25-Apr-2012 Source: HAI
HAI is saddened at the passing of long-serving member of the HAI Safety Committee, Bruce L. Gillaspie, Sr., who died January 21, 2012 in Lafayette, La. He was 68.
Born in Battle Creek, Mich., Gillaspie served in Vietnam as a U. S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot before flying oil and gas operations for PHI, Inc. until retirement in 1997.
Gillaspieâ€™s involvement with HAI spanned some 20 years. The consummate safety professional, Gillaspie served on the HAI Safety Committee from 1987-2006, including as its secretary from 91-92, vice chairman from 93-94, and chairman from 95-96.
Gillaspie is survived by his wife, Margaret; his daughter, Michele Young and her husband, Paul; grandchildren Krystena, Grace, Grant, and Riley; two great-grandchildren; and his two brothers, Bradley and Bernie.
The passing of Bruce L. Gillaspie, Sr. is a great loss to the helicopter industry and to aviation safety.