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It is with much sadness that VATSIM reports the p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ing of long time VATSIM member Michael Bevington ID 814931, who p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ed away suddenly on October 21, 2017.

 

Full details can be found at https://www.vatsim.net/news/michael-bevington

 

Blue Skies Mike.

Mark Richards (811451)

Auckland, New Zealand

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I had the pleasure of working with Bev while developing the PRC and writing a dozen articles or so for it. I later got to serve with him on the BoG and when he retired from the BoG I took over as VP PT and helped fulfill his vision of how the ratings would lay out. The VATSIM Pilot Ratings will remain a big part of his legacy in VATSIM and has touched tens of thousands of members.

 

In the summer of 2008 I was working (was doing consulting) east of where he lived and had to drive to St Louis to catch an airliner the next day early. I stopped by his house and we went out to dinner and ate some good Mexican food, then back to his house, sat on his back porch, had another beer and enjoyed a fat cigar with him, talking about life, wives, children, flying, golf, and VATSIM. I count that evening as one of the most enjoyable and mystical evenings with a wonderful friend.

 

I am floored at his p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ing. Too soon.

Kyle Ramsey

 

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When I read this I immediately thought of "No Man is an Island" by the poet John Donne, because although I did not know Michael and could not swear I ever interacted with him on VATSIM, his p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ing does have an affect...on me, on you, on all of us.

 

No man is an island,

Entire of itself,

Every man is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main...

...Any man's death diminishes me,

Because I am involved in mankind...

 

-John Donne

 

Rest in Peace Michael and know that what you helped make continues...though now something less with your p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ing...

 

Randy

Randy Tyndall - KBOI

ZLA I-11/vACC Portugal P4

“A ship is always safe in the harbor. But that’s not why they build ships” --Michael Bevington ID 814931, Former VATSIM Board of Governors Vice President of Pilot Training

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