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Louis McQuade - Lost but Never Forgotten!

Old 26th Sep 2015, 19:50
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Louis McQuade - Lost but Never Forgotten!

Dear All, it is with a very very deep heart and teary eyes that I must pass on the news to all that Louis passed away earlier today after suffering a further heart attack that even he could not have foreseen or countered!

He was like a brother to all of us who knew him; his wit but dour outlook, and his unwavering generosity will be forever with us all. He was a passionate fighter pilot who knew his trade and excelled in his craft, and I for one owe more than I care to remember to Louis' tenacious commitment to his profession; he was one in a million. I was privileged to have known Louis both professionally and socially, and I will miss him desperately!

Louis leaves Penny, Louis Jnr, Phil, Meg, Charlie the Dog, and Gerrard (a vicious and psychotic cat) and our thoughts are with them all at this time and in the future.

I will post more as and when I have it with regards to the funeral arrangements for Louis on this thread.

Rest in peace Louis.
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Old 26th Sep 2015, 20:02
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Oh good grief. Such sad news. My heart felt condolences to Penny and the family. What a loss.
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Old 26th Sep 2015, 20:26
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A very sad day. We have lost a true gent and a fine fighter pilot. Hold that wee dram for me Louis for when we meet up again. RIP.
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Old 26th Sep 2015, 21:15
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My deepest sympathy to Louis' family at this very sad and shocking news. I had the pleasure of serving with Louis and I have always held him in the highest regard. He will be missed. RIP old friend.
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Old 26th Sep 2015, 23:23
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RIP Louis. You're the second bit of bad news today, the first being Brian Lecomber earlier. Get together with Brian and give St Peter a good run for his money!
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 01:36
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This is terrible news - another good man gone far too soon. I didn't know Louis in the service but we shared many a happy night here in Hong Kong exchanging war stories. Sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time.

Rest easy Louis.

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Old 27th Sep 2015, 08:04
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As a student who had the privilege of being taught for King Air Ground School by Louis throughout this year, he has left a massive hole to fill. Always seen entering the crew room with a smile on his face in the morning, always with a cup of coffee in hand and his sharp wit ready to go. A passionate teacher, distinguished and experienced military and civilian aviator and an absolute gentleman. Tomorrow's students on 45 Sqn have lost one of the best. Louis, you will not be forgotten.
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 08:15
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Sad news indeed. I only knew Louis during F-4 training at Coningsby, he was on the course ahead of me.

What a very nice chap he was, with a fine sense of humour.

Taken far too young - RIP.
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 08:21
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Louis was one of my oldest and dearest friends. A true fighter pilot who never lost the passion and love of flying. From the time we met we were friends for life. His enthusiasm and commitment to flying were unbounded. When he went to Civil Aviation it was a godsend that he was able to continue his passion by flying the Hunter and doing so much for HHA. How I remember so well his first solo in the single seat Hunter, like a kid in a sweet shop.

In later years Louis and I met every week to review what had happen in the world of aviation over a few beers. His tenacious nature and right wing views always lead to a great few hours exchanging views. We had such fun together and those memories will be with me for ever.

Our deepest condolences to Penny, Louis Jr, Philip and Meggie. Also our thoughts are with his mother Pat and his brothers and sisters.

Rest in peace Louis.

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

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Old 27th Sep 2015, 10:26
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What tragic news. One could not find a finer gentleman, pilot and true friend. A huge loss to the world at large but especially to all who new him and treasured his friendship.
My heart goes out to Penny and all the family. A truly sad time.
Many glasses will be raised in your honour at the F4 TDPU.

Louis, go in peace my old friend. You've left a huge hole in our lives.
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 10:49
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Moved on but not forgotten
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 11:34
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Good on Ya Lou - Give them stick up there!
Condolences to all, taken far too early
RIP
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 11:52
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A very sad day indeed. I first flew with Louis during our 111 Sqn days and I remember what a fine man he was.

Rest easy, Louis
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 12:14
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What tragic news. One could not find a finer gentleman, pilot and true friend. A huge loss to the world at large but especially to all who new him and treasured his friendship.
My heart goes out to Penny and all the family. A truly sad time.
Many glasses will be raised in your honour at the F4 TDPU.

Louis, go in peace my old friend. You've left a huge hole in our lives.
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 12:29
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RIP Louis

Shocking news. I have only just heard. I did the F4 OCU with Louis in 1981. Great guy and a feisty fighter pilot. I remember him later gaining the epithet of Hamish McNoseSlice in tribute to his aggressive style in combat. He'll be sorely missed.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Blue skies Louis. RIP.
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 12:32
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Such sad news.
I had the great privilege of working on the same unit at Coningsby as Louis in the early 1990s.
He was never too busy to find time to explain the finer points of his trade to a bluntie like me: indeed he was the first pilot I met who could explain the use of aspect vs TCA without getting themselves tied up in knots when asked what happens in the stern.
I also remember with great affection an APC det and his truly unique recipes for happy hour cocktails.
We were dined out from the unit on the same night in 1995, and had only met up at a few events since then, but he remains an unforgettable character, for all the right reasons.
RIP Louis
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 14:45
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A top man, too soon. Very sad.
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 19:09
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RIP Mad Dog

Sad to hear of your passing Louis - will raise a glass at the F4 TDPU in November. RIP buddy and go check on Chang.

Condolences to Penny and the family.
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 20:41
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Farewell Louis. From the first squadron arrival prank on Tremblers through to unintended departures! - and a lovely mix of dress sense (the cravats of fine silk) and 'clearly' stated views - have enjoyed supping piss together. Very much. Ha!

A fighter pilot who never overstated his own talent - well not when sober!!! Curtain sadly closed on a class act.....
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Old 27th Sep 2015, 23:13
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RIP, only knew you from afar at RAF Wattisham, I as a Runway Caravan Controller remember you and your reputation as one of the best F-4 pilots out there.

I salute you passing with a toast tonight!

God bless your family, you were taken from us far too young..

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