JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A 28-year-old Navy veteran, who just became a grandfather last year, died in a plane crash in the Westside a day after Christmas.
Arron Sterling, 56, and Louis Pasderetz, 27, died after the plane they were flying in suddenly crashed near Herlong Leisure Airport on December 26.
Sterling’s family have said he’s living a good life, but losing him has been devastating.
Sterling also owned Sterling Silver Flyers, LLC. According to public records, he had had the business for four years.
According to his family, Sterling served the country in the United States Navy for 28 years, retiring in 2011 as a lieutenant commander. His career in the navy began at the age of 18. He would become chief and officer after 12 years.
Sterling’s life course brought him to Jacksonville two years ago to work as a project engineer at Naval Station Mayport.
He was killed in a tragic plane crash on December 26. Investigators are still trying to figure out what happened moments before the accident.
For those who knew Sterling, he will be sorely missed. He was loved by many as a son, father, grandfather (his grandchildren affectionately called him Poppy), brother, shipmate, mentor, and friend.
Sterling’s family also said he had never met a stranger and had always lent a hand to help someone with various projects.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Louis Pasderetz also served in the Navy with the 60th Maritime Helicopter Strike Squadron in Jacksonville. He was 27 years old.
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