By Nikki Gaskinsngaskins@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)A fun, loving family man and a power house of a businessmanthat's how friends describe one of the pilots, Patrick Eudy, 44, killed in Thursday's plane crash.
The Mount Pleasant man died after his small plane went down near McClellanville. Also on the plane was 69-year-old Robert Ulrich, A flight instructor from Idaho.
Friends say Eudy was on a short instructional flight to Georgetown on Thursday as part of his recertification for flying. They say his sudden death comes as a surprise but at least he died doing what he loved.
"Anyone who knows him knows he had an infectious personality to be around," said Hunter Stunzi, one of Eudy's close friends.
Eudy came from humble beginnings in Raleigh, North Carolina and eventually became the CEO and president of American Broadband Communications headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina. He was also a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Stunzi says Eudy moved to the Charleston area several years ago to be closer to the ocean.
"He bought a beautiful, 42 foot racing boat that we've taken all throughout the Caribbean and all sorts of major events," stated Stunzi.
Along with his love for the water, Eudy, according to friends, loved to fly.
"Pat was a very skilled aviator. He had thousands and thousands of hours of experience," described Stunzi.
And it's because of Eudy's experience as a pilot is what makes the fatal plane crash for Stunzi difficult to understand.
"This can't be operator error because he was a very calculating, very intelligent individual," stated Stunzi. "Pat's a larger than life guy. We all think of him as this invincible, bullet-proof character."
Friends say whether he was planning a new adventure to the Bahamas or a trip to Europe--he was a man with a big smile and lived life like there was no tomorrow.
"He wanted to be around people and he wanted to make sure everyone that was with him was always having a good time," said Stunzi. "He owns several communications companies and really in the truest sense is a self-made man."
Mike Buckley says he and Eudy became close friends after serving together on the same sailing team.
"We did a lot of sailing in Miami, Florida. We sailed in Europe. He's done a lot of yacht racing over the last five years," said Eudy. "He's probably packed more into three years of fun than what most people pack into a lifetime."
Friends say Eudy owned a home on Kiawah Island but recently moved to Mount Pleasant, calling The Tides home.
As they come to grasp with Eudy's sudden loss, they say the impact he left behind will last a lifetime.
"He was a philanthropist. He donated money to Charleston Day School and Charleston Yacht Club," stated Stunzi. "Out of all the people I've met in my life with and crossed paths with, Pat Eudy was truly one of the best guys I ever met."
Eudy Leaves behind four young children.