|It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Bob Price, beloved husband and life-partner of Ruth, close personal friend to me and of many others. Bob left us on July 2, 2018, following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. We would have celebrated his 75th birthday in August. A long-time member of the Flycasters of San Jose, he contributed much to the success of the club – he was a quiet force in the world of fly-fishing, which he shared with Ruth, his primary fishing partner. ¬¬|
Bob was easy to like, making friends easily; and he kept them, many for a life time. Friendships were strengthened more so after meeting Ruth. They were a great team whether it was fishing, travelling or working. Their home was inviting and their fishing trips were great fun to be on – you were especially privileged to be included.
Bob was a fisherman’s fisherman; he was patient, rarely ever showing anger; he was kind and generous with just about everyone. He valued the fish he caught and treated them with gentle kindness too. Bob loved to fish for just about anything, fresh or salt, especially if it involved fly-fishing. His favorite venue was fishing the salt water flats of Florida; but he fished many famous destinations in Mexico and other’s in Central America. He loved fly-fishing for stripers in the California delta and on the San Luis Reservoir system; steelhead and salmon were no strangers to Bob either. He made his fifth and final trip to Pyramid Lake for giant cutthroat trout this past March, bringing four to hand, high rod for the day with screaming wind and low temps making it tough – and all while still undergoing chemotherapy – still fighting hard! Bob loved any fish that would eat a fly, from panfish to billfish and he just about caught them all during his long angling career.
Bob was Treasurer of the Flycasters club; a member of the Board-of-Directors and he taught several well-received knots and rigging classes based on the works of the late, Bill Nash. He was an excellent teacher – clear and patient. He especially liked club fishouts and went on many over the years. He was always available and willing to help a newcomer, to get them properly started to ensure their success even if it meant sacrificing some of his own fishing time.
Bob also worked for the San Jose Fly shop, was well-liked by its patrons and fellow workers. He was always helpful to anyone who needed a hand.
Bob fought the good fight to the very end against a horrendous disease. He will be missed by so many.
May he rest in peace; and have many hard grabs, long pulls and screaming reels.
There are no memorial services scheduled now for Bob but a Celebration-of-Life gathering is planned for sometime in September/October. Ruth will make the announcement via her ‘Update Bob’ mailing list. And I will post the information here when the date is decided.
If you wish to donate in Bob’s name, I am sure he would choose the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or PanCAN.
At the top of the homepage is a DONATE NOW button to click and it takes you to a secure place to do the online donation.
OR mail to:
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
1500 Rosecrans Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
OR an organization dear to your heart is perfectly fine.
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