Gus Wing

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

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Sorry for my english (from Québec),

J'ai eu quelque contacts avec Gus sur différente drop zone.Il m'a toujours été très sympatique.C'est déplorable qu'un pareil accident puisse survenir.J'en gaderai un excellent souvenir.Mes pensées vont a Lydia et sa famille.Les mots sont difficiles a écrire,cependant il était un chic type.Je suis certaint qu'il prendra soin de ceux qu'ils aiment de la haut.

     Blue Skies Gus, tu étais un vrai...

Alain St-Pierre
astp0@hotmail.com

Dear Martin,Janette,Lydia and family,

It is with extreme regret that we heard of the loss of your son-in-law Guss.
Please accept our deepest sympathy to all of you.

Love from Al and Shirley Norton
brucen@naschem.denel.co.za

I am honored to say that Gus was my friend.
I am a better man for having known him.
Thank you for all the knowledge, kindness,laughs and love you shared.
Not a day will go by my friend...not one day.

Much Love, much RESPECT.

Bob Crossman
skydive_high@earthlink.net

I only met him couple of times, but even then he left a picture of very nice person.

Markku Teivainen
mteivainen@yahoo.com

Your words left a forever lasting impression on me and on everybody else around you... Fly free now!

Joris Van Drunen
jodeboo@yahoo.com

My nickname for Gus was "Rudy". There's a story in it.
Later. Ask me.

I tend to believe that the world is generally trying to move forward in a positive direction. And we need all the volunteers we can get to advance that notion.

Well, we're one short at the moment.

Gus had an insatiable curiosity about his world and after a time spent with him, I always felt I'd been given some peek into a creative process in action. Gus could not only teach in a non didactic way, but with a genuine love of the sport, for safety, for learning, learning, learning, for the person... His insights and knowledge, his depth of understanding and his pursuit of more all came through in the way he respected the people around him, the ones he might be teaching just by his sharing. And I think that was a great strength of his. He shared and he enjoyed and he respected. He was honest and giving. And smart as hell. If you knew Gus, did you ever see him without a book, a newspaper or at a loss for words or an opinion - on anything? How many times did you damn near bust a gut laughing, never able to out laugh Gus? And how many times was the humor the result of some quick witted observation Gus had that he revelaed to you? How many of us learned from Gus that we should be always looking closer and with admiration? Nothing Gus laughed hard at was a victim of anything cruel. He laughed at the flaws in us but with respect and a follow up with teaching. And his teaching was usually not of the conventional thought. Gus was commonly thinking along a different vein than almost anyone else. And it was always worth listening to.

Gus was a mentor, a role model, a guide, a friend.
Knowing him was a gift. It's been a brush with a rare moment in life. I am not a religious man, and I don't know who to thank when I say thanks, so I address my thanks "out there", to the universe. I do know what to say thanks for, though, and knowing Gus has, for about 16 years, been a prority "thank you".

Lydia, because I love him, it's easy to be thankful for you too. I remember when Gus first told me he'd gotten married. I hadn't seen him in about two years and hadn't heard news from DeLand on any regular basis. I had just blown back into town, saw Gus at the DZ and we got caught up. Lydia, that man sparkled, I swear, when he told me about you.  I asked him how real it was. I mean, he'd been quite the elusive catch for so long. He left me with no doubt. You two really love each other. So I hugged him.

Years earlier I told Gus that my girlfriend seemed to want marriage, kids, the whole bit. I was pretty entrenched against it. Gus knew Kate and approved of her designs on me and my future. I was outnumberd two to one. Hopeless. Gus had no idea what she saw in me and on that we agreed. But he still thought it was a good idea. Eventually Kate & I did get married and we now have a year old Stella. Kate is one of the better parts of my life. I'm also thankful for her. And I've always been thankful that Gus & I had that chat 14 years ago. I've always in some small way credited him with the good insight & judgement. The man set me straight more than once.

Bill, we've met. You helped on the book I wrote with Marcus (as did Gus). But we don't really know each other. We're in a sport and a community of hugely wonderful people. We're your family and we tend to love our family. Please recognize the community as a place you can go to, to get strength from. I don't think there's a one of us you couldn't approach. And I'm sure you are being surrounded by friends who know and love you. Let them.

Norman. A friend. A partner. A confidant. You must have a trasure trove of memories. How lucky you are to have been so close to Gus. Your own loss, too, is immeasurable. Impossibly deep. Please find us and let us surround you with support and strength.

You are all wonderful people. Thank you.

Thanks, Rudy. I love you. For real. Come here, give me a hug. There you go. That wasn't so bad, was it?

Kim Emerson
starjaz@earthlink.net

 i wish it were a nightmare and we could wake up.

BT from Germany

Dear Lydia,

I have two memories in the forefront of my mind this week.

When Baby Cat was a baby kitten, I would take her out during the day and let her play. As she got bigger, she ranged further afield and would often get away from me. Gus wouldn't touch her because bunnies don't like the scent of cat, but he kept an eye out--"she's in the tree, she's under the bus...whoops! she's in the bus" (although she only did that last one time), and he would always talk to her when she came around.
When I told Baby what happened, she looked at me, perplexed, as if to say, "This makes no sense." Smart kitty. It makes no sense to me either.

