Gary Pilgrim
Stations - RDD - SFO - DEN - COS
May 10, 2003
 

Gary possessed one of the greatest senses of humor that most of us ever came in contact with.  His constant barrage of one liners and practical jokes kept his co-workers as well as his passengers on their toes constantly, one and all were fair game.  He once made a Canadian bound passenger learn the Canadian National Anthem as a prerequisite to travel into Canada. He was known to drop his false teeth into a friend's drink when they weren't looking and one agent overheard him tell a couple of passengers who had requested to not be seated by the engines that he was not permitted to ask the nationality of other passengers.

Gary was born on September 13, 1941 in Wolf Point, Montana. After graduating from Wolf Point High School, he attended the University of Montana at Missoula for 3 1/2 years then joined the US Air Force and was assigned to Okinawa, Japan.

After the Air Force, Gary started his airline career in Redding, CA working for Pacific Airlines in 1966.  He was employed by Pacific, Hughes Airwest, Republic Airlines and finally Northwest Airlines until he retired in the summer of 2001.  

The youngest of nine children, Gary is survived by his mother, Edna who is 102 years old, who is 102 years old, one brother, four sisters and many nieces, nephews, cousins.  

One of the memorable comments he often made and is fondly remembered by his sisters Carol and Bee;  is "Well, I'll be a suck egg mule!."

Gary is remembered for his keen wit, extreme intelligence and an abundance of pranks and comments made to one and all.  It never matter who, what, where or when, he could bring a smile to anyone without malice or chagrin.  

His legal name was Gary, but he claimed the name "Garth" when some friends he worked with deemed him "Garth Vader".  He passed away in his home in Manitou Springs, Colorado (near Colorado Springs) on May 8, 2003.   Gary and Garth will be missed by all.