LAMA Volunteer, Gregg Ellsworth, Flies West
A faithful at LAMA displays for the last ten years was Gregg Ellsworth of Minnesota. Gregg unexpectedly passed away in his home on March 15, 2016 with only days to go before attendees at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida would again have found him in the LAMA pavilion in Paradise City. The cause of death is not yet determined but was of natural causes. He is survived by his wife Cindy and daughters Bre and Caitlin.
Gregg was known for his infectious humor, nearly continuous smile, and a marvelous supportive attitude for the very kinds of aircraft that the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association serves; Light-Sport Aircraft, light kit aircraft, and ultralights. He owned, flew, and tremendously enjoyed his Quicksilver ultralight aircraft.
Among other skills, Gregg was a trained accident investigator who was often called upon by the NTSB regarding parachutes on aircraft as he worked for many years at BRS Parachutes (now BRS Aerospace) in South St. Paul, Minnesota. For many years, he worked at that enterprise with LAMA president Dan Johnson. The two became close friends.
Gregg was a former radio personality with a deep, booming voice that was often heard at LAMA functions. He was true to aviation throughout his life and will be missed by the many who knew him. All enjoyed his positive attitude, quickness with humor, and a very down-to-Earth way of staying in touch with friends.
Rest in peace, LAMA associate and good friend, Gregg Ellsworth