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TheOcean
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
Sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great guy/poster.

Fitting that his last post was a good morning post in the GMT.


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SmackoverHawg
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
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I got to meet your dad at the EJW auction several years ago when he donated the pirogue. Great person. Prayers for your family



And I still have and treasure that pirpgue. Meet your dad on here but in person at the auction. I haven't posted much on here in awhile, but the OB is still my TD home.
I need to get back on. Probably more now than ever. By chance, I just used your dad's pirogue from the auction for what end up being my last duck hunt with my own father. Just over 2 weeks ago, we killed a couple limits of mallards at out little local honeypot here in Smackover. That pirogue has been might handy in that swampy paradise. Just 2 days later, both my dad and I were diagnosed with COVID. Both being healthcare providers, we were exposed daily and knew the risk. Fortunately, I kicked it's arse in a couple days with some HCQ/zinc, marlboro reds, jameson's, and mf'ing Swiss Miss hot chocolate. My father however had worsened to the point that not even intubation was helping and he is on an ECMO device to circulate blood and oxygen to his body while bypassing his lungs. He coded just before the procedure, but survived. His prognosis is grim, but not zero. I'll treasure that hunt, your dad's friendship (as well as others on this board), and that pirogue and what it represents forever.

Keep my dad in y'alls prayers. It's in the Lord's hand now and he has helped me with this even before it occurred. My path and mind is clear, my soul is at peace and I know for a fact I was able to help my dad make full peace with the Lord while he still could. Although I want him to beat this, I'm prepared for the fact that he probably won't and at peace. Anything else is lagniappe.


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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
He was a great poster. Very sorry for your loss.


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Spankum
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
Smack, you and your dad will be in my prayers tonight...


slickbrudda38
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
sorry for your lost


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SmackoverHawg
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
Thank you. And I didn't mean to detract from Fish's celebration of his life on here, but him an his pirogue did by chance factor into me and Dad's most recent trip. We've had some positive changes in the last 24 hours that have improved his prognosis. It's still critical, but with the prayers we have seen as much improvement as we could hope for reversing a 2plus week trend of nothing but a downhill slide. I'm gonna start posting on the OB thread and speaking of the auction, when Jason's (Josey Wales) dad was thanking me for my donation, we chatted and he asked me to promise him one thing. I did but I haven't fully kept it. He asked me to enjoy each day, don't get too caught up in work, business and money and to live each day as if I was going to end up in his son's shoes. I full well intended to, but life happened and I dropped off the OB board and let work and business keep me out of the woods and off the water like I used to. Someone posted on here awhile back about that auction and it triggered in me the memory of that promise. I acted on it and if all of that hadn't happened and I didn't make Jason's dad that promise. Plus it triggered a little quilt about not using that pirogue like I planned, I don't think I would've hunted with dad that day. I was tired, busy and had my plate full. He called and asked cause he didn't want to go alone and it just all came together. I knew I had to go and something in my head said, "you never know what tomorrow brings". We had a great hunt, killed two limit of mallards finished off with gaddies and a couple of woodies by 7:30am. Dad cooked us a helluva pot of duck gumbo that night and we popped a bottle of some 25 yo glemorangie I'd gotten him for Christmas and finally got to smoke our cigars I'd gotten us when my grandson and his great grandson was born 9-10-20. If it ends up being our last day together, I don't think I could've scripted it better. And I don't know that without that auction, Jason's dad's words, and that pirogue fish built that it would've happened. So thank you guys new and old. And the OB is my family, especially you guys from the golden days of the OB. I still have my original OB huggies btw. But the 10 cases of miller lite you guys delivered with the pirogue have been long arse gone. I love you guys and keep us in you prayers as we will for Fish and family.


SmackoverHawg
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
Condolences, but I'm gonna have to tell off on your pop now that he's gone.

Prior to the auction we'd talked a lot on here about his CHF and prognosis. Actually, we first interacted on the OT one late arse night and got to chatting. They'd delivered a poor prognosis and told him he only had about 3-4 months to live. After getting more details, I told him that was bull shite and if everything he was telling me was correct and I wasn't missing anything, then they were either full of shit, ignorant or both. I was right and he got another opinion and shite got better. That was well before the auction...maybe a year or two. We'll we chatted even more on the OB here and he was a little down about not being able to "perform" for your mom due to side effects of meds and his doctors told him he could take any of those "magic blue pills" because of xyz. Once again, I got more details and had him send me some info and reviewed some records to make sure I didn't misinform him, but once again they were wrong. They still wouldn't help the man out.

