A Life Lived in the Sky

The Happy Hudson Valley team would like to mimic the sentiments of our fellow publishers at the Sentinel and the Orange County Post who put together a heartfelt public and printed thank you to Ciprian Marius Ivascu for his community involvement. On August 2, 2014 Marius was in a tragic plane crash that took him away from his wife of one year, family, friends and his adoring fans. Marius was originally born in Romania, and was introduced to the wonderful world of flight at an early age by his mother. 

Marius was a certified pilot and a mechanic. He was also a member of the USA Parachute National Team from 2010-2013. His first jump was in 1996 and since then he had over 8,000 skydives and over 4,800 tandem jumps. Marius competed in the World Parachute Championships in Dubai in 2012, the World Cup in Dubai in 2011 and competed in the World Cup for accuracy in Slovenia. Marius also competed in five US Skydiving Nationals since 2007 with numerous medals as an individual athlete and with the team. Marius has also been the accuracy landing coach of the West Point Military Academy Parachute team since 2010.

Marius was also known for delivering the ball to the Hudson Valley Renegades for their opening night pitch. For us here at HHV and at the Sentinel and Orange County Post he will be most remembered for helping to surprise two families at the Newburgh Relay for Life, in 2013 and 2014, graciously giving his time to make a special delivery of a teddy bear to the Jr. Grand Marshals. We are grateful that Theresa Dering and the publishers of the aforementioned paper shared some photos from those jumps so they could be incuded in today's post. 

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Heather and both of their families during this difficult time.

It's an honor to have met you, Marius. We'll never forget your dive from the sky. 

Article details courtesy of Pamela Leignadier.

Photos courtesy of Theresa Dering.

Check out this heartwarming video shared on the Marius Ivascu Memorial Facebook Page