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President & CEO of Lamiglas Dies in Plane Crash
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President & CEO of Lamiglas Dies in Plane Crash

The following was posted on the Lamiglas Facebook page on July 7, 2022. In loving memory of Thomas Posey, President & CEO of Lamiglas. We are saddened to announce Tom’s sudden passing on Tuesday, June 28th, 2022, doing what he loved – flying his airplane. This loss is a tough one for everyone that knows...

Mark Sosin Dead at 88
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Mark Sosin Dead at 88

Legendary fishing writer and television fishing personality Mark Sosin died on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 88 years old. Mark Jessurun Sosin was born on July 7, 1933, in Highland Park, New Jersey. Under the tutelage of his father, he fell in love with fishing as a young boy and...

Ray Scott Dead at 88
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Ray Scott Dead at 88

Ray Scott, the man who founded Fishing Tackle Retailer (FTR) and the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) and forged the modern sportfishing industry died in Montgomery, Alabama, Sunday night of natural causes. He was 88 years old. Born in Montgomery in 1933, Scott’s legend is well known among bass anglers. He was an insurance salesman...

Outdoor Writer Steve Gibson Passes
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Outdoor Writer Steve Gibson Passes

Well-known outdoors writer and conservationist Steve Gibson passed away at his home in Sarasota, Florida, last week. He was 72. Gibson wrote for many outdoors magazines including Florida Sportsman, Gulf Coast Angler, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Saltwater Fly Fishing, The Fisherman, Cabela’s Outdoor Magazine, Paddle World Magazine, Blood Knot Magazine and Florida Fishing Weekly....

BTT Mourns the Loss of Captain Joe Gonzalez
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BTT Mourns the Loss of Captain Joe Gonzalez

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) are deeply saddened by the loss of renowned guide, Captain Joe Gonzalez, a pillar of South Florida’s tight-knit fishing community and a mentor and friend to many. A Florida native, Joe began fishing his home waters at a young age, exploring the Florida Keys and the Bahamas during his summer...

The Passing of a Fly Fishing Legend
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The Passing of a Fly Fishing Legend

Frank Moore, legendary World War II veteran, fly fisherman and champion of the North Umpqua River, died Sunday, just a week before he would have had his 99th birthday. Family members confirmed Moore’s death Monday, saying he died at home surrounded by family Sunday evening. Moore is survived by his wife of 79 years Jeanne...

Dan Gapen, Sr., Passes in St. Cloud, Minnesota at 89
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Dan Gapen, Sr., Passes in St. Cloud, Minnesota at 89

Dan Gapen, Sr., , a famed personality in the fishing industry, passed away recently in St. Cloud, MN at 89. He is survived by his children, Deborah Gapen, Mitchell Gapen, and Sandra Gapen-Dahl; 19 grandchildren; and 38 great grandchildren. In younger years, Dan worked as a fishing and hunting guide. In the late 1960s, he...

South Carolina Deputy Director of Marine Resources Phil Mayer
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South Carolina Deputy Director of Marine Resources Phil Mayer

Phil Maier, a deeply respected and loved member of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) familypassed on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 after enduring an intense case of a rare and aggressive cancer. He served most recently as the Deputy Director for Marine Resources after 30 years in the agency. Philip P. Maier grew...

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Bill Garrity, Tackle Buyer for Dick’s

Bill Garrity, a widely-known and liked icon in the fishing tackle and outdoors industry, passed away last week at 83. Garrity worked his way up from a tackle buyer for the Oscar Robbins Company in Pittsburg, Pa., to become the senior buyer for Dick’s Sporting Goods before he retired in 2006. Bob Steckler, for whom...