Florida Sportsman's Vic Dunaway Passes

Sam HSam H Posts: 279 Officer
http://www.floridasportsman.com/2012/05/17/florida-sportsmans-vic-dunaway-makes-last-cast/

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Vic Dunaway, an institution in the outdoors journalism world, passed away May 17, still active and sharp witted to the end. He was 81.

Dunaway died peacefully of heart failure at an Ocala hospice facility.

A founding editor of Florida Sportsman in 1969, he also wrote and edited numerous books and had been a highly respected writer and television contