There are candles burning at the University of Notre Dame.
The candles are in remembrance of two Midstate men who died in a plane crash Thursday in Blair County.
Dr. Stephen Grady, a Camp Hill dentist, is one of the men who died.
“He was a very personable, caring guy,” said Dr. John Ferry, who opened Center Street Family Dentistry with Grady.
Ferry says he became friends with Grady when the two were in dental school together. He said they also spent time together in the Army Reserves.
“He was a likable guy,” Ferry said. “He was very generous to his friends and would do anything for you if you asked.”
The pilot, James Durkin, was best known as a Lancaster County businessman. He helped to start Choice Security Services.
The pair were officers in the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg and were flying from Lancaster Airport to Indiana for a Notre Dame Alumni Association Conference where they were supposed to meet Grady’s son.
“The two were a dynamic duo,” Dauphin County Judge William Tully said. “That’s why it’s hard to imagine going on without them.”
Tully is also a member of the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg. He said the entire Midstate will feel the loss of the two men.
“They were both truly movers and shakers,” Tully said.
University president Rev. John Jenkins released a statement.
“All of us in the Notre Dame family are shocked and saddened by this tragic news,” Jenkins said. “My prayers are with Steve and Jim’s families. We grieve with them and ask for God’s blessings during this time of sorrow.”
The crash is still under investigation.