In the local news there was news about about an Amazon exec who was killed in a plane crash.
Amazon.com exec killed in Michigan plane crashST. IGNACE, Mich. - A top executive with Amazon.com was one of two men killed in a plane crash late Saturday in northern Michigan, officials confirmed.
Coast Guard crews found the plane wreckage Sunday at about noon after detecting a signal from an emergency locator beacon.
On board the crashed plane was Amazon's web services director, Thomas Phillips, 52, with homes in Kirkland and Mackinac Island, and Joseph Pann Jr., 29, of St. Ignace.
Unfortunately, I knew the exec from his Microsoft days in Windows Hardware groups.
Tom's latest job at Amazon was.
It is always sad to see a work colleague depart early in their life. Tom was on his way to his second home.
Phillips had a house on the bluffs of Mackinac Island, just five minutes flight time away, an exclusive vacation destination where cars are banned.
Mackinac Island resident Sherri Plutchak said Phillips and his wife and daughters always got together with friends there in December.
"He will be missed," Plutchak said. "A great family."
Longtime colleague Kolb said Phillips "was a linchpin for many among his family, his friends and his church."