Remembering Our Friend Don
Air Bahama 1968
Bill McDonald, Margie Ave
Torres, Tex Davis, Ev Terry
Don Torres & Karen Fawkes
Air Bahama pilots
Don Torres & Jake Jacobs
Joan Armali & Fran Ballard
JD Stone & Don Torres
Photo by David Stone
Air Bahama Pilot
TO THE FOND AND LOVING MEMORY OF DON
Air Bahama pilot Don Torres passed away on Tuesday
September 11, 2007. He died peacefully in hospital.
Don was a person loved by everybody and we all
remember the sunny days in Florida summer of 1968
when best pals Jake (John) Jacobs and Don were
pilots with Air Bahama welcoming in their house
in Miami all the new Air Bahama stewardesses,
freshly winged and graduated with Aer Lingus
Dublin Ireland to fly passengers on the Luxembourg -
Nassau Bahamas route inaugurated July 20, 1968.
Margie Ave was one of those stewardesses, the rest
is sweet history.
Our lives changed completely in different ways flying
for Air Bahama and other airlines, many other Air
Bahama crew tied the knot and got married.
Margie & Don, Anne & Gary Cash, Jannie & Joe Gorrill,
Helene & Dick Lassiter, Eva & Jake Jacobs, Tempi &
Arlette Hutchinson, Vivian Theis & Sture Cedergren,
Lena Granquist married Brian Wright from the Virgin
Islands, to name some, flyers and civilian both.
Many of us had the immense pleasure of seeing Don
and Margie at the crew reunion hosted by Air Bahama
sponsor Leo Antognoli at the Hotel Italia in
Luxembourg in the summer of 2000.
Margie and Don together with family loved to go on
ship cruises together in the Caribbean and recently
moved from the Florida Keys to Homestead FL,
to be closer to family.
Margie and Don have led a great life together and
Don will be greatly missed by all family and friends
and colleagues at Air Bahama Crew Webring. Don
carried his late yearsī sickness bravely and spent
hours in the gym to get stronger. Margie stood
lovingly by his side, always flying full time as
cabin crew now with Delta. Margie showed in her
daily deeds her love for Don and he adored her.
This brings tears to my eyes and itīs a consolement
Don suffers no more.
Donīs aviation career spanned from US Air Force to
Executive Jet in Columbus Ohio, International Air
Bahama and Air Jamaica. He was a fine pilot and a
professional flyer greatly missed by all who knew him.
Donīs memory will always live in our hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Margie and family.
Margie lost the love of her life. Life takes us thru
the greatest happiness and the greatest sorrow.
Wide my Ocean - Wide my Grief
Air Bahama Luxembourg July 2000 reunion
Your Memory Lives Within Us
OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES
Our hearfelt condolences go out to Margie, her
great loss is shared by us.
Only the other day Paul and I were reminiscing
with Radio Luxembourg discjockey of 1968 Mark
Wesley about the Luxembourg days, the evenings
we spent with Don and Jake at the Italia and
the fun we had!
Much love from Nicole (Krettels) and
Paul Burnett, Camberley, Surrey,
Claudine and Nicole - friends forever
REMEMBERING DONīS SMILE
My sincere condolences to Margie and Family.
I will say a prayer for Margie and family,
God bless them all. Don was a nice person,
I will remember his smile.
Much love from Diane Wildgoose
Freeport, Grand Bahama
MARGIE, MY DEAR MARGIE
I had left Port Everglades Tuesday evening on a ship
as I am getting tired of the airport security
foolishness, and on arrival at Nassau the following
morning, Yvonne greeted me with the very sad news of
Dons' passing ... You were there for me in Miami back
in Nov'98 when my father passed away and I wish to
God that I could be there with you now to help you in
the same way, with the same serene and sincere kindness
that you gave me at a most difficult part of my life.
Now I really feel a great loss and sadness that I am
unable to return your extreme kindness. Your trait
that is totally unequalled in every facet of life.
May you continue to have the same strength of courage
to continue on your charted course of life. There are
many family and friends in life that you can call on,
and me at any time. I doubt that I could have managed
that night in Miami without you by my side, it seemed
that fate was there for me in you, and I have learnt
along the years that time really does heal the wound
and the hurt and I truely hope that it does the same
for you. Don never wanted you to be sad.....put on
that great happy face and be strong for the future.
With much love and affection
from Ian Mortemore, Nassau Bahamas
I REMEMBER THOSE HAPPY DAYS
I remember those happy days visiting you and Don at
Love Beach, the kind gestures shown to my son Neil
and most of all the love and laughter that always
surrounded you both. The happy layovers in Luxembourg
when we shared meals and great conversations.
Margie, my heart felt condolences and I know that
our heavenly father will give you the strength to
bear this grief too especially knowing that Don is
well and at peace now. Condolences from the Air Bahama
family in the Bahamas.
With much Love from Yvonne
MARGRETH SNORRADOTTIR JOHNSON
PARADISE ISLAND NASSAU BAHAMAS
Dear Margie, Please accept my sincere condolences on
the passing of Don. It was only a few days ago that
I was looking at a photo of you and Don on the
IAB website and thinking about the "good old days".
