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Captain Mark Naylor, Virgin Atlantic

Old 31st Jul 2008, 12:24
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Hi Bob, are you there
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Old 4th Aug 2008, 11:14
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Hi Bob
Could you pls contact me
brgds Kirsten
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Old 31st Jan 2009, 09:49
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Cancer Research UK

Just in case you felt like making a contribution in Mark's memory but never quite got around to it:

Captain Paul James of Jet2 is making an attempt on Everest this coming Spring 2009. His family too has been touched by cancer and he would like to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

On his trip to FL290, Paul will be carrying the cork from a bottle of 1959 wine that Mark bought to celebrate what would have been his 50th birthday on 7th March 2009. At that altitude, even a gram will feel like a tonne! Many thanks Paul.

Please go to Paul's page at Just Giving:
www.justgiving.com/pauljameseverest

or to find out more:
The Paul James Everest Website

Thank you!
Bob

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Old 5th Feb 2009, 18:25
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Many Thanks to you all

My name is Alison and I am Mark Naylor's sister. I just wanted to say a personal thank you from Mark's family for all your kindness, sympathy and obvious fondness of Mark in his too short life. As Bob said, we shall be raising a glass to him on what would have been his special day in March. The awfulness of never being able to speak to him or see him again still is very hard to bear, but knowing that he was so respected and well thought of out there and up in the blue skies is a great comfort. Thank you.
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Old 27th Apr 2009, 19:32
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Missed by all

A great bloke who will always be missed. Great to see such a strong group of friends around him.
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Old 28th May 2009, 13:32
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Just an update (see above)

Paul James reached the summit of Mount Everest on the night of Thursday 21st May. Mark's cork now resides permanently at FL290, buried under a rock right at the very top.

If you would like to acknowledge Paul's extraordinary achievement, he is raising money for Cancer Research UK. If you haven't been there already:

Paul's page at Just Giving:
www.justgiving.com/pauljameseverest

The full story:
http://www.pprune.org/where-they-now...everest-2.html


On Paul's behalf, thank you to everyone for their most generous donations and also to CP Geoff for publicising Paul's achievement within Virgin Atlantic. My estimate is that Geoff's efforts have resulted in an extra 2000!
Bob

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Old 3rd Jun 2009, 22:01
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... and here are the remarkable summit photos:

Bob Harris's Photos - Paul James conquers Everest, 22nd May 2009 | Facebook
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Old 5th Jun 2009, 15:03
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Captain Mark Naylor, A true gent in all ways, will be missed by anyone who knew him. Rest in peace.
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Old 5th Jun 2009, 19:17
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Angel

Yes Mark was a wonderful person and a great friend to me.....in fact tonight I was in a wine bar in Reigate telling a friend about the "Cork" from Marks Special bottle of wine now on the TOP OF EVEREST.....very fitting!!!
I spent a very squiffy evening in the same wine bar with Mark around 10 years ago....discussing both our fates......and how we both had such disastrous love life.....we always used to laugh when we met up.....and I was so happy that Mark was very happy in his love life when he unfortunately passed away.....I will never forget Mark.....he was a unique Gentleman and a very special person.....I was fortunate to have known him for about 25years.....and even though we didnt meet up that often...it was great fun when we did............and I will miss him greatly.....bye Mark xxxx
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Old 17th Apr 2011, 12:58
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3 years on

Hello again.

Mark died three years ago today so I thought I would bring him back to the top.

Coincidentally, I made a rare visit to Gatwick yesterday and spotted what I think was possibly Virgin's first twinjet, an A330-300. Bearing in mind Mark's intention never ever to fly anything with less than four engines, I thought that this was somewhat poignant!

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Old 26th Apr 2011, 16:41
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Mark was an example to us all.

A true Gent.
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Old 16th Sep 2011, 19:46
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Fond Memories

Hello Bob
I was really touched to see that you remembered Mark's anniversary - thank yo u for bringing him to the top. I am logged in at the moment because Justin, my husband, has just lost his father, Pete Thorn, who is also being remembered in many ways here on PPRuNe. All the old wounds are reopened at times like this, and new ones added in this case.
Hope you are keeping well and thank you again for all you did for Mark.
Best wishes, Alison (Mark's sister)
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Old 27th Sep 2011, 18:00
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Is it that long?

I am reading old emails from Mark tonight and cannot believe the time has gone so fast since he passed. He was a great friend to so many, and I am lucky to have enjoyed his company so much. I would like to reproduce a poem (just HAD to be written by a pilot) that appeared in the ALPA magazine a few years back. Makes me chuckle and think of Mark.

Rory - [email protected]

FLYING WEST

I hope there's a place, way up in the sky
Where pilots can go when they have to die.
A place where a guy could buy a cold beer
For a friend and a comrade whose memory is dear.
A place where no doctor or lawyer could tread,
Nor a management-type would ever be caught dead!
Just a quaint little place, kind of dark, full of smoke,
Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke.
The kind of a place that a lady could go
And feel safe and secure by the men she would know.

There must be a place where old pilots go,
When their wings become heavy, when their airspeed gets low,
Where the whiskey is old, and the women are young,
And songs about flying and dying are sung.
Where you'd see all the fellows who'd 'flown west' before,
And they'd call out your name, as you came through the door,
Who would buy you a drink, if your thirst should be bad,
And relate to the others, "He was quite a good lad!"

And there, through the mist, you'd spot an old guy
You had not seen in years, though he'd taught you to fly.
He'd nod his old head, and grin ear to ear
And say, "Welcome, my Son, I'm proud that you're here!
For this is the place where true flyers come
When the battles are over, and the wars have been won.
They've come here at last, to be safe and alone,
From the government clerk, and the management clone;
Politicians and lawyers, the Feds, and the noise,
Where all hours are happy, and these good ol' boys
Can relax with a cool one, and a well deserved rest!
This is Heaven, my Son. You've passed your last test!"


Captain Michael J. Larkin, TWA (Ret.), 'Air Line Pilot' magazine, February 1995
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Old 12th Apr 2012, 07:49
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I had the very great pleasure of taking Mark's Sister, Alison, to JFK yesterday on his favourite type, the 744. It was delightful to receive one of his business cards in the Flight Deck and the following hour was spent remembering times spent in his company. A true Gentleman and sadly missed.
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Old 12th Apr 2013, 23:22
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Keeping Mark at the top

Well, 17th April is approaching and that of course is the 5th anniversary of Mark's untimely death - time then to get Mark back to the top for a little while.

Appropriately, I'll be with some of Mark's closest friends in Hong Kong shortly afterwards and I've no doubt that we'll down a bottle or two of good French red in his honour.

Sadly we seem to have lost contact with Mark's partner - if you are reading this, we are missing you!

Until the 10th anniversary then...
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Old 15th Apr 2013, 13:03
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Have you considered that perhaps she has moved on and would rather not be E Mailed?
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Old 15th Apr 2013, 13:42
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Millerscourt, I think that you are absolutely correct but it's probably more complicated than that - and I suggest that we leave it at that. We do miss her though.

Oilhead, thanks, and I'll write to you in a few days.

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Old 17th Apr 2013, 23:47
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Okay Mark, if I haven't joined you by then, I'll bring you back to the top in 2018.
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