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Remembering Pilot Timothy Johnson

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It is with a great sense of loss that we share the tragic news of a plane crash that took the life of longtime Pilots N Paws Pilot Timothy E. Johnson of Florida. Tim had been flying Pilots N Paws rescue missions since June, 2009. He was not on a rescue mission at the time of this flight.

He is pictured here on his very first PNP flight to save a Basset named Kroozer. Those who worked on this transport remember Tim’s excitement for his first rescue mission.

Tim’s wife, Carly, flew this first mission with him.

Tim was a wonderfully sweet man. His generosity and kindness made him a dedicated pilot who was devoted to saving the lives of the animals he flew. Those who knew Tim took comfort in his refreshing sense of humor. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, and we hope that they find comfort in knowing what a positive impact Tim had on so many people and animals.

We invite you to extend your condolences and offer your heartfelt sympathy by using the link below to sign his guestbook.


The world has lost someone very special. We are fortunate to have had such a compassionate young man fly for our organization. Tim will long be remembered by the Pilots N Paws community for his selfless volunteerism.

33 thoughts on “Remembering Pilot Timothy Johnson”

  1. Don Kendrick says:

    Rest in Peace, Tim. You were doing a noble thing helping animals get to their forever home. Something I aspire to do someday. Our prayers go out to your family.

  2. Jennifer DiCola says:

    RIP Tim – you soar with the angels now – you earned your wings.

  3. Jacqui says:

    Deepest sympathy to the family of this fine young man. May he rest in peace. The world has lost a “good guy”… and friend to animals.

  4. zarqa says:

    God blesses us with special people. sometimes he sends his angels. these are the ones, i believe, who are generous gentle souls that leave too soon. God took his angel back. Don’t be sad too long. Celebrate his life. He is back with God now.

  5. A Berry says:

    Thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to this wonderful soul! You will be missed and the Lord will reward your humane efforts and sacrifices! God Bless you and you family!

  6. R McL says:

    Your help transporting animals will not be forgotten. God bless you. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this time of need.

  7. Erika says:

    R.I.P. Tim. I didn’t know you but it takes a good-hearted person to do a job like you did. It just shows what kind of person you were :)
    My condolences to your family and friends

  8. Victoria says:

    We have lost a truly good person and advocate for dogs. How lucky we all were to have had Tim’s presence here. He accomplished much and we are grateful.

  9. So sorry for the loss of a good man and animal rights supporter! R. I. P.!! says:

    R.I.P.!! Always terrible when good people are taken! May he find a comfortable place across the rainbow bridge! Sympathy to the family!!

  10. Barabara Henagar says:

    True Heroes are rare these days and now they are even more so. RIP Timothy and Thank you for a job well done.

  11. Marie Leonard says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of such a wonderful young man, who gave so much to help rescue animals. My deepest condolences to his loved ones. He will be remembered in my prayers.

  12. Sue Tallis says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all of his family ,Tim may R.I.P.

  13. Nellie Hayes says:

    God Bless you all and comfort you in your time of great sorrow. What a an exceptional person he obviously was. <3

  14. Ted Holstein says:

    Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to Carly, as well as Tim’s family and friends. We first met Tim and Carly in June 2009 on our very first mission for PNP…ironically, it was Tim and Carly’s first mission that day as well (Still remember taking that picture shown above of the two of them and Kroozer). We met them in Jacksonville, FL and flew Kroozer (Leg 2) up to Whiteville, NC where fellow PNP volunteer pilot, Marty Hutto, took over for Leg 3. Tim will be missed! Here is the link from our blog of that day with pictures as a tribute:


    Ted & Kim Holstein

  15. aubree says:

    Thank you for helping the animals.

  16. Jeffrey says:

    Rest in Peace. Hope you will inspire more pilots to help the dogs.

  17. Shafqat Butt says:

    Very sad news for all pets lovers..My heart is crying for him…Rest in peace..

  18. Donna Kelsey says:

    Thoughts and prayers going out for the family. Thank you Tim for everything you’ve done for these angels we save. You will be dearly missed by us all. Rest in Peace Angel Flyer.

  19. Carina Knutas says:

    Rest in peace Jim. Thank you for your fantastc work!My thougts is with your family.

  20. tony & alisa shax says:

    God bless you and rest in peace – prayers to your family – indeed an angel…

  21. susan calcano says:

    RIP dear hero and now an angel. even though I never met you it is obvious your heart was big and loving. Thank you for what you did for our animals.

  22. Dianne Wilkinson says:

    My sympathies to his family for the loss of this wonderful man who will be missed not only by them but those who he helped.

  23. Pani says:

    Rest in peace our humble friend.

  24. Alfredo Vazquez (Global says:

    Dios de misericordia y amor,ponemos en tus manos amorosas a nuestro gran Amigo Timothy’s.En esta vida Tu les demostraste tu gran amor;y ahora que ya estan libres de toda preocupacion, concedele la felicidad y la paz eterna.
    Su vida terrena ha terminado ya; recibelo en el paraiso, en donde ya no habra dolores,ni lagrimas ni penas,sino unicamente Paz y Alegria con Jesus,tu Hijo y con el Espiritu Santo para Siempre.

    Que descanses en Paz.
    Descansa es paz Amigo.

  25. Mike and Ginger Defelice says:

    Our great dane shepherd mix was rescued by Pilots N Paws and adopted through a local foster rescue. Dash was flown from out of state, possibly by Tim. I like to think that if not for him, Dash wouldn’t be at home protecting my family while I am away. Carly, I am very sorry for your loss and you should know such a selfless man will never be forgotten. Tim, thank you for being the hero you are.

  26. Pam says:

    Our condolences to his family, he will be missed. This is so sad.

  27. Carrie Fill says:

    God Bless U Tim for all the work you did in helping animals and now God will take care of you for eternity like you took care of others.

  28. Magda Vazquez says:

    My condolescens go out to Tim’s family. May God and out savior Jesuschrist greetings you with open arms in heaven. Thanks for rea gong out to help dogs in need with PilotsNPaws. God bless!

  29. Jan Hill says:

    RIP Tim. You were an angel here on earth to all the animals you flew to new homes. Soar high and watch over them from Heaven. The world has lost a great man. Carly, I am so sorry for your loss.

  30. Deb Novinski says:

    So sorry for your loss! Praying for his family. May he rest in piece.

  31. Christie Brooks says:

    You have earned your “real wings” now – bless you for all you have done for the ones that can’t tell you themselves. You are a beautiful gem and you will be missed. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  32. Stephen Gula says:

    It was always a pleasure to work and socialize with Tim. He was an extremely bright and helpful engineer. He had a great sense of humor and always made those around him comfortable.
    May God Bless Tim and his family.

  33. Marty Hutto says:

    What a tragic loss! Rest in peace Tim. Your contributions leave a lasting memory in this community. I carried Kroozer on the last leg of his journey. I didn’t know at the time that it was Tim’s first PNP transport. We have lost a member of our PNP family. Tim, you will be missed by all of us. Clear skies on your climb to heaven.

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