Jeffrey Clay, captain of Comair Flight 5191, was a dedicated family man, said Carol Turek, his next-door neighbor.
“His wife and his kids were the No. 1 priority,” said Turek, who was his neighbor for 41/2 years.
“I can’t believe he’s gone.”
Clay, 35, was one of two Comair crew members killed in yesterday’s crash at Blue Grass Airport. A third was critically injured.
He has been a Comair employee since November 1999 and a captain since 2004. He was based at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Clay is survived by his wife, Amy, and two daughters, Shelby, 2, and Sarah, 3 months. He lived in Burlington in Northern Kentucky, but was originally from Vineland, N.J.
A woman who answered the phone at Clay’s home said the family has no comment, but will be issuing a statement.
Turek said she spoke with Clay’s wife soon after news of his death was released.
“She’s in shock,” Turek said.
Clay loved doing gardening and the two of them would often discuss the flowers and plants they planned to grow, Turek said.
Clay used to take Shelby to the two rose bushes in his front yard, Turek said. The two would often clip a couple of roses and take them into the house, she said.
“You couldn’t ask for a better person to know,” Turek said.
Clay was easygoing and was always smiling, Turek said. “He was a good person. I’ll miss him a lot. I surely will miss him.”