UNION, NJ – The Union Knights of Columbus have announced, with deep regret, the passing of one of their newest members, Jeffrey Alino.

According to the Knights post, Jeff was a union resident his whole life.  He was born on January 23, 1984, and graduated from Union High School in 2002. Jeff's dream was to “take to the skies, and be a commercial pilot.”

Alino decided to pursue his dream job and was trained in Aviation studies. He successfully earned his private pilot license and instrument rating by 2010, and received his multi engine commercial and ATP pilot license by 2012. He flew for multiple companies including Delta, Hawaiian and Trans-Pacific Jet.

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Jeff joined the Knights of Columbus council three months ago, and though he was only there for a short amount of time he always came to the council with a smile and sharing his amazing stories and experiences as a pilot, said the Knights post.

“Unfortunately, Jeff was the co-pilot who lost his life in the recent Tetersboro Airport crash this past Monday,” read the posting.  “Jeff was a true family man who loved his mother and his two sisters, and often spoke of how he wanted to buy his mother a retirement home in Texas. Jeff was also a community man; helping elderly neighbors with maintaining their lawns and cleaning their houses whenever he had time off. His family and friends will miss him dearly.”

Jeff's service will be held at the Church of St. Theresa in Kenilworth, NJ on Friday May 26 at 10:00 a.m. “Please come out and see off one of our newest brothers.”