wonderful character, and deservedly held by all with affection and respect. So long, Louis.
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Old 28th Sep 2015, 11:14
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RIP Louis

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Old 28th Sep 2015, 12:10
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Request For Anecdotes and Stories

I have been asked my Philip to request if any of you have anecdotes or stories involving Louis that may be retold at his funeral. If so please send them to Philip at [email protected]

Either Spitfire64 or myself will post funeral arrangements when known.

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Old 28th Sep 2015, 12:59
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If you can find him (Google and Facebook will probably point the way), but Air Cdre (Retd) Julian Stinton might perhaps remember such events? I think that they were on the same F-4 OCU course, as was the late Mark Hanna?

Was Louis on the (in)famous 'fishing' expedition to Nocton Hall, which failed to impress B**t**d B*ll, Stn Cdr at the time.... ??

Young Louis also appeared in this episode of Fighter Pilot:

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Old 28th Sep 2015, 14:06
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Louis was on 38 Course or "C" Flight on 2 Sqn at Linton when I first met him and I was in "D" Flight and the junior course following on behind. Our paths crossed infrequently thereafter but I remember him as a good guy to have around.

I can't believe he's gone - it makes me feel old reading news like this. I'll raise a dram tonight and remember other lost course mates.

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Old 28th Sep 2015, 19:59
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Louis was a stude at Valley in the early 80s. He wasn't my stude but I remember him being a good mate to have a beer with. Lots of that era of studes turned out to be bloody good combat pilots and he was one of them.

He went on to become a highly respected AD bod and I went back to moving mud. Must have a picture of the back of his head somewhere!

Hope the banter is good up there. Respect.

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Old 29th Sep 2015, 18:22
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Some two and a half years ago Louis and I flew HHA's Hunter T8 from Scampton down to Yeovilton. I suspect that this was his last fast jet trip so it is a great privilege for me to have been able to share it with him. I could tell a few other tales of trips that we flew together in that aircraft over the last few years but those can be saved for the Wake!

Happy memories of putting the world to rights with Louis at Edlington Hall. To Penny, Louis Jr, Phillip and Megan, my deepest condolences.

God speed, Louis.
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Old 1st Oct 2015, 03:55
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I am a USMC aviator who served with Louis in Hawaii and during Desert Storm. We were flying Hornets together in the early 90's. He is an outstanding Man, Officer, Husband and Father. We will miss him. I will raise one to him. God Bless.

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Old 1st Oct 2015, 07:41
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Any news about the funeral?
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Old 1st Oct 2015, 08:32
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Funeral on Friday 16 October 2015

Louis's Funeral will take place on Friday 16 October 2015 AT 11.00

St Mary’s Church, Church Lane Horncastle, LN9 5HW

The Church of St Helen, Edlington, LN9 5RN

The Dower House Hotel, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6PY

Any requests PM me. Any anecdotes to Philip please at [email protected]

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Old 1st Oct 2015, 12:40
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Louis' Funeral

Dear all, further to Dominator's notice of the funeral, Penny has asked that any donations that anybody wishes to make to either:

The British Heart Foundation or the RAF Benevolent Fund directly or through the undertaker, which is Sivill, Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Just family flowers please.

Penny has also asked me to make it clear that everybody is welcome to all three venues on the day.
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Old 2nd Oct 2015, 00:19
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I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the very sad news. A brilliant pilot, a great RAF officer and the very best sort of human being. Thanks Louis for your guidance, wit and company: popping to Edlington for a couple of drinks at Christmas remains one of life's great memories. All of our love and prayers to Penny and the family: I am so sorry for your loss and so glad that we were all lucky enough to have had him in our lives.
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Old 2nd Oct 2015, 11:11
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Very sad.

One of life's nice guys, excellent company and a real gentleman.

I've just been looking at a 'team photo' of Louis, Mark and Ray Hanna and myself taken at Bex airshow Switzerland in August 1987 – not long before Louis went off to Hawaii on his exchange tour flying the F18 with the USMC.
Mark and Louis met on Treble One and became lifelong friends, although lifelong turned out to be far too short. Louis' eulogy at Mark's funeral (1999) was superb.

The picture brought back happy memories of the four of us having a wonderful time. Sadly, three are no longer with us – but I'll never forget them.
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Old 16th Oct 2015, 08:06
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Louis, Safe Flight.
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Old 16th Oct 2015, 16:58
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For those who could not make it, Louis went in style.

The Service at St Mary's was inspirational. The sermon was very well balanced and gained everyone's attention. Philip was outstanding and his father would have been proud of his expansive eulogy. Meg, Louis Allen and John all made the Service truly memorable.

The burial at Edlington went without hitch and thanks Matt and Simon for the tremendous Hunter tribute to Louis.

Penny our thoughts are with you. The Reception at the Dower House was a memorable event for all who attended. Thanks to the Typhoon pilot who was temporarily uncertain of his position.

To all of the family, God Bless You - Goodbye Louis
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Old 16th Oct 2015, 18:55
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God speed Louis, sorry I couldn't be there...
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Old 17th Oct 2015, 15:31
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It was a great send off for one of life's great guys.

RIP Loius
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