I remember a busy day when Gus took the afternoon off, and I watched the two of you sitting on the deck, engrossed in some project you were working on. Leaning in towards each other, heads touching, laughing and talking. I remember thinking how good you were together and what a blessing it was.

And even though the time you had together was nowhere near long enough, it still is.

rl
Rhonda Lea Kirk
rhondaleakirk@yahoo.com

l didn't know you that well but know this wherever you are right now, I want to say : thank you for always being nice when we visited and for loving Lydia so much and being a great husband for her, no matter what I will always be great full for the love and support you gave to my cousin Lydia.

Goodbye Gus

Stephan van der Walt
pcguy@absamail.co.za

Always a smile and caring advice. There are some people that when you meet them they become a part of the tapestry of your life. Gus is one of those people for many.

I am thankful that I knew him... from "the old school" We will miss him. To Lydia and the family...much love, strength and understanding...and long hugs.

Jim Graham
jim9078@yahoo.com

I WILL NEVER FROGOT YOUR NICE SMILE,YOUR HUMOR AND THE LOVE YOU HAD FOR LIFE AND SKYDIVE.

SEE YOU ONE OF THESE DAY IN PARADISE;

SERGE SAVIN
airlibre@club-internet.fr

I did not know Gus all that well but every time I had the oppertunity to talk to him I could tell he was a great guy.    Gus could see I was fairly new to the sport and went out of his way everytime he saw me to give me advise.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family.  

Vince
vince@trademarkpoker.com

 I ONLY HAD ONE EXPERIENCE--I DID A JUMP IN 2/92, HE WAS MY CAMERA GUY.  HE MADE ME LAUGH EVEN BEING SCARED. I AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.  IT IS AMAZING THAT IF HE HAD THAT BIG OF AN IMPACT ON THAT SPECIAL DAY IN MY LIFE, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW MANY OTHER TOTAL STRANGERS FEEL THE SAME WAY. THIS IS A GREAT WEB SITE.  HE WOULD BE VERY PROUD.

TERRI
TFOLSOM@INSURANCELAND.ORG

I spent some time many years ago jumping with Gus at this native drop zone West Point in Virginia. Also made a number of jumps with him in Orange Virginia before he moved to Florida. I haven't seen Gus for about 20 years now, but I never forgot him. I still scour skydiving publications and always look for "Photo by Gus Wing". It doesn't seem possible that he is gone. My heartfelt condolences go out to all who are affected by this tragic accident and especially to Lydia and Bill Buchman. Please keep this web site going!

Best Regards,
Gary Thompson
gthompson@intersections.com

I only got to have a few rides to the sky and a few conversations with you, still these left a nice impression of you.

I'm sorry to hear there will be no more.

Thoughts goes to family and friends

Kenneth Gajda  - on behalf of Team Elements, Denmark
skydiver@chilly.dk

Deland won't be the same without you.  You gave us plenty of advice and plenty of grief when we didn't do things the way we were supposed to - but you still had respect. You also made my girlfriends tandem experience one she wont forget.  Thanks, and in your words "Blue Skies - Skydive!"

Mark - The Tattooed MoFos
markmallinder@hotmail.com

My family and I met Gus only once,when he did the video for one of our daughters' first tandem jumps.  I had seen him on skydiving videos and I was nervous about talking with him, but after the jump he spent some time with my wife and I in the restaurant, sharing his experiences and offering his friendly advice to novice skydivers.  His warmth and willingness to spend time talking with us made us feel part of the skydiving community. We looked forward to coming to DeLand and seeing him again. While we got to meet Gus only in passing, we are part of that wide network of people whose hearts go out to his family.  We will remember him with fondness. A great man.

Leon Anderson
andersoe@ohio.edu

Thanks for the memories of a dream come true.
Blue Skies Gus and it is truly a wonderful world.

Kathy
Kfriend401@aol.com

Fly Smooth Gus..You will be missed!!!

Team Infinity
Holland.

Ed van Linschoten
ed.miek@12move.nl

I visited Skydive Deland for the first time in February 2005.  It had always been my dream to visit my "Mecca".  I had hoped to meet you Gus, but It wasn't meant to be.  Your expression of the sport through your photography has been(and will always be a bright source of inspiration to  me).To my new brothers and sisters at Skydive Deland, it's easy to see why Gus enjoyed hanging out there. I am certain that if your love and passion of the sport is reflective of Gus' spirit, there can be no doubt that he was on hell of a man.  Thank you, Gus, for your contributions to the sport. Thank you, friends of Skydive Deland, for continuing to share his spirit of love and passion.

Peace to you all.  Fly free Gus.

Blue Skies!
Ed Jones, North Carolina

I'll miss you, buddy.  I always enjoyed your quick wit and snappy comebacks. You'll be greatly missed.  Skydiving itself suffers your loss.

