Posted on: 02 June 2011 by Mark Howells
A bright light went out in Barnet, UK, on 29th May when acclaimed aviation technology journalist Brendan “Badger” Gallagher died suddenly at his home.
Widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the IFEC industry, Brendan edited Inflightmagazine and Inflight-Online.comfor several years and remained a good friend to the team. Tributes have been pouring in from all over the world to a man who not only was a great writer, but also much-loved for his kindness and compassion.Larger than life in every way, Brendan’s zest for living was infectious and he was an inspiration to many. An evening in his company left you feeling you could conquer the world, such was his generosity of spirit and ability to see the best in everyone who crossed his path. He was no saint though, and had a wicked sense of humour and a turn of phrase that simply made you smile. He was also evidently devoted to his wife Veronica and “cubs” Meg, Ellie and Cieran.It is easy to eulogise the dead, but Brendan was such a good mentor to newbies coming into aviation journalism that two years ago Bernie Baldwin, editor of Low Fare & Regional Airlines, and Iindependently nominated him for the Decade of Excellence Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award for his consistent helpfulness to new industry entrants.The world is poorer for his passing, but a better place for his having been in it. So it is with a heavy heart I wish you farewell, Badger. Your huge legacy means your multitudes of chums will raise glasses of sarsaparilla to you for decades to come.