|J.C. Pace, Advance Flight Commander, 318th AAFFTD|
When bloody war and urgent need for haste is gone,
And economic chaos holds us still,
We shall not soon forget his shape along the street,
Or near the half-deserted hangars on the hill.
His shoulders forward bent against the weight of wind and 'chutes
The lagging step to match his slow, insistent word,
The wisdom and the patience on his face,
The pride behind the stinging comment that we heard.
We shall remember well the scarf he wore
Of white silk stuff, the juanty cap which set him quite apart,
His summer's tan, his winter pinks,
The fleece-lined hood and other heavy trappings of his art.
But do not think he will be loath to go--for look!
Beyond the steady gaze of his blue eyes
His heart is fastened on some lovely, distant dream,
Some fairer view than sandy Texas skies.
( WASP Classbook 43- 4/5)
Although I never had the opportunity to meet him, WASP Flight Instructor, J.C. Pace, was a name that made 'folks' in West Texas smile when they heard it. His kindness and generosity to the place and the people were part of his personality--and the mark of a true 'Texas Gentleman'. The young women, whom he instructed in flying military aircraft at Avenger Field, who then graduated and became WASP, remember how much he loved to fly! Today, he is truly flying higher.
To Gary and the whole Pace family, including Brenda, may our prayers and God's amazing love surround you all.
v/r posted by nancy parrish
The following reposted from the Fort Worth Star Telegram
J.C. Pace Jr., co-founder of Buddies Super Markets and Fort Worth civic leader, dies at 93