It is with regret I have to announce the sad passing of a friend I held dear. Kevin Green might have been 20 years younger than I but he was a constant inspiration. It is barely 3 months since it was discovered he had an inoperable brain tumor. On Friday 28th June he passed away at the age of 40.
Kev and I first fished together not too long after he left University. We shared a trip to across the pond to fish the mighty St Lawrence River when he was essentially a cub reporter at Angling Times and have remained friends since.
It was Kev who invited me to write regularly for Improve Your Coarse Fishing and my regular diary in there was his idea. He was one of the good guys. Dedicated. Professional. Supportive. Creative. But above all a family man.
Even after his condition was diagnosed as terminal he remained upbeat. I remember ringing him. It took me several days to work up the courage because I already knew. I didn’t know what to say but he was completely positive. We talked about a tench fishing trip together when the weather picked up. Unfortunately it didn’t pick up soon enough. His condition was deteriorating. Good days, bad days. Half days…
We never made it and I feel cheated. That’s selfish on my part, I know. I truly feel for his dad, for Jo, for the kids especially. I lost my own father when I was young, too.
I’ve racked my brains. I cannot think of a single disagreement we had, which is amazing where I’m concerned, I’m not always easy to get along with.
Kev was a great guy. Someone I consider privileged to have called a friend. I will miss him dearly and I’ll cherish the memories of some fabulous times we shared.
Goodbye my friend.