LANCASTER Clyde "Cal" Audrey Lancaster, Jr., 69, of DeLand, passed away Thursday night peacefully at home with his family. Born in Birmingham, Ala., he grew up in Hialeah and signed up for the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He flew F-8s off an aircraft carrier, earning the nickname "Boomer," for his love of breaking the sound barrier at low altitudes. He was decorated for being wounded in combat. He became a pilot for Eastern Air Lines, just like his father, and later flew for United Airlines, retiring in 2003 as an Airbus A320 Captain. After his retirement, he became devoted to restoring a World War II torpedo bomber at the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum and became the museum's president in 2012, spearheading an effort to build a new hangar. He was a wonderful husband, father and "pop-pop." Survivors include: wife Patricia, of DeLand; sons, Patrick Clyde Lancaster, of Tampa, also a pilot, and Byron Lancaster, of Tampa; daughter, Cory Lancaster, of DeLand; sister, Nancy Mlekodaj, of Kingston, Tenn.; brother, Bob Lancaster, of Madison, Fla.; four grandsons; nieces, nephews, grand nephews and grand nieces. There will be a small family service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum, 910 Biscayne Blvd., DeLand, FL 32724.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2013