APPLAUSE: Pilot’s family says thanks

Numerous groups, people provided support following plane crash.

To the Editor,

The family of Dr. Bill Phipps would like to thank the following people for their assistance and support during and after his unfortunate accident June 4 during the Wings and Wheels air show at Nanaimo Airport.

Mike Hooper, president and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport Commission, and his staff at the airport for the on-going support to the family;

Members of the Cranberry and airport fire departments, emergency response team members and medical personnel who attended to Bill at the airport and en route to Victoria;

Const. Gary O’Brien and the RCMP for the sensitive handling of the information during and after the crash;

The media members involved for the sensitivity shown in the their releases of information;

The Nanaimo Flying Club members – as well as those in the community who came out to support the air show – for their understanding and support after the accident;

The many family members, friends and colleagues who have provided kind and supportive words conveyed in conversations,  cards, phone calls, e-mails and prayers;

The physicians, surgeons and medical professionals in Victoria General  Hospital’s intensive care unit, Royal  Jubilee Hospital’s intensive care unit and RJH complex injury unit;

Bill’s friends, colleagues and patients in the Campbell River area for their understanding and support during this time. We appreciate their understanding of the limitations placed on visitors while Bill is in hospital.

The Phipps family