It is with great regret that we must inform you that Albert Vanden Bemden, whom many of you knew, passed away this afternoon at the age of 88.
Albert was a well known balloonist and long time friend of the CIA, and fervent supporter of the Belgian and the World ballooning community. He was considered the living encyclopaedia of early ballooning, and we will all dearly miss Albert, his kindness and his humorous stories.
Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with his family and with his friends.
Philippe De Cock
President Belgian Balloon Federation
JC Weber, president
FAI Ballooning Commission
Ps: Details for the funeral service and contact address for the family will be announced as soon as they are known.