ISPA members John and Noeleen Borman's beautiful Seawind over the area
surrounding their New Zealand home
It is with great grief that
we learned of John's passing from injuries sustained in a takeoff accident
at Lake Taupo in New Zealand on January 17, 2005. Many Seawind
members wrote to express their condolensces to Noeleen and all John's
family and friends. A huge memorial service was held displaying
John's touching of many people's lives around the globe. I
have included below some of the thoughts and feelings from fellow members
of John's Seawind family:
We have lost a dear, dear member of
the Seawind family.Ted and I are so sorry to lose such a wonderful family
man so tragically. We didn't know them very well, but met them at Sun
& Fun and it is a tremendous loss. We are praying for the family.
May God give them strength and peace. Ted and
Tears are clouding my perspective. John and Noeleen cared unconditionally
about each member of the Seawind community - wished pleasant successes
for each of us - as builders and as flyers. Their wonderful Seawind ventures
and Johns extraordinary knowledge of the aircraft served as an inspiration
to all of us. I am confident that John would want us to learn as much
as possible from this terrible situation. My heart aches for his family,
the New Zealand aviation community and I reach out to Noeleen with a very
Mackie and I were saddened to hear of John Bormans death. We stayed with
John and Noeleen and flew in their Seawind when we were in New Zealand.
John was a very experienced cautious pilot and his Seawind showed he was
also a excellent craftman. John had a lot of pride in the workmanship
of his Seawind and was always ready to provide answers to construction
questions. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to John's family.
This is an extremely terrible day for John's family and for the Seawind
Community. John was a friend and will be sorely missed by Sandy and I.
John and Noeleen visited with us when they was last in the states. I took
him up flying and showed him a little bit of North Carolina. John is flying
a little higher than the rest of us now. Go in peace John.
This is a devastating loss to
the Seawind community. John was a very early builder and actually has
built 2 Seawinds. His knowledge and contributions to the Seawind family
are immense. Our deepest sympathies go out to Noeleen and all John's family.
God bless John and his family.
Gidday Folks Just to let you
know that John's funeral was held at Tauranga airport, New Zealand yesterday.
As befitting a man of his standing in the aviation community it was a
huge affair with the airport at one stage closed to allow a fly past followed,
at Noeleen's request, a low pass by the other New Zealand Seawind. We
are still overwhelmed with grief but I suspect that there will be learning
from this and, as would be John's wish, we will share it with you once
the investigations are complete. Thanks from down under for your kind
Regards Bill Day
BORMAN John Henry. On 17 January 2005, tragically. Very much loved husband
of Noeleen, dearly loved father of Michelle, Russell and Fionna, Pauline
and Ray, Tina and Mark, and Kevin. Special grandad of Dillon and Dannielle,
Kieran, Hannah and Amy, and Bethany and Rebekah. "Flying free."
A service will be held at Tauranga Park Funeral Home, 383 Pyes Pa Rd,
Tauranga on Saturday 22 January at 11.00am followed by burial at Pyes
Pa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations preferred to Young Eagles, c/o
Tauranga Aero Club, Tauranga Airport. Communications to 386 McLarens Falls
Rd, R D 1, Tauranga. Tauranga Park Funeral Directors
The following were received by ISPA: November 17, 2002.
Received by ISPA: November 9, 2002
John and Noeleen sent the following photos from the early days. As with other
photos on this site, click on the photo to enlarge.
Expo 86 in Vancouver. The full scale mock-up shell of the Seawind hanging in
the Ontario pavilion.
[Birthplace of the Seawind.] The Seawind factory in Haliburton, Ontario.
Taken in 1988 on our way to Oshkosh.
1988 Oshkosh. John Borman in the pilot seat with Tony Irwin and Noeleen
Borman looking on.