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« on: April 18, 2017, 02:15:20 PM »

John has died after a fall. Lost for words, really.
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 02:41:49 PM »

So sad. A Great One for sure!
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 03:06:37 PM »

That really is sad news.

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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 03:17:54 PM »

He was a great one.  I will always remember him fondly.
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2017, 03:43:35 PM »

A truly sad day. I don't think we will ever see his like again.
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 03:46:53 PM »

My first Model Flying Hero gone.  Sad day indeed.
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 03:47:37 PM »

A myth of my youth has gone, what a sad news.
I will always remember him.

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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 04:05:51 PM »

Oh gosh - that is a blow.  I rather thought he was unique in many ways.  And never thought one day he would not be around to chat with. 

He was a bit of a character in our fraternity.
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2017, 04:18:02 PM »

I have done a lot of flying with John and after June, his wife, stopped travelling to comps have often held his model while he wound the motor (he didn't like stooges other than human ones).  At fly-offs he was only happy if the model disappeared a long way downwind.  He usually got them back - "start looking 7 miles away".

He was at the last Clayton Green meeting that I attended and we had a nice chat.  End of an era. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2017, 04:24:16 PM »

A nice picture of JOD

I have sent RATZ a scan of a piece from the 2011 NFFS Symposium report when JOD was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

I first spoke to JOD at the British Nationals at Yeovilton in 1968 - 49 years ago. I had seen him at contests 50 years ago... 
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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2017, 05:19:38 PM »

What a great Free Flight man John was.  What a life.
Free Flight was his life for so long.  I can remember seeing his name in the British magazines winning and placing when I was a kid back in the late 1940s up to only recently.

Vale John O'Donnell.
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2017, 06:16:17 PM »

No apologies for posting again at this very sad time. JO'D just about wrote the book for post-WW2 FF in the UK and also elsewhere. His column in 'Model Aircraft' magazine was the first I turned to, even though I didn't fly FF at the time. When I did eventually hit the FF trail, I quickly found out that John would tell anyone his 'secrets' without demur - in my case, late one afternoon at Barkston, he told me his method for getting tissue to stick to an undercambered airfoil, a method I've used ever since. On the other hand, he never had much time for 'modern' FAI FF flying, and famously referred to those who - like me - went to fly in European contests as ' foreign gadabouts'. The moniker stuck. A great flyer, and a great bloke too.

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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2017, 08:18:16 PM »

I have sent RATZ a scan of a piece from the 2011 NFFS Symposium report when JOD was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Download the article: John O'Donnell - Sympo 2011

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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2017, 02:38:12 AM »

A giant of the FF world has left us. I spent an enjoyable weekend staying with him and June back in 2003-and we've been frequent correspondents since. A sad day!  What a vast wealth of FF knowledge and experience has left us.

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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2017, 03:12:32 AM »

So sad to hear this .... a special person from a special era.
As has been said .... I doubt if there will ever be anyone to match him over so many years.
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2017, 06:39:30 AM »

Just a few days ago I sent an invitation to John for he and June to join my family and friends at a luncheon to celebrate my 90th birthday on 3rd May.  When I saw John’s name at the top of Dave’s email I thought ‘good, they are coming’.  When the horrible truth registered I had a lump in my throat that felt like a football.  All I can say at the moment is that he was a great man and a great friend
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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2017, 10:38:30 AM »

Very sad news & a very sad day indeed
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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2017, 10:39:55 AM »

Indeed - this is dreadfully sad news. I first met JO'D in 1970 when he visited our Junior club (Syke Juniors MFC) for our interclub with Whitefield MFC (Juniors). He was very supportive of this and I was quite chuffed that my photo appeared in Aeromodeller (on the periphery) when he wrote up the event for Aeromodeller.

I last spoke to him last year - and commented on "how well he was wearing". He put it down to being very lucky..

I asked him whether he missed the building and flying since his retirement and surprisingly (to me) he said not in the slightest. One of the worlds greatest aeromodellers - now very sadly departed

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« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2017, 11:33:02 AM »

I asked him whether he missed the building and flying since his retirement and surprisingly (to me) he said not in the slightest. One of the worlds greatest aeromodellers - now very sadly departed
We spoke regularly on the phone and yes, he said he didn´t miss flying at all, but I think he did miss being involved, and liked to know what was going on.
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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2017, 03:40:59 PM »

Sad news indeed.

When funeral details are available I'd appreciate such noted here - or by PM -   as my son would like to attend on our joint behalf.

Thanks!

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« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2017, 07:19:11 PM »

I must admit I was not expecting to read this news when I saw bill's forum heading. Although FF was just one of my modelling interests, I was always drawn to John's clearly expressed articles in Aeromodeller.

Teacher's Pet first caught my attention. We have lost too many Aeromodelling legends.

My sincere condolences to John's immediate and extended family and all his friends.

John Haren.
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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2017, 04:34:00 AM »

John's Son has started a page:-  http://www.jod.org.uk
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« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2017, 01:20:57 PM »

John's funeral is on Wednesday 10th May; details on the page above
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