It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Dan Bergeron on December 24th. Dan passed away peacefully in his sleep at 82 years young. Dan was not just a pilot but a mentor, friend and passionate advocate for sharing the wonders of aviation with anyone and everyone he met! Dan always made himself available to help out with airport tours to young school children. He believed that these early encounters with aviation not only instilled a love for learning but also laid the foundation for a future generation of curious minds with an appreciation for the vast possibilities that the world had to offer.
Dan’s passing is especially difficult to understand given his active lifestyle, both physically and socially. Those of us who knew Dan were amazed by his physical energy and activity, along with his passion for sharing his love of aviation, especially with young people aspiring to be pilots.
With the help of his wife Pat, Dan built his own airplane over the course of 6 and a half years. He could be found flying that aircraft nearly every nice weather day at 7B2. Dan had great pride in his airplane and loved to talk about the building process. Dan discussed and displayed his airplane for many events held at the airport and even gave free rides in his beloved aircraft.
Dan was also the leader of the Northampton Airport’s youth program called “Wright Flight” – a 10 week after school STEM program for middle schoolers which uses aviation as a hook. The final piece to NAWF is a 30 minute flight at Northampton Airport. Over the past 15 years he has introduced, inspired and educated well over 300 7th and 8th graders through Wright Flight. His infectious enthusiasm created an environment where every kid felt boundless possibilities of their potential.
Dan will be greatly missed by the 7B2 community. We will be sharing information about arrangements as details become available . Below is a link to an article from the Daily Hampshire Gazette that features Dan and the Wright Flight Program.