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Funeral for Delta Pilot

August 9, 1985

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ About 600 people, including many Delta Air Lines pilots and flight attendants, gathered Thursday for the funeral of the pilot who died in the crash of Delta Flight 191.

A fellow pilot delivered a eulogy for Capt. Edward M. Connors, 57, who died along with 132 others when his Lockheed L-1011 crashed Friday in a thunderstorm at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

″If Ted was here, I’m sure he’d say, ’Let’s get this show on the road,‴ Delta pilot Don Keenan said at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.

″He used to wonder how a kid who used to pump gas could achieve what he always wanted in life - a loving family and flying airplanes for the best company in the world,″ said Keenan. ″He left us knowing he was at his zenith,″ he said.

Connors’ son-in-law, Alexander LaBrecque, also spoke.

″We know death is the enemy,″ LaBrecque said. ″Every day we rise and live our lives on the assumption that life is meaningful. But death is an unwanted enemy that destroys life and confronts us all.″

Connors is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and three daughters.

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