Long-time PAMA friend Eugene (Gene) C. Breiner, passed away on Aug 7 at the age of 92.
Upon his passing, his daughter Joyce Breiner found what is believed to be one of the first PAMA banners among his belongings (seen pictured, below). The handmade felt flag was likely made as early as 1969, when Gene was an FAA maintenance inspector in Richmond.
According to his daughter, Gene created the banner with the help of a commercial artist and family friend, on the floor of the friend's home outside of Richmond.
The family is eager to hear of Gene’s role in PAMA’s creation and during its infancy. All are encouraged to provide information, share memories and offer condolences in the comments below.
A private gathering is planned for August with a public Celebration of Life on October 20, 2018, at the Bermudian Valley Airpark in Kralltown, PA. For more information and to RSVP for the service, visit the eVite.com announcement. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial aviation scholarship is being planned and will be announced soon.
The following edited version of Gene’s obituary is provided in remembrance:
Eugene (Gene) C. Breiner, 92, passed away quietly and peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at his home in Newville, Pennsylvania after a long illness. He was clear headed to the end, sharing stories from the depth and breadth of his lifetime during his final weeks.
The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance is now accepting applications for 2019 awards and scholarships. Applications must be submitted online by Nov. 1.
Last year, AWAM awarded $140,000 in scholarships to 30 recipients. With the assistance of corporate sponsors, this program continues to grow to support the industry and the needs of the future.
Scholarship opportunities are not only for initial students or women. Many are for those already working in the field, transitioning from the military, and for men as well.
For more information and to apply, visit http://www.awam.org/scholarships/.