Roll ahead just a bit and the auction came up. I wasn't his physician so I couldn't prescribe him the medicine he wanted, and needed. And we both agreed that worst case...he dies giving it to you mom one last time and that would be the way he'd wanna go anyway. (Sorry, but true...I know it's your parents but your dad was a MAN and and damn fine man and a man should get to make his own damn decisions if the risks are known). Sooooooo....at the auction I met him and your mom and agreed that this man deserved some help and I hooked him up with enough samples...off the book...to enjoy for YEARS!!!!! And they did. That's been our little secret until now and I have his permission to tell off.

So let it be known on the OB, that as of at least 2 years ago, if not sooner, Ol' Fishfighter could still lay the wood as well as any of you young bucks despite the bad heart and other shite. He might've needed a little assistance, but he was still swinging a big arse hammer!! And he died a happy man.
RIP Fish...I told you I couldn't keep a secret forever!!!

ETA-don't understand the downvotes but if the family finds it offensive, that wasn't my intention. I will delete it.
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jimbeam
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Remember that the internet is forever


SmackoverHawg
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
I do and there's pictures on here of me shitting on a bucket in a deer blind. IDGAF. I don't post anything I wouldn't want in my obituary. I'm a man with no shits to give. You should know that!!!


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kywildcatfanone
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
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Keep my dad in y'alls prayers. It's in the Lord's hand now and he has helped me with this even before it occurred. My path and mind is clear, my soul is at peace and I know for a fact I was able to help my dad make full peace with the Lord while he still could. Although I want him to beat this, I'm prepared for the fact that he probably won't and at peace.


Wow. Prayers for him and your family during this time.


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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
My thoughts are with you. When you feel wind on your neck, it is him letting you know he is with you. God Bless.


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SmackoverHawg
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
Any downvoters in this thread...well. This isn't the place. I knew Fish as well or better than most all of y'all. If I posted something, I have zero doubt he approved. We have joked about it for YEARS. I didn't mean to detract from his thread in any way. Just giving a story and sharing old times.

I can assure you, my online persona is not in this thread. I'll treasure the pirogue he built even more with his passing. So I know fish is watching and concurs. Any haters can kiss our hairy white asses. RIP Fish.


fishfightersdaughter
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
Once again thank y’all so much. Mom and I are taking it day by day. I can see why he loved you guys so much, all of the well wishes and stories are awesome. My dad would never go to a “shrink” in a million years, I appreciate you being his therapy over the years.


SmackoverHawg
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
Prayers and condolences. He lived a helluva life and as you see, made an impact on countless others.


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Spankum
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
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He asked me to enjoy each day, don't get too caught up in work, business and money and to live each day as if I was going to end up in his son's shoes.


I think that is a promise that we could all benefit from following....in fact it will be my new year’s resolution!


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Cubssfan
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
Fishfightersdaufhter,

I was really saddened to read about your father’s passing, but so happy that he got to slip away peacefully after a wonderful time together with his family.

I am a longtime lurker on the ODB. I rarely, if ever, post on this forum. But, fishfighter was always one of my favorite posters on here, someone who I aspired to be more like. I never met him, but a very good friend of mine had the pleasure of taking part in one of the pirogue builds. I always thought that was one of the coolest things anyone could have ever done for his fellow ODB’ers.

My prayer is that my sons will be able to express half of the love, admiration and respect that you shared about your Dad when my time comes. **They are both teenagers now, so I’ve got a ways to go with that. ;-)

Prayers for your Mom and the entire family as y’all carry on the legacy that he left behind.


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SmackoverHawg
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
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Fishfighter


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I only pray when it is time for me that I have the love Jason has passed on to others. 12/17/2013


Prayers answered friend. But I know your reading it. And the pirogue is still top notch.


dirtsandwich
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
My condolences to you and your family. I read the good morning thread on the OT most days and your father was in there a lot. He seemed like a great guy as your post and the others here prove to be true.

R.I.P.


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bulldog95
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re: Sad news about my dad -fishfighter
RIP fish glad you’re pain free now.

I had many a conversation on here with him and in threads where he dished out his humor and wisdom.

Always sad to see a fellow outdoorsman, father, husband, and all around good guy pass but also happy he doesn’t have to worry about doctors, hospitals, and is now pain free



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lsuson
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RIP fishfighter


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