May God give you the strength to get through this
With Love, Margret
HELENE FALK BROWNSON
BEVERLY HILLS CA US
Such very sad news about Don. I am thinking a lot of Margie
and will write her. She was so sweet the few times we flew
together. I have not been able to attend earlier Air Bahama
reunions and hope the next one will be fitting my travel
schedule. I will advise later on when I learn the dates
details. (A special personal condolence has been
sent to Margie from Helene.)
Greetings from Helene
ROSE-MARIE "PADDY" WILDGOOSE & FAMILY,
My family and I send our heartfelt condolences.
We pray that the Heavenly Father will comfort
and hold you in his Pavillion until the storm
passes over. And this too shall pass. We pray
also for the family of Don. That they will be
blessed with a peace that passes all
understanding. The Heavenly Father never let's
us walk alone. You are in our thoughts.
OLIVE ROLLE SCHNEIDER, LUXEMBOURG BRUSSELS
It is with great sadness I hear of the passing of Don Torres.
Deepest felt condolences to Margie. I had the pleasure of
seeing Margie and Don at the Luxembourg reunion in July 2000.
Margie, I wish you strength and courage in the hardest of times.
Condolences from my family.
ADELA ADDERLEY OSTERLOH NASSAU BAHAMAS
I emailed Margie my condolences, it is so very very sad that
Don isīt here any more. He was one of the pilots in our earliest
memories of flying with Air Bahama. I am so grateful to have
seen him in Luxembourg at the reunion in July 2000 at the
Hotel Italia and when I saw him I asked him how was he feeling
and he said "I feel ok now, itīs so nice to see you all again".
I was truly touched and I feel so good to have had that opportunity.
It was heartwarming like when I saw Bill McDonald, and another
time I met Capt Dick Rogers in Nassau.
DONīS MEMORY LIVES
A great guy is gone.
We will be missing Don.
Heartfelt condolences from
Elisabeth & Uffe,
NETTIE MILLER, SAN FRANCISCO
So sorry to hear about Don. Such sad news.
He was really a fighter and how great he got
to go to Luxembourg and see everyone. My sincere
condolences to Margie & family from
Nettie Miller, San Francisco
GEORGETTE SENDS CONDOLENCES
Margie, please accept our sincere condolences.
It is with tears in my eyes that I think back
of the lovely times we had flying together
and also the last time we met in Luxembourg
at the reunion. What a great person Don was.
Even though we can't be with you at the moment,
ours prayers will be. Margie. be strong and
remember we are all feeling with you.
Love Georgette, Bob and family, Luxembourg /
Ste Maxime France
BEVERLY McKINNEY, FREEPORT NASSAU
My heart is filled condolences to you
Margie on the passing of your beloved
Don. Don was such a nice man, I can
remember his smiles and you and Don
were such a lovely couple. May God
continue to strenghten you in your
hour of bereavement.
YVETTE MOOS PAULETTO - LUXEMBOURG
With great grief Ive heard about Don.
My sincere condolences to Margie and
DOLORES LLEIDA, NASSAU BAHAMAS
My sympathies and thoughts are with you
during this most difficult time.
Be strong! All the Best from Dolores
ROMY BAESENS, FLORIDA
Please accept my sincerest condolences at
the passing of Don. Sending you warms hugs,
Romy aka "Big Bird"
MAJOR NORMAN RICKETTS,BRISTOL ENGLAND
Sincere condolences to Margie and family.
YVETTE MOOS PAULETTO, LUXEMBOURG
Warmest condolences, we will always remember Don.
EVA JACOBS / ROLAND FRANBERG, GOTHENBURG SWEDEN
Heartfelt condolences, Don is always with us.
DIANE MANGEN, LUXEMBOURG
Please accept my sincerest condolences concerning
the loss of your beloved husband.
There are hard days to come and I wish you a lot
of courage. Always think about the wonderful time
you had together. A very warm embrace.
ANGELINA VAN OORTMARSSEN, HOLLAND
Missing Don and sending you my warmest condolences.
SOPHI VANīT HOF V D HEUVEL, LIMBRICHT HOLLAND
It was so sad to hear the bad news,
our thoughts go to you in these hard times.
DANIELE MAYER-ROUSSEAUX, PARIS FRANCE
It is with sadness I learned that Don passed away.
I would like to express my sincere condolences and
deep sympathy to you and your family.
The Final Flight
Đ By Patty L. Hamon
I watched a shooting star
as it raced across the sky.
I was awestruck by it's beauty
in the darkness of the night.
Surrounding it like diamonds,
like tiny twinkling lights,
a million shining brothers
witnessing it's flight.
Sometimes in the evening
I will stand outside my door
and admire the peaceful heavens
and I'll glimpse a shooting star.
I'll wonder at it's glory
and the nature of all things,
at the silence of it's dying
and sweet sadness, it's death brings.
When the angels look down on us
as we go about our lives,
to them, a fleeting moment
like the shooting stars, we spy,
will our passing go unnoticed
into the darkest night?
Will we be a brilliant beacon,
like that star on it's last flight?
Lord, I want to shine that brightly
and like moths drawn to a flame,
bring others to Your mercy
and honor to Your name.
And when my days are finished
may You look upon my life
like a glorious shooting star
as I take my final flight.
Boeing 707-320c N525EJ, 1969
Boeing 707-320c N525EJ, 1969
SOS CHILDREN VILLAGES - SHARE YOUR ABUNDANCE
IN FOND AND LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF ALL FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES
WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US