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Old 02-01-2011, 04:53 PM
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Since I've come to view participants on this forum as a sort of extended fishing family, I wanted to share news of my father's passing this past weekend. He was 101 years of age, passed peacefully and relatively pain-free, and was in possession of his mental faculties right to the end. I was participating in the Fly Fishing Show in Raleigh when word reached me, and somehow I think he would have liked the fact that pursuit of my consuming passion coincided with his passing.

I owe his a lasting debt of gratitude for a lot of things, not the least of which was introducing me to the wonderful world of the outdoors. He allowed me to venture out on streams (mainly Deep Creek and Indian Creek) from the age of 12. That is something which would certainly not happen in today's world. He marveled at the fact that what he styled my "marvelously misspent" life hunting and fishing could actually provide a source of income, modest though it may be, and took quiet pride in the fact that his son had fished for trout in so many parts of the world. He was also a link to the past, having known Fred Hall, the great old-time fly tyer, quite well and Frank Young even better; having fished with mountains icons like Levi Haines and Alvin "Little Man" Miller; having accompanied Mark Cathey on one of his last fishing trips; having grown up on the headwaters of Juneywhank Branch in what is now the Park; and much more.

I plan to recognize his contributions and celebrate his life, as will my brother, in a service on Saturday. Afterward, weather permitting, those of us in the family who are physically able will bushwhack to the old home place above Juneywhank Falls, pause to ponder his life, and drink a toast to him from the old spring which is still rocked in as it was a century ago. Come spring, I'll take his old South Bend Tonkin cane rod and cast in his favorite pool in Deep Creek. I may or may not catch a trout, but I'll guarantee I will hook and land some memories.

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Old 02-01-2011, 05:23 PM
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Terribly sorry to hear of this. God bless. Regards, Silvercreek
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:12 PM
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Sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers with your family this week.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:31 PM
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Very sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:51 PM
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sorry to hear about your loss jim....prayers will be with you and your family...
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I am sorry for your loss. God bless.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:22 PM
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Jim, yours and Don's being such diligent caregivers in your father's last months speaks volumes about your love for the gentleman. Sadly, many elders are not afforded such caring and sacrifice. My prayers are with you and your family.

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Old 02-01-2011, 07:25 PM
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My deepest condolences to you and your family. You are all in my prayers. And what a wonderful way to honor your father's legacy.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:27 PM
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Jim,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like you have much more than a 101 great memories. I am glad you had that much time to enjoy your dad's friendship. My dad died at 69, but I have great memories as well. I know you will always celebrate his life.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:55 PM
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Mr. Jim,
My condolences in your loss....

Take comfort in the fact that your Father is Fishing in some pretty good Trophy waters about now, with the Finest Fishing Guide there will ever be.

Prayers for your family.
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