Harry A. Duckworth Jr., 82, of Williamsburg, Va., died Thursday after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Leah.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Harry A. and Marion Rice Duckworth. He attended Scranton Country Day School and Wyoming Seminary and graduated from Scranton Central High School. He earned his private pilot's license at the age of 16 and went on to establish a career in aviation that spanned more than 50 years. He held an airline transport pilot rating as well as multi-engine land and sea plane and glider ratings, an A&E mechanic's license and a variety of instructor's ratings. He instructed student pilots, flew charters and managed fixed base operations before hiring on as a test pilot for Bell Laboratories in White Sands, N.M.; and Kwajalein atoll in the Pacific as part of the Nike-Zeus Anti-missile Missile Project. He served as chief pilot for Scranton Airways and for International Salt Co. and as line captain for American Enka Co. and for BASF Corp.
He is also survived by a daughter Linda McAndrew, Dalton; five sons, Richard, Waterbury, Vt.; Randy, Clarks Summit; James, Dalton; John, Midland, Va.; and Matthew, New Kent, Va.; as well as by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Harry A Duckworth III.
A memorial service will be May 11 at 2 p.m. at Queen's Lake Club, where family and friends are invited to gather to celebrate his life.