Pilot remembered as devoted father, friend

Author: Adrienne Moore, Weekend anchor, reporter, amoore@wjxt.com
Elizabeth Berry, Evening assignment manager, beth@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 10 2013 09:08:35 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 11 2013 06:38:06 AM EST
Michael Huber and his daughters, Abby and Tess Huber
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

For the first time since Michael Huber’s death, one of his oldest friends and former college roommate shared his memories of the 60-year-old Port St. Lucie man.

Huber and his two daughters, Tess and Abigail, were killed when their plane crashed into a Sandalwood neighborhood retention pond Sunday night

Richard Goulding told Channel 4 Tuesday night he’ll never forget his friend Michael, or the love he had for his daughters.  

“He was a great guy, he was devoted to his children,” said Goulding. “Those two girls were his life. They were great because of him. They were. They were just great kids and terrific golfers. They had a lot to look forward to.” 

Goulding said he met Huber in college at the University of Florida and that he knew instantly they would be friends for life.

“I could call Michael and we could talk for hours on the phone and we could talk about anything. Just a great guy, like a brother,” said Goulding.  "Michael was very neat and I was not. So, I had the room downstairs in the dorm and I had roaches, I was nasty, and I just wasn't neat. But Michael prided himself on being so neat.”

The NTSB and the FAA are working to figure out what went wrong Sunday night. Their investigation is expected to take months

Goulding said it is hard to imagine what could have caused the crash, but says the memory of his dear friend will never be far from his heart. 

Goulding told Channel 4 that he’s especially thankful he was able to see Huber recently at a Golf Tournament in Daytona where Goulding said Tess and Abigail both played exceptionally well.

"You have to take every day one day at a time, you know, live life to the fullest and give your family a hug. Never take anything for granted,” said Goulding.