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    JJ Frey Passes

    JJ Frey, who for decades ran EDO’s float division, passed away at age 89, according to his grandson, Julian Frey.

    JJ was a good friend, and literally a font of information about all things seaplane. He was also a lot of fun to be around. As my experience on floats grew, JJ often answered questions and offered advice that was always well founded and helpful. I was always amazed at his recall of seemingly arcane developments of various float development and operations. His presentations on float operations, accidents and seaplane recoveries were always excellent.

    He also had a great sense of humor and often kept his fellows in stitches with his humor. I will certainly miss our annual visits during Airventure. Rest In Peace, JJ!

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    What a neat guy. We used to commute back from the Airmen's show with him. He got me involved with the SPA and their website many years ago.

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    JJ, Rick Tinkhauser and I worked together certifying the EDO 696-3500 floats with my 185. We had a good time herding the FAA people. We had many good memories over the years.
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    Never met him in person, but talked to him a few times.

    Always helpful, and had more float knowledge than I could believe.

    Aviation will miss him. God Bless the family.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    Got to be friends with JJ about 12 years ago. Don't think he ever remembered my name but when he saw me he'd bark " hey J4 from Cooperstown, what's new"

    RIP buddy

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    See Post 11 for one of his contributions to float rigging: https://www.supercub.org/forum/showt...Rigging-floats

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    Godspeed J...
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    Last time I talked to JJ was about the amphib floats that Tom Ford was looking to buy. Told me the whole story on why EDO built them. He was excited they were going back into service. Another icon I didn't sit down and talk enough with.

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    He will be missed for sure. Such a nice guy & always had a smile.

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    I didn’t really ever talk with him but was introduced in passing a time or two. It was apparent he was quite a guy based on how others spoke of him. Sorry to see the news of his passing, one can only imagine the stories he didn’t get around to telling or the knowledge that existed in his mind.

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    Nice man. Always enjoyed talking with him.
    Remember , the light at the end of the tunnel may be you .O wind of heaven by thy might save all who dare the eagles flight, and keep them by thy watchful care from every peril in the air.

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    RIP sir.
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    Sad to hear of his passing. I maintain 4 different sets of 2790’s and one set of 2700 and I have talked to him several times in the last year and a half regarding questions on these floats. Didn’t know me from a hole in the wall but after that fisrt conversation he acted like he had known me his whole life. He recalled information on them like he just built them yesterday. I had to get some oleo and hydraulic parts a couple different times and he called Kenmore before I did to expedite the process. I lost my grandfather just before he turned 90 last year; something about that generation of men... They don’t make them like that anymore.
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    a.crane said: "They don’t make them like that anymore."

    We need to change this.
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    J.J. Frey - a national asset gone west.

    I live in college Point, where EDO manufactured them.

    For 25-years, J and I tried to have lunch together.
    Problem was; when he was driving in to work, I was driving out to work.
    But we would run into each other at Oshkosh, Sun and Fun, Jack Brown's,
    Alaska, and Speculator.
    It was at Speculator that his presentations were always the highlight of
    that event.

    When I found my 1943 Army 1320's in the original crate, I called J to place a large
    order for 12 cover gaskets to replace the dried and cracked originals. He said they
    cost $17 each, but there's a Caterpillar dealer near me with the largest collection of
    "O" rings, of which the right size costs 50 cents.

    He then sent me a video of EDO testing a set of 1320's with a fixed main wheel
    on a Taylorcraft in the bay where I swam as a kid. He said they're probably still
    around in someone's barn. I'm still looking,
    A few weeks later, he sends me a 1940 photo of a Lenape Papoose powered J3
    with those floats on, in front of the Long Island Aviation country Club hangers.

    Protocol will not allow our National Ensign to be lowered to half staff, but I
    hope the SPA pennant will be for the next month.
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