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Old 03-27-2007, 12:50 PM   #1
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I just received a PM from Waterdog that Willie passed away this morning.

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Old 03-27-2007, 12:54 PM   #2
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Gods Speed Willie. It is a sad day..........
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:12 PM   #5
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Wille was a man that was truly larger than life, your influence will be forever remembered.




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Old 03-27-2007, 01:15 PM   #6
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We've lost one of the truly great ones, he will sorely be missed.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:16 PM   #7
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A legend that will live forever. One of the truely great ones.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:21 PM   #9
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I will think of him often. A true Northwest legend and beyond. My thoughts go out to his family.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:24 PM   #10
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As he told Mark Freeman..."Somebody had to be Willie, it may as well have been me."

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Old 03-27-2007, 01:25 PM   #11
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:29 PM   #12
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Sorry to hear that. Saw the Hogs and Dawgs giveaway boat (that Willie donated) this morning and wondered how he was doing.

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Old 03-27-2007, 01:30 PM   #13
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RIP Willie, but raise a little heII while you are there! The first fish is yours this year.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:30 PM   #14
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The passing of a true Northwest legend.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:31 PM   #15
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:34 PM   #16
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:36 PM   #17
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Great guy, BIG LOSS. What a character bigger than life guy.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:39 PM   #18
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:47 PM   #19
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What a loss. If you see my Gramps Willie take him fishing you will both have a blast.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:52 PM   #20
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:55 PM   #21
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:01 PM   #22
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RIP Willie, your legacy will never be forgotten.
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:09 PM   #23
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:10 PM   #24
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Willie Fish God Speed. Your family is in my prayers and your memories in my heart. You built me my first boat as a guide and bought me my first drink at the Ship Ashore after a day fishing the Smith during the Derby.

You were always a special breed. A Northwest icon on the waterways.

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Old 03-27-2007, 02:46 PM   #26
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:50 PM   #27
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:54 PM   #28
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I think if you own a Willie Boat, and I do.. It would be good idea to go outside and pour a beer on it. I think he might like that. I own alot of stuff and its the favorite thing I own. Its taken me more places with more people for more good times than any single thing I have.
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:55 PM   #29
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RIP.

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Old 03-27-2007, 03:22 PM   #30
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Godspeed old friend. See you on the other side.
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:23 PM   #31
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:24 PM   #32
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:26 PM   #33
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God Speed, Willie. Your legacy lives on in all the fishing lives you've touched so deeply, mine included.
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:27 PM   #34
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Not to worry. By now he's probably running a drift boat down the River of Life, fishing for golden trout.
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:28 PM   #35
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Rest In Peace Willie.....thanks for everything.

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Old 03-27-2007, 03:39 PM   #36
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just yesterday i had to go to medford and as i drove past his shop i caught myself thinking " i wonder how he is doing".

may they all be biters and unable to throw the hook
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:04 PM   #37
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Willie, simply the Best.
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:08 PM   #38
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:19 PM   #39
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RIP, Willie, RIP.
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Gee, thanks, Willie.

Playing jokes on me, again!

I mispelled his name... so not only did I have to edit the first post, but every single one of them after that, since the title got copied again and again! Then, on top of that, you have to click TWICE to edit the title! Argh.

I misspelled Illingworth "Illingsworth".

Somehow, I bet he got a real kick out of that one. Huh, Willie?

He makes me smile, even today. Smile, and growl a little, too.

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Old 03-27-2007, 04:27 PM   #41
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:28 PM   #42
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Willie, peace be with you.
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:37 PM   #43
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RIP Willie
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:40 PM   #44
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No Matter and I will tipping back the shot glasses for him tonight. Both of us own his boats.
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:43 PM   #45
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IN MEMORY OF WILLIE:

LORD. I LOVE A DRIFTBOAT By Dennis Dobson - Oregon Outdoors

The timeless, rhythmic slap of oars on water, the happy gurgling glug of the river as it dances beneath and around a slowly moving hull, capricious yet controlled; the boat slicing the current like a blunt knife in hot oil only to have the river seal itself again as if the boat had never been. The early morning chant of river birds and the quiet conversations, muffled by fog, mist or rain, of anglers rigging rods in the false-dawn glow of another early morning. Lord, I love a driftboat.
Watching each day, and being an integral part of, the season's change from winter's cold and wet to summer's heat and back again. Watching as the leaves turn first green then russet then drop silently to carpet the river bank or float silently downstream to who knows where. Playing my necessary and timeless role in the subtle shift from season to season, salmon to steelhead to trout, as the calendar notches up yet another year on the river. Yet another year in the life of an angler. Lord, I love a driftboat.
Shivering and nearly hypothermic, huddled quaking inside my aluminum cocoon in a drenching December rain or scorched, almost parboiled, by a sweltering August sun. Fighting a thirty-knot wind so cold water freezes in the rod's guides and they must be thawed by hand before the next cast. Bailing yet another two inches of rain out of the boat as one more shower, brief but biblically determined, passes overhead. The sheer joy of a perfect, postcard picture day in June whether the fish are biting or not. Lord, I love a driftboat.
Cradled in the rower's seat, as if cupped by a friendly familiar hand, the oars merely an extension of my arms, my will, myself. Knowing, without thinking, which run to take; which line through a treacherous stretch of water will bring me safely to its end. The concrete thump of an unseen rock smashing loudly, alarmingly, suddenly against the hull reminding me that next time I might want to think about the run before drifting it. Lord, I love a driftboat.
Knowing that today's conversations with a new and unknown crew are simply an extension of yesterday's and a harbinger of tomorrow's; that jokes told by one angler are echoed by another on some far and distant river in a language I'll never learn. Watching as my passengers, whether novice or pro, hunch their backs and quiver, like anxious bird dogs on point, waiting for a rod to kiss the river; proof-positive that yet another fish has taken the bait. Lord, I love a driftboat.
Realizing each morning that I still get just as excited when a fish hits as I did the first time a salmon or a steelhead ever graced my line. Relearning each and every day that while it is a gift each time I hook a brooding, brightly chromed fish, helping someone else do it is a blessing, a benediction, a prayer to the cosmos answered in brilliant flashes of silver, dusky pink and mottled blue/black. Lord, I love a driftboat.
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A great man, big heart, a legend, and an influence on all our lives. RIP Willie and tight lines.
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That's nice, Roguesteelheader. I love a driftboat... I can relate.
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:06 PM   #48
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Wille, RIP. You will be missed. We are all better that you were here.
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RIP Willie, Thanks for building so many memories.

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RIP Willie, may this trip be with out snags.
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Thank you for everything Willie. A true legend.

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R.I.P. Willie

And like I told you. I won't tell everybody about our adventure at Good Time Charlies. Just those that would appreciate the story.
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I will have more then my old red Willy boat to miss now.. Rest in peace Willy
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See you on the other side Willie, RIP.
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I learned in earlier posts on his condition and news articles that he was planning and paying for his own wake. Does anyone know if he made it? Boy, I sure hope so.

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Here is my last photo of Willie on the Rogue last April one of the last times he was on the Rogue he was with Jim Bittle and Bill Urie rolling shot with fly rods for Steelhead.
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I learned in earlier posts on his condition and news articles that he was planning and paying for his own wake. Does anyone know if he made it? Boy, I sure hope so.

RIP Willie, thanks for everything.

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Thanks RogueSteelheader. I'm glad he made the party.

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Old 03-27-2007, 07:41 PM   #60
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Default Re: Last cast: Willie Illingworth

Thank you Willie! Your boats inspired me to become the rower I am today. Godspeed to you, and best wishes to your family.
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