Come to Johnny!

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Con­ta­gious laugh­ter

JOHN WIL­SON was not just a great an­gler, but also a na­ture lover and su­perb pho­tog­ra­pher. His en­thu­si­asm and laugh­ter was con­ta­gious and im­mense. It’s a mas­sive loss to an­gling. Ali Parker

I LOVED watch­ing him as a kid. Even now, at 40 years old, I still say “Come to Johnny!” when reel­ing a fish in.

Ben Boycee El­lis

Met on hon­ey­moon

IT SEEMS like only yes­ter­day that my wife and I met John in his tackle shop in Nor­wich on our hon­ey­moon, boat­ing on the Broads. That was just over 25 years ago.

At the time he was re­pair­ing a rod, but put it down and left it just to speak to us.

IT’S A sad day to hear that one of our most gifted and ded­i­cated an­glers is now headed for God’s end­less and open wa­ters in the sky.

John’s sense of ad­ven­ture was only sur­passed by his pas­sion for fish­ing, of­ten shar­ing his spe­cial laugh­ter openly and hon­estly to ev­ery­one around him, wher­ever his ex­plo­ration took him.

John spent many days here in Canada’s beau­ti­ful Fraser Val­ley, and we shared the ex­pe­ri­ences to­gether, telling the sto­ries (some of them true), as an­glers do when seek­ing elu­sive species in Bri­tish Columbia wa­ters.

John was a cre­ative and tal­ented fisher. His sto­ries were doc­u­mented in a spe­cial way, and that will be re­flected on for­ever, into the fu­ture.

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