I remember my first job after leaving the Navy in 1980 was a security guard at EAA. Just prior to the convention we had a meeting and "Pope Paul" came in and spoke to the group. This job eventually lead me into my current career as a security professional. Nine years later I was working at Oshkosh Truck as a security guard when Mr. Poberezny buzzed the guard shack during his approach to the runway at Wittman Field. I learned then that this was an almost weekly occurrence on Saturdays and I loved to watch him fly over. Mr. Poberezny seemed like a regular guy who had time for the little people.
I met him for 5 min at Airventure 2006 and he acted like he had known me for years. Me a nobody, he a legend, but it didn't matter. I walked away thinking what a nice man that guy is. I am sorry he's gone but he had a great life and was very well loved by many. I am happy for him.
May God remember him personally. (Malachi3:16)
Take comfort in the promise God gives us, that one day,
no resident will say "I am sick" but all can look forward
to the opportunity to live forever. (John 17:3)
Dear Audrey, Tom, Bonnie and Family,
My deepest sympathy in the passing of Paul.
I have such wonderful memories from working at EAA,and enjoyed my time with all of you while you were based in Franklin. I recently visited with Mary and we talked about working @ EAA and the great times we all shared.
May all the wonderful memories bring you peace,comfort and harmony. May God Bless you all.
Karen (Jensen) Weyand
Hearing the roar of jets soaring today near the EAA grounds it gave me goose bumps to think of the great loss our community has had with the passing of Paul and what he has done for the spirit of aviation and the State of Wisconsin since his arrival. Paul literally and figuratively took our eldest son under his wing for the past 3 decades sharing his enthusiasm for aviation and life. Wether it was teaching him how to build a wooden wing rib in the airplane factory to final conversation at AirVenture 13. Truly a man among men that never let his celebrity get in the way of his relationships and kind nature. When the sounds of AirVenture start out next summer there will be a huge loss on the grounds and in the hearts of many. Our condolences to the Poberezny and the EAA family. We have lost a true hero. May he rest in peace. The Tom Boyson family.
In 1952 my dad took me over to Franklin and (Carl)Schultz's 66 Service to see if I could get a job there. I remember the evenings when Paul and 5 or 6 other guys would sit around and discuss airplanes. A year or so later they would write the EAA by-laws in Carl's (EAA 2) kitchen. Bob Nolinski (EAA3) would would do the newsletter, and I would pick them up and deliver them to the post office. About that time I bought Audrey's 1941 Chevy coupe from Paul, and he recruited me into the 128th Fighter SQ Air National guard in 1953. Paul was a remarkable man and was fun to be around. He once invited me to take ride in a P-51 but the mission was scrubbed at the last minute. We'll miss you, Paul. Thanks for the memories and all you've done for aviation.
My condolences and gratitudes to Audrey, Tom and family.
Ron Vandenboom, (Franksville, Wi EAA 15)
I attended the Chapter Leader's Workshop in January 2009 and got an opportunity to go to Paul's "office" and see his memorabilia, and talk with him. He impressed me with his love of aviation and his obvious love of people. He even looke a little like my deceased father, who loved aviation as well, and reminded me of him.
He will always be an inspiration to me. Thanks Paul!
i used to work at eaa in the early 70's when it was still in frankling. paul and his wife are very special people. paul was great to work for and always had a smile and nice word for every one. he will be greatly missed and i'll remember him forever.
Thank you Paul for your love and dedication to flight. A general aviation pilot.
My husband and I were such fans of the Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team that Rick built an Eagles pedal plane for our Son. What an inspiration Mr. Poberezny was. Blessing to his family.
May your wings be level and your visibility unlimited.
Go fly with the angels, my winged friend!
I know no one who done more for Aviation than Paul. My old Friends Dave Adams, and Chris Glantz from the Bluelick Flying Club were Members
It is hard to convey just how central a role Paul and EAA have played in the lives of the Whittiers over the course of the past 60 years. I write on behalf of all of us, including Bob, to express our deepest condolences to Paul's family, and to offer heartfelt thanks for a lifetime of happy memories. None of our lives would have been the same without him, and he will be sorely missed.
As an Airplane nut myself I feel a kinship. ----Rest in peace my Friend !
I knew Paul through my father, Bob Whittier, who was an early EAA member and wrote for EAA publications for decades. The two men were the same age (Paul was less than a year older than Dad) and they shared many interests and opinions. I had a brief conversation with Paul at Oshkosh in 2012, now just over a year ago. I passed along my Dad's best wishes to Paul and in turn passed Paul's regards to Dad. Paul liked to say that he was a millionaire because he had a million friends; Paul will be missed by those million.
