Gus Wing

Lydia Wing c/o Skydive Deland
1600 Flightline Dr. Deland, FL 32724

Our condolences and prayers to Gus' family.  Although we didn't personally know Gus, we can see that he was a great guy by the lives he touched. 

It's great to see the "skydiving family" comes together at times like this.

Kurt and Linda Lewis


Deepest condolences for your loss

Blue skies
A fellow skydiver

Si Atkins

I met Gus at a friends wedding a few years ago. I enjoyed talking with him about his passion.  I've thought about jumping a few times in the past, but have never made the effort. He was very encouraging. I have a lot of respect for him and am thankful that I had the opportunity to meet him. You could tell that he enjoyed what he did, a gift from God.

-May God bless his family and friends during these difficult times.
He loves us all more than we can imagine.

Rick Blount II

Dear Lydia,

I arrived Monday to visit clients. Depart Friday at noon, otherwise I would be with you in Deland.
Needless to say, when I heard of the accident yesterday, at the office, I was rendered speechless.
I shall prefer to share my thoughts in ink, however, wanted to let you know my prayers and heartfelt sorrow are hugging you all.
Based on my recollections of your descriptions of Gus and my viewings of these pictures, it is ever so clear how blessed you were to know this man.

God bless and take care.....

Dear Lydia,

You and I met briefly in Deland while I was passing through in 2001. You probably don't remember me. Previously I spent three seasons in Deland from 92 to 95. Gus was my neighbour a few doors down. Gus was absolutely awesome. I spent a lot of very happy times with him. Even though we hadn't spoken since a few years he is part of the people that make my Deland memories special.

Sunday afternoon I was in my living room in France, listening to the news on Johannesburg's 5 FM radio via internet (I am South African) when the terrible accident was mentionned.

I was and am totally shattered; the inimaginable has happened and I am sorry for all who must now suffer this loss.

My heartfelt condolences to you, Lydia, and also to Bob Hallett and the pilot involved who must be suffering terribly. I will not be in Deland on Friday but all my thoughts and energy will be with all of you.


The sad news reached me early Saturday morning, I was stunned and num. The sadness of the loss is starting to replace the state of denial. I will forever miss his happy, friendly and laid back personality, his simple words of wisdom. It will be strange to not be able to see the friendly man with the camera on his head, always dressed in a red and white jumpsuit covered with ducktape. I probably will never look at ducktape quite the same way again  My heart goes out to you Lydia, as I know the devistation you must feel right now too well. I am greatfull for all those years I have been able to call Gus my friend.

Thanks for everything Gus, your memory will for always be inprinted in our mind.

Love Kristin Fossnes,

I never meet Gus But I have seen his work and from what I read and heard about him he seems like someone that everyone who jumps should have known him. My heart goes out tho all his friends and family.

Blue skies...

Fausto Olivo

Photo by Gus Wing

I'm so touched by this beautiful tribute. I only met Gus once, when a group of friends went to Deland for our first tandem.  Gus was the one who put you at ease, with light conversation, laughs, and sincere smiles. He was always concentrated on capturing the whole experience on film. Three of us went up together along with Gus, who filmed my friend's jump. Wow! What a ride...we each left that day with our own video. The one Gus shot was by far, the best. Thanks for the gift and the memory.

The photo is Dejan Popovic on his 1st tandem, shot by Gus. Thanks for everything Gus!

Blue Skies forever,
Patti Justice, Dejan Popovic, & Dejan Marinovic

I met Gus just about 3 weeks ago here at COMP-USA in Altamonte Springs, FL. I work in Business Sales Department and Gus was looking for a printer to start to sell some of his Photos He had taken during his many dives.He seemed so excited to share his work with others.

I was devestated when I was helping another customer just yesterday and used Gus as an example to sell the same printer He was looking at. She said, "You did not hear the horrible news?" I had not seen the story on the news. I immediately went to my desk and pulled out the busines card He had handed to me just 3 weeks ago. I remember Gus was truely excited to find just the right printer to give his potential customers the best quality photograhs.

He was the kindest man I probably have ever met and I could tell He was a wonderful family man. He pointed out and said , "This is My Wife Lydia on my Business Card, She is a Sky Dancer."

When I first met Gus , He looked like your average guy looking for a printer but, by the end of our conversation I knew He was someone special who loved his work. I had thought about skydiving but, was always afraid. I asked gus, Just how safe is it to skydive?", He replied, "There were a few times when I thought I wasn't going to make it but it was in God's hands. You just have to triple check your equipment..Safety First" He comforted me and my thougths about skydiving and maybe one day I will have the nerve to just do it. When I do I will be thinking of Gus, the Guy who came into my store with the glasses, hip pack, and a great smile and attitude towards life and just living it one day at a time.

Gus, I only knew you for that short visit in my store but, I will remember you forever....your family and friends are in my prayers today and always....Your friend,

Brian E. Lewanewsky

To my friends in Deland and wherever you are, I feel the shock and am hurting with you. Gus is the big constant in my memories, reliable friend, able artist; he was ..Gus

Fiona Brittion

We only met Gus once, when we both came to Deland for our first tandem jumps.  What an incredible job he did of welcoming us, putting us at ease, and enhancing our total experience.  Gus filmed my wife's jump and one thing that I remember was the relationship that we seemed to have with him for that short time.  Our lives were in the hands of our tandem partners, and they were great, but it was with Gus that our bonds were made. He was that kind of person.

So the only real thing to say is the maxim that Gus made a part of our everyday lives...BLUE SKIES. 

