Goodbye Old Friend

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.

 Me & Kev

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.


6 thoughts on “Goodbye Old Friend

  1. I had dealings with Kevin a few years ago regarding a potential article they wanted to do about myself fishing the River Idle. But my Father passed away at that time and we were not able to do it.

    All I remember about Kevin was that he was a very nice person and a fanatical angler. He will be a big loss to quality angling journalism.

  2. Hi Bob,

    The Trip to the St. Lawrence you mentioned, was a Great One, I had the pleasure to be a Part of it. Still remember the evening at Bernies Ranch while playing Pool and Doping some Sally walking. And the Match between Germany and England …. Hard to Beat. Kevin was a Great Guy and it was a shock that he passed away. RIP .

  3. Only just watched Kevs fishing programs on sky ,
    In such a short time I’ve learnt so much

    Must have been short of a fisherman in heaven

    A belated THANKS

  4. Today I have been watching Improve Your Coarse Fishing on Discovery Shed as I would like to better myself this year as I have been ill the last few years so not much fishing for me. I was happy to learn it was Kevin Green presenting the 2 back to back shows. As you do, I used google to learn more about the man and enjoy being a fan on facebook and the like.
    I am gutted and so sad that we lose another decent man and angler to that rotten cancer. I am only 38 this year, have an illness that isn’t good. Its shown me just how delicate our lives are as well as short.

    God bless Kevin. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

    Tight lines.

    • Kevin was of a similar age to you and I still struggle with the fact we’ll never laugh or fish again together. Cancer is such an indiscriminate and cruel disease. Good luck with your recovery and hopefully you will enjoy some memorable times on the bank this summer.