I grew up going to Rockford, then Oshkosh. Getting to see Paul himself was an honor every year. In 2004 my dad was inducted into EAA Hall of Fame and Paul gave us a great tour of all his hangars, ending a great day with Rum & Coke & Paul, Great Guy & A Great Life! Jim Whittier & Family
You were such a great man, Paul. You will be greatly missed by myself and many others. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.
Audrey and Family
I can't express how sad I am to hear of Paul's passing. Flying with him was truly one of the major highlights of my life. Paul always had time to say hi and talk to me and my family no matter how busy he was. Audrey you have my deepest sympathy I will truly miss him.
Paul changed aviation history for the better and he will always be remembered by those who love to build and fly home built aircraft.
Thanks for giving form and meaning to the passon for flight we all share. May your new wings serve you well.
We've lost a good one... and a Vet! Now he can reach up and touch the face of God! Chelsey Abrams, Mt. Shasta, ca.
TO: the Poberezny Family and friends, All suffering soon to end. The human family has suffered greatly from wars, proverty, disasters, crime, injstice, sickness,and death. the question is will this ever end? THE COMFORTING ANSWER IS YES,gOD:S WORD TELL US THIS AT PHALM 37:10,11,&29 PLEASE READ THOSE COMFORING VERSES.
Outstanding man, who lived an outstanding life. Thanks for everything, Paul. You made a tremendous difference.
Paul, Thank you for everything you did for aviation, but more importantly, for what you did for the people of aviation community. Godspeed PHP.
Truly the loss of a legend. My sincerest condolences to all who knew him.
What a wonderful contribution & legacy Mr. Poberezny has shared with us all.
Fly on Paul.You have touched the face of God,and given us all memories that will never been forgotten.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
My sympathy to Tom and the Poberezny family. I like to think of my dad and yours hanging out in that big hangar telling skydiving and flying stories. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers....Kathie Duell Fraederich
Thank you Paul for all you have done to help the average person reach their personal dreams of flight...
From Hales Corner to Oshkosh. A friend who will be missed, but never forgotten...
The EAA and aviation has lost a great man. Paul was the founder of sport aviation and a friend to all who loved flying. Even those of us who did not fly but kept them safe have lost a great friend. Even after the strike in 81 Paul remained a friend to me after time had passed. Soar high friend the weather is just perfect for flying!
Thanks, Paul. Blue skies and tailwinds.
My sympathy to Audrey, Tom, & Bonnie. I recall the very early days in the Hales Corners area, starting at the house, and progressing to the small building at 11311 Forest Home Avenue, before relocating to Oshkosh. Paul was a terrific personality, and had a wonderful family that always had a smile on their faces.
Nick Chapel - U S Postal Service, retired.
I have many memories working with Paul in the airplane factory. He was special in ways the masses will not know. His quiet compassion as well as the desire for perfection allowed him to become the legend.
Thanks for everything Paul.
God bless you and your loved ones ~ Rest in peace.
God Bless Paul and the entire EAA family. He is the reason many of us found the passion for aviation. Oshkosh and the rest of EAA will miss you always.
Paul was a man of generous spirit. He wrote a wonderful endorsement for my book, though he never met me in person. But because he had been a flight instructor for the Civilian Pilot Training Program, "They Flew Proud" spoke to him.
From another "old, but not bold", pilot....RIP Paul. Condolences to your family.
Paul will be missed by all as you never knew when eh would stop for a chat with the volunteer workers during the convention. He was a people person.
in God's care rest in peace
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
To Paul's family:
May he rest in peace. God bless.
Mr. Poberezny was always a great inspiration to me. I always loved seeing him in his P-64. I grew up a few blocks from gen. Mitchel field, and was able to participate in the EAA airshow as a skydiver, with the sky knights sport parachute club. Meeting him was a great moment in my life. He will be missed. Fly on sir, fly on!
Didn't know Paul personally, but knew of him thru EAA! My sympathy goes out to hi friends and family.
Condolences to the Poberezny family. I'm very sorry for your loss but congratulations to Paul for an amazing life, fully lived.
Farewell Paul, your can finally stay in the clouds. You will be missed.
Please accept my sympathy for your loss. May all be comforted by the wonderful promise: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. Neither mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
My condolences to the Poberezny family. May you find comfort from God's word recorded at Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 regarding the loss of your loved one.
Paul Poberezny, my good friend and Korea War buddy. Just heard you filed your last flight plan. I'll soon be in trail, don't know whether I will catch up. You founded and made EAA a great organization. So long "Poop-Deck", God Bless.
Ray Tagge EAA#293
Lt. Colonel, USAF (ret.)
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow, RIP, Paul from Nick & Nancy Laslo.
Godspeed, old friend! Yours was a life well and truly lived. You will be missed.