Gus, you will be missed.
Don & Renee Dyess

Gus Wing Wind Tunnel Photo Bodyflight AG

Thank you for all of the wonderful contributions in Gus's honor. It is my priveledge to carry your messages to Lydia, immediate & extended family. So many of you have found this site to be comforting, and so have I.

I still can't figure out what to say.. I am usually so wordy.. but my feelings are still to raw...  I will see many of you on Friday.

These lyrics seem so appropriate now...                    - Dawn

Green Day (Time of your Life)

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth it was worth all the while

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

I remember Gus from the heady days of 80, 81, 82.  Gus and Pink Floyd were the usual videographers at Z-hills, and when my buddies and me went down Gus would be going up on at least half our dives shooting, just in the hopes that someone might buy something. Of course, I was a poor college student at the time and buying pictures wasn't exactly high on my priority list, somewhere lower than jumping, eating and drinking, anyway, so I never got one of his pictures of us.

But when I look back now from a quarter century later and remember (somewhat wistfully) those times when anything seemed possible, Gus is a part of that vision. We hadn't seen each other in over 20 years, but it hurt when I heard it.

Blue skies
Rob "Skypuppy" Price

Lydia, Family and Friends

You have our prayers and we will continue to celebrate Gus's life.

I got into freefall camera work in 1992, I first met Gus I was awestruck. I was meeting Gus Wing. Gus didn't know me but he acted like he was a good friend. He was very kind and funny. Since then everytime I saw Gus it was a warm greeting a smile and a hand shake. We lost a great one. We will miss him.

God Bless You!
Mike and Kristin Green Skydive Video Productions


Can't imagine the loss. We love you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tony and Margie

My family and I had never even met Gus, but as the sister of Lydia's father, Martin, living in South Africa, we send our deepest condolences to Lydia, Gus' mother and brothers and Martin, Jeanette, Johan, Sarah and little Colin.  Reading through all the tributes it strikes me that he was the most wonderful human being; kind, generous with his time, thoughtful and concerned for others constantly. May he rest safely with his Creator now and be at peace forever. Lydia, words cannot express our sadness for you in your loss.  May all his family know the deep comfort of God in this time of shock and sorrow.

Our prayers will be with everyone at Deland on Friday.
All our love,
Thea, Alan and family

Fond memories of a GREAT MAN! 
Sorrow at the loss.
Friend of my Friend you will be remembered.

Carol & Richard Bryant

Though I have never met him in life, I only know Gus through this site and my friends. It seems a loss not to have known him and a blessing that he has moved so many.  I know that I have been touched by the many blessings and thoughts found on these pages, and wanted to express how I wish I had a chance to meet this great human being.  One person who makes so many friends is the richest person in the world.

Lynn Dunn

It must be 15 years since I last met Gus, at the Zhills drop zone where I lived then, but his voice still rings clearly in my head and my heart! My life has taken me other directions since then, but the people, the smiles, the love, will be with me for my entire life. And now my eyes fill up with tears and my heart with pain! No matter how many years, how many miles - all you people still seem like only an arms' length away from me! I can still taste that piece of cake you gave me, Gus (his Mum used to send him care packages og cake and other goodies in the mail!) and see your unimitable smile! I love you, Gus and I love you all, my old friends from yesteryear and this moment and forever!

Lena Furberg


  Words, cannnot express how grateful the two of us are, to have had the honor of working with and getting to know you, over the past 16 months, here, at Skydive DeLand..You were always quick to pass a gentle smile on, that seemed to be so contagious and always, found time to give praise, where praise was due...It won't be the same without you...Your kindness, smile & spirit, will forever, be right here, with us....Thank you for that!

Always in our hearts,
Scott & Christine

This is my third contribution to this site, but I just remembered my favorite Gus story, told to me by Gus himself.

When Gus and I learned to jump, everyone started out on round canopies. After Gus got off student status, he wanted a square. Being a poor UVA student he did not have the money, so he asked his parents for money to buy a square parachute. To which his mother replied "what on earth do you want with a square pair of shoes?" Beer came out of my nose on that one.

Mike Moran

Hi, I've never met Gus, but got to know Lydia because she had me paint the celestial suns for their rigs. We are so sad, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Wings' loved ones.

Paul & Marianne Koch
Orlando, Florida

Blue Skies my friend. 


This week the world of skydiving lost one of it's finest.

Blue Skies forever

My thought and prayers are with you! I met Gus many years ago. I have enjoyed his work throughout the years. Its hard to imagine that he's gone! To all his family remember he's still flying just at a new home.

peace and love

Rev. brew

Lydia - although I haven't seen much of you since the PSI days, it is upsetting when something like this happens to someone you know.  I'm truly sorry for your loss.

Take care of yourself
Steve Cobert

I didn't know Gus but after reading all the wonderful things about him, I had to send in my prayers for his family and friends.

Blue Skies Gus!
Wendy Ekstrom

Just a note from Patti Johnson's sister-in-law in Ohio... I live in Medina, OH - about 30 mi. S. of Cleveland, OH  we learned of this tragedy on the national news and knowing Patti Johnson and my brother Dave Heyburn live in Edgewater and that Patti skydives I paid special attention to this new report about "Gus".  Please let his wife and family know that we are praying for them.  Loss is never easy. We did not know Gus but Patti Johnson spoke very highly of him.  Until we all meet again in heaven someday we will keep Gus' family in our prayers.

Karen Donovan - Medina, OH

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