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Capt. Ron Murphy Stray Cat Hyannis Harbor, Massachusetts
Your tribute to my husband touched my heart and summed up his incredibly full life and yours. We placed his ashes in the rip at the north end of Block Island, just as he had requested. Four of his mates were on board Capt. Charlie Donilon’s Snappa and participated in a moving goodbye.
Daryl Anne Anderson
I had the good fortune of calling Al a friend over the past 50 years, though my first encounter was not all that cordial. Tempers flared and words were exchanged, but after I calmed down and bought Al a new wire/ umbrella rig, the foundation was laid for a friendship that included fishing the “Rip” with him and a group of my Connecticut pals, catching and tagging many bass.
Bill Sisson’s words about Al are spot on and do justice to the kind of person and fisherman he will always be remembered as. Al did not suffer fools, but if you held up to his standard of judgment you were quite fortunate. The last time I saw Al in all his glory was in the Thames River, where he was trolling mini umbrellas and tagging bass.
I was running a tug on the railroad bridge replacement project, and as he approached my stern I yelled down to him something about paying attention and watching what he was doing. I got him good, because until I told him it was me, I could see him start to go into Capt. Al mode. We had a great laugh, and it is a memory I hold close.
You either liked him or you didn’t — and I think the feeling was mutual. Not only did I like Al, but I will never forget his skills as a fisherman and a person.
Capt. Ed Everich Charlestown, Rhode Island