Fund Set Up For Jim LeRoy’s Son

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The death of air show performer Jim LeRoy on July 28 at the Dayton Air Show not only left a void in the air show industry, it left a mother and a young son to fend for themselves. The International Council of Air Shows is encouraging those in aviation to help soften the financial blow of LeRoy's untimely death by contributing to a memorial scholarship fund aimed at ensuring his four-year-old son, Tommy, can pursue his own aviation dreams. ICAS President John Cudahy told AVweb that checks and credit card donations in any amount will be used to fund Tom's future education goals, which he said will almost certainly involve aviation since LeRoy was a third-generation aviator. "It's important for the aviation community to get behind this," he said, noting even small contributions can add up to a significant amount. Contributions can be made to Jim LeRoy Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o Harris Bank, 110 East Irving Park Road, Roselle, IL 60172; or by calling (630) 980-2700. LeRoy died when his plane pancaked onto the Dayton, Ohio, field after a series of snap rolls. The aircraft slid about 400 yards and burned. A coroner's report said LeRoy died on impact. Cudahy said LeRoy differed from many performers in that he designed his show with the audience in mind. While others essentially performed their aerobatic competition routine for the crowds, LeRoy tried to please the paying customers. "Jim was best known for his commitment to the entertainment component," said Cudahy.