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Sept. 9, 1921 - Aug. 29, 2012
Edward F. Loomis, a former ski resort manager who possessed a lifelong love of aviation, died Saturday. He was 90.
Born in Glenwood, he graduated from Amherst High School in 1940. As a youngster, Mr. Loomis developed an enthusiasm for flying that took him on long walks from his home in Eggertsville to the Buffalo airport to watch aircraft arrive and depart. By age 19, he had earned a private pilot license, and at 21, he enlisted in the Navy's flight program.
He served stateside as a naval aviator and instructor during World War II and subsequently was a member of the Naval Reserve.
After the war, Mr. Loomis joined Douglas Aircraft Co. in Los Angeles as a communications liaison between Douglas and the Navy.
He later joined Beech Aircraft Co. as a charter pilot.
In 1952, he took a job as corporate pilot for Honey Harbor Corp. There he became interested in that company's new product, now known as Woolite.
He was named marketing vice president and in that position relocated to New York City and Zurich, Switzerland.
After returning to Western New York during the 1960s, Mr. Loomis was employed in the management operations at Kissing Bridge in Glenwood.
He was a past president of the Aero Club of Buffalo and Rotary Club of Springville.
He also was a member of the Quiet Birdmen and a founding member of the Niagara Frontier Aviation Museum.