Pete Parish was 100 years old when he passed away last evening. He led a full life everyone would say and be correct. He was a Marine Corp. pilot, President of Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, father, husband and co-founder of the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum.
He was an extraordinary pilot, a modest man, and loyal to his fellow wingmen in the Cat Flight. I remember Pete sitting in my hospital room for hours while I convalesced following the crash of my jet fighter.
So, while I and my other Cat Flight colleagues mourn Pete’s passing, we are thinking no doubt how blessed we all were to know Pete, to fly with Pete and to be the recipients of his generosity and sage advice.
Rest in peace Pete.