The December 6 post from Jack Gartside’s blog, Roccus Writing:
So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish
Sad news. Last evening, after a hospitalization of several weeks, Jack finally lost his protracted battle with lung cancer. He was in bed resting comfortably, attended by friends, with the first snow of the season falling silently outside.
Jack Gartside was my fishing hero. He was a master fly tier, an artist, and in each of his creations the music of his soul was made visible.
His attitude and fishing philosophy inspired me on many levels, not just in tying, and not even just in fishing, but in life. After all, I think to Jack, fishing and living were the same damn thing.