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Fay later moved to San Francisco where he established a business manufacturing housewares. In 946 he purchased an Ercoupe Plane for his own use, and resumed flying for sport, then joined the Early Birds in 1948. Fay passed away at San Francisco September 29, 1961 at age 71, survived by his wife and one son. Burial was in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California. He was a lifelong member of the Elks and the United States Naval Aviation Reserves. He was not an F.A.1. Licensed Pilot. Flying Pioneer - Early Bird Charles Fay was one of the small group of the Thomas Brothers student aviators who continued in the company employment for some time and assisted in their overall aviation accomplishments. He must also be remembered as an active instructor, which contributed toward aviation programs. FROM THE FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE
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