Randall Shane
rshane@ureach.com

Gus Wing was probably one of the 'Greats' in this greatest of sports. I met him in 2000 when he filmed all my AFF levels and amazes me with his constant smile and non-stop enthusiasm in helping new jumpers like myself. 5 years on and several hundred jumps later i dont need to see a photo of him to remember his grin and i can still hear his 'All American' voice now.

Deland and the rest of the world is now left with an unfillable space.

Blue skies to you Gus, it was an honour to have met you.
Duncan Stott
duncdives@tiscali.co.uk

I know that we were only able to meet Gus a few times, but during those times he seemed to be a very haapy, fun-loving person. Marrying you, I wouldn't expect anything different. Kim and I would like to pass on our thought and prayers for you, Gus,and your families. I know we haven't spoken much over the last few years, but I have always thought of you as a special friend, with our friendship built on a good working relationship. I am sorry that you have had to deal with such a tragedy, but knowing you as a strong person, you will persevere. I am sorry that we will not be able to attend the service on Friday since we will be leaving for England at 3:00 pm Friday afternoon. But, I can assure you that while I am in the air, I will be thinking and praying for you and Gus.

Take care, and God Bless.

Jeff and Kim Martineau
jeff.martineau@psiusa.com

An example to be proceeded, an immense loss for the world skydiving. God blesses your family because you´re already blessed.

Fábio Diniz - CTR Brazil
fabiodiniz@clubedotr.com.br

See U over the Sky.

Fabiano Marçal
fabianomarcal@superig.com.br

I HAD ONLY MET GUS ONCE IN MY LIFE ONCE BUT HE CAPTURED ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF MY LIFE, ONE THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET THANKS TO HIM MY FATHER AND I HAVE FOOTAGE AND PICTURES OF A BOND THAT NOONE COULD TAKE FROM US. I TOLD EVERYONE THAT MY FATHER AND HAD BUILT ALOT OF BRIDGES IN OUR LIFE, BUT JUMPING FROM AN AIRPLANE WAS LIKE PUTTING THE FLAG ON THE TOP OF MOUNT EVERST. THANKS TO GUS'S PICTURES AND FOOTAGE  WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PROOF OF A BOND THAT CAN NEVER BE BROKEN. MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS WIFE AND ALL HIS FRIENDS OVER AT SKYDIVE DELAND.

THANKS 4 THE MEMORIES.
MATT MOORE
kmokeefe@aol.com

Gus, I know you are in forever freefall. I'm glad you flew into my life and I will see you again in the sky.

You're in my heart,
Ronnie Grove
DeLand, FL
grover@digital.net

Hey everyone,

Here's a thought for all of those planning to attend the memorial tomorrow:

Let's all wear something with a sun on it! T-shirt, hat, jewelry, whatever. Gus loved suns. Fitting, I guess, given his bright outlook on life ...

He was a most excellent friend, neighbor, customer and mentor, and I'm gonna miss him terribly.

I don't have any really funny "Gus anecdotes" to share, but I will say this: Gus was a pioneer in many ways. He was one of the first skydivers to move his pilotchute from the legstrap to the bottom of the container. He had some very clear ideas on how to get the pictures and video that he wanted, and he had some excellent ideas on how to set up the specialty rigs he needed to get some of those shots. Only problem was that he couldn't really sew very well, and I was honored that he would bring some of those ideas to me to get help in turning them into reality. I'm sure that eventually he would have pioneered a lot more ...

Tim Webb
tim@jumpshack.com

I have no words...

There is nothing I can say or do to take away the pain.. for anyone, even myself..

I am selfishly throwing myself into work to avoid the harsh reality that Gus has gone...

I wanted to give him a website.. I wanted to honor him while he was alive, but he wouldn't let me.. he couldn't choose pictures, couldn't imagine boasting about himself... and so it sat.. every time I saw him, I nudged.. but he just couldn't seem to go forth. He was fine with having only email, where he & Lydia could trade messages while away from each other & transfer pictures..

When I'm posting all this stuff.. I can almost feel him... seems to me, he would NOT be very happy at the idea of so much attention for just him. He was humble to a fault.. it was refreshing in the sport of skydiving... we were neighbors, he was family, as most skydivers are. We knew him personally, and professionally. It's true that when he met Lydia, his smile got bigger, his eyes sparkled more, he was re-energized by her, captivated by her beauty, inspired by her soul. He always doted on his Sky Dancer, and we always knew how serious he was.. she was the proverbial "apple of his eye". He felt special because she loved him, blessed that such a spirit, as is Lydia, would bond with him, would love and accept him, would encourage him to grow, to discover his passions.

For her, he wouldn't mind the fuss... for her, I know I would have his blessing to put this out there, because it's comforting to her, I know he would be ok with it. I would've never taken the liberty of doing this, if Gus hadn't already chosen me... he knew a great many people he could've turned to for a website, but I believe that he turned to me, because in some ways I am detached from the skydiving world, and could look objectively at his other work.. and perhaps too because, or friendship was special and he trusted me.. he felt ok, exposing his vulnerabilities to me & my husband, and with that knowledge, I build his tribute...

It is an HONOR, nothing less, to be doing this for ALL of you....

Dawn Marie Suiter
support@bodyflight.net

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