Carl F. Bury - SAVANNAH - Carl F. Bury died peacefully on May 31, 2013, at his home. He was born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, January 9, 1932, and moved around the country in his early years with his family as his father followed job opportunities in high steel construction. He graduated from the Hamburg, NY High School in 1949, and attended the New York Technical Institute in Alfred, NY, for two years. During his summers off from high school and college, he worked in a brickyard by day and a steel mill at night, learning what he did not want to do for the rest of his life. In his off hours, he pursued the attention of his future wife, Marion, who he married in 1952. He joined the Army in 1951, graduating from Artillery OCS at Ft Sill, Oklahoma, and serving in Germany until his release from active duty. Carl completed college at Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma, with a BA in Marketing in 1955 after returning from the Army. Carl joined Kaiser Aluminum in 1955 in Chicago in Industrial Sales. He spent his business career in the aluminum industry with Kaiser Aluminum; Magnode Products; Alloys and Chemicals, Cleveland; and finally as President of the CF Bury Co. until his retirement to Savannah and The Landings. Carl enjoyed golf, fly fishing, baseball, travel and reading, but his particular passion (aside from ice cream and perfect manhattans) was flying. He began his flying lessons in 1968, and ultimately earned his commercial pilot certificate and an instrument rating. He flew throughout the country for business and pleasure, first in a Cessna 206 and later in a Cessna 210, and excelled in aerobatic flying. He founded Five B Aviation as a distributor of the Pitts Special aerobatic aircraft. He was a member of The Quiet Birdmen, Akron Hanger, and the Tiger Club, England, and was a life member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was Vice President and then President of the EAA's International Aerobatic Club for a total of five years during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he helped to make it the pre-eminent aerobatic organization in the United States. Carl also served as the EAA's Corporate Secretary for a number of years and was on EAA Boards for 23 years, retiring as Director Emeritus in 2008. His interest in aviation transformed his life and the lives of his family. Flying was more than a hobby; it was the activity that bound the family together. His passion for flying inspired each of his sons to pursue carriers in aviation. Carl was a self-starter with boundless energy and a stellar work ethic. Once he set his mind on a task, he accomplished it; he never made excuses. He had a great sense of humor and was always ready with a good story. He was loyal to his many friends across the country and around the world, and above all else he loved his family. He is survived by his wife Sharon Singstock Bury; son Mark W Bury and grandchildren Matthew and Nicholas of Montgomery Village, Maryland; grandchildren Nathan and Amelia Bury of Beavercreek, Ohio; and C. Buddy Bury, Esq., his beloved Westie (woof). Carl was predeceased by wife Marion (Burley) and sons Carl David Bury and Eric Ralph Bury, parents Carl and Anna (Roberts) Bury, and sister Virginia Kennedy Bury. Memorial Service will be at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church on June 15 at 11:00 AM. Remembrances to the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church Music Ministry; Hospice Savannah; and the Humane Society of Greater Savannah. Please sign our on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News June 12, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News on June 12, 2013