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FORMER GANDER AIRPORT CEO PASSES AWAY

Gary Vey was the driving force for CYQX for almost two decades



(DECEMBER 27, 2016) The Gander International Airport Authority is mourning the passing of former President and CEO Gary Vey.

Mr. Vey joined the GIAA transfer group in 1997, serving as the corporation’s first Executive Director.  His work in negotiating the airport’s successful transfer from Transport Canada in March of 2001 resulted in his selection as the President and CEO of the Gander International Airport Authority Inc.  He retired in July of 2014 after a distinguished career spanning almost two decades.

Mr. Vey was a singular driving force for the airport, said Gander International Airport Authority Chairperson Des Dillon.

“We all have heavy hearts after Gary’s sudden passing,” Mr. Dillon said. “Gary and I go way back – we roomed together when I boarded with his parents while attending university in the 60s. The Veys were like family to me. In a professional capacity, he was very dedicated to the Gander International Airport throughout his tenure. He believed deeply in what the airport could become and was committed to bringing that to fruition. He left an indelible mark on Gander Airport and his legacy will endure. Gary will be deeply missed.”

Mr. Vey was succeeded by current CEO Reg Wright, who worked alongside him for 10 years.

“Those of us who worked with Gary understand the depths of his commitment as a champion for Gander Airport. He would never back down in a battle where the airport’s future was at stake. He defied every skeptic and his track record speaks for itself. He was a great leader, a passionate Newfoundlander and a real character. He was tough when the situation demanded it, but warm and generous the rest of the time, especially as a father and grandparent. We only wish he had more time – his passing is much too soon and is too sad to comprehend. Our thoughts are with Gary’s family and loved ones.”

The funeral service is scheduled for 11 am Thursday, December 29 at St. Martin’s Anglican Cathedral.

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