Lt. Colonel James G. Sovich
(1948 – 2018)
Lt. Colonel James G. Sovich USAF (Ret.) of Destin, Florida and formerly of North Hampton, New Hampshire passed away peacefully on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2018 with his loving wife Helene and daughter Emily at his side.
Jim was born Aug. 7, 1948 in Yonkers, New York to Frank and Agnes (Fedush) Sovich, the fourth of five siblings, all military veterans. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1970 with a BA degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the USAF. After graduating from pilot training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi, he was assigned as a fighter pilot in the F-4 Phantom and flew that aircraft on assignments in Southeast Asia and Europe accumulating approximately 4,000 flying hours. Later in the AF Reserve, he transitioned to the F-16A Falcon in which he logged 700 hours. He was a graduate of many military combat schools and courses including the Air Force Fighter Weapons Course, the Air Force’s “”Top Gun”” fighter pilot school. He will always be remembered in his military aviation circles as “”a fighter pilot’s fighter pilot.””
Upon leaving active military service in 1978, he started his civilian aviation career with American Airlines as a flight engineer and after 30 years of service retired in 2008 as a B-777 Captain. He was extremely active in American’s pilot union, the Allied Pilots Association (APA), serving in many capacities including as its President from 1994-1997.
In addition to his wife, Helene Sovich of Destin, Florida, he is survived by his daughter, Emily Michaud (Joe) of Milton, New Hampshire and son, Thomas Sovich (Lizzy) of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He relished his time at Little Ossipee Lake in Waterboro, Maine with his grandchildren, Elise Marie Trepanier and Maverick James Michaud of Milton, New Hampshire.
Jim also leaves three brothers, Lt. Col Francis A. Sovich, USAF (Ret’d) (Margaret) of Warrensburg, Missouri, Lt. Col John M. Sovich, USAF (Ret’d) (Jane) of Hampton, New Hampshire and Lt. Col Joseph A. Sovich, USAF, (Ret’d) (Patricia) of Litchfield Park, Arizona. In 2017, he was predeceased by his sister, Captain Patricia A. Sovich, NC, USN (Ret’d) of Silverdale, Washington. He leaves many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 307 Beach Drive, Destin, Florida. A recitation of the Rosary will precede the mass at 1 p.m.
Interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery where his sister, Pat is interred. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Jim’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project or another veteran’s group of the donor’s choice.
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth…put out my hand, and touched the face of God. (John Gillespie Magee)
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Apr. 1, 2018
Sovich, James G. [MC1970]
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