Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial

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Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial

Post by Antique Pilot » Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:04 pm

I attended the memorial service for Jack Hooker on July 23rd at Pickle Lake. Attached is a pic of Hooker Air and Ontario Central Airlines pilots and mechanics. Several of them go back to the 1960's and are still flying or working.

L-R: Al Ogilvie, Tony Belluz, Peter Kartuunen, Dave Buttons, Gerry Norberg, Sil Boulanger, Eddie Cull (behind Sil), Barry Houston, Jamie Biggs, Bill Carter, Rob Mallory, John Mummery. Missing from the pic is Ed Showalter who was out doing a flyby in his Beech 18.

Lots of great stories and memories.

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Re: Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial

Post by DASBOOT » Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:22 pm

Is Pete the fin in that picture and has anyone know if John Parson is still around I was flying helicopters out of Pickle in 70-72
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Re: Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial

Post by Antique Pilot » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:55 am

DASBOOT wrote:Is Pete the fin in that picture and has anyone know if John Parson is still around I was flying helicopters out of Pickle in 70-72
Yes Pete the Finn is third from the left. Not sure where John P is.

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Post by bobo » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:03 am

John Parsons is still around although he is fighting a battle with cancer. He spends his summers at his home in Ontario and his winters in the Caribbean. I had an email from him recently.
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Re: Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial

Post by bobo » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:05 am

Oops, sorry about that. I was mixing John Parsons up with John Peacock.
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Re: Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial

Post by RWD » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:32 am

Hi @Antique Pilot. Could you please PM me when you get a moment (I just signed up here and cannot send PMs yet). I noticed you have a wealth of information about Hooker Air Service and Pickle Lake. Dave Hooker was my grandfather, and Jack my Uncle. My mother is the oldest child of Dave & Winifred. I spent a lot of my summers in Pickle hanging around the docks (and bumming rides whenever I could). I was hoping we could catch up a bit, and maybe trade photos - I have a wall at my house with pictures of Pickle and (mostly) planes. THANKS, and apologies for the off topic post...

And @DASBOOT, I recall a chopper at Pickle, not sure of the year. It was one of those with the huge glass bubble surrounding the cockpit. This particular chopper was undergoing some maintenance, and they had the rotor off, supported by a tripod of tree trunks. Said tripod either broke, or the legs slipped, and the rotor went crashing through the glass canopy. I don't have a photo of the aircraft, but the image is clear in my mind... Thanks...
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Re: Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial

Post by Antique Pilot » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:57 pm

RWD wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:32 am
Hi @Antique Pilot. Could you please PM me when you get a moment (I just signed up here and cannot send PMs yet). I noticed you have a wealth of information about Hooker Air Service and Pickle Lake. Dave Hooker was my grandfather, and Jack my Uncle. My mother is the oldest child of Dave & Winifred. I spent a lot of my summers in Pickle hanging around the docks (and bumming rides whenever I could). I was hoping we could catch up a bit, and maybe trade photos - I have a wall at my house with pictures of Pickle and (mostly) planes. THANKS, and apologies for the off topic post...

And @DASBOOT, I recall a chopper at Pickle, not sure of the year. It was one of those with the huge glass bubble surrounding the cockpit. This particular chopper was undergoing some maintenance, and they had the rotor off, supported by a tripod of tree trunks. Said tripod either broke, or the legs slipped, and the rotor went crashing through the glass canopy. I don't have a photo of the aircraft, but the image is clear in my mind... Thanks...
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