In Memorandum

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by The Sea Falcon, May 24, 2008.

  1. In Memorandum

    Captain John Visich


    "They say the Sea is cold,

    but the Sea contains the hottest blood of all."

    In Memorandum

    One of my oldest fishing Buddies passed away this spring, his name was Captain John Visich USCG-LIM, we fished together once or twice a year from the early 1980's until last spring (2007), the last time I saw him we were in Fairport Harbor, Ohio for the spring Walleye Tournament, we left the dock at 0430, set up at 0515 and had limited out by 0630, by noon we had boated and released 52 Walleyes, my partner Don Gerow and I were so tired we asked Captain John to take a slow ride back to the dock so we could rest for the drive home.

    Captain John was a unique human being, he had the faults and frustrations we all face from time to time but he would never burden anyone with them, even his best friends of which I considered myself to be one, he was the constant optimist, looked at the bright side all the time even when I could tell he was hurting. He died of cancer in an Ohio VA without ever saying a word about it even though he was told last fall that his time was short.

    John served his country, his community and his fellow man, he drank hard liquor, smoked cigarettes, swore like a sailor, and was one of the best fishermen I have ever had the great pleasure to spend time with.

    One of his favorite expressions was "Who gives a damn if there's eight footers out there, fish don't get seasick, just active".

    My friend, you were a joy to spend time with, I learned from you, respected you, and will remember you till we meet again which is guaranteed, save me a place on the leeward side, it won't be long, life is less worth living now that you have moved on.

    M/Captain Hans Schmidt IV, USMM


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  2. Nice post....and a nice way to show respect for your friend!

  3. Toxic

    Toxic Defensor Fortis

    Captain John sounded like a guy I would have liked. Sorry for your loss.
  4. Gju42486

    Gju42486 Banned

    wow great story and tribute.
  5. ezbite

    ezbite the Susan Lucci of OGF

    sorry for your loss, its always hard when you lose a very good friend.
  6. That was a wonderful tribute to your friend. He sounded like some people I know. Sorry for your loss.