John Thomas "Tommy" Wanless (1947 - 2018)

  • "Can't help it .. Sure do miss talking to you Tommy"
    - Cynthia Rednall
  • "Tommy was my next door neighbor when we were kids ,,,He was..."
  • "Gone too soon. At least you got to do the fly by on your..."
    - Steve Forsyth
  • "You walked out one winter day years ago from your cabin to..."
    - Vic Fondy
  • "Please accept my condolences on the passing of Tom. We..."
    - Dorothy Larimore

"Sometimes things are bigger than you, and the best you can hope for is to keep your wings level, have patience and a little luck."
John "Tommy" Wanless earned a new set of wings on May 14, 2018. Tommy was born on Jan. 21, 1947, in San Mateo, Calif.
His love of flying airplanes started early in life, and before he had even signed up for ground school, he marched into the office of the CEO of a well known commercial airline and told him he was going to fly for them. His passion for flying brought him to the great state of Alaska. He flew as Captain of several airlines, and he proudly retired as an Alaska Airlines Captain in 2007.
When he arrived to Alaska in 1968, he realized this was the place for him. He loved to hunt and fish with his friends, as well as ride his motorcycle with his faithful companion Roxy. Some of the best times he had was flying his Cessna 185 to his cabin at Chulatna Lake. Tommy also enjoyed playing the game of golf, which led him to trade a few months of the year in Arizona during the long Alaska winters. He left us all with some fun and amazing memories.
He leaves behind a long list of treasured friends, too many to mention; his sister, Marilyn; and brother-in-law, Dennis Hunter. He was preceded in death by his father, Lew Wanless; and mother, Mary Wanless.
A special thanks to his very close friend, Jim "Jake" Jacobsen, who has been a great support throughout his friendship with Tommy, especially the last few months.
A celebration of life for Tommy will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Collin Szymanski and Dave Brown's hangar at 1931 Merrill Field Drive, hangar D-4.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 10 to July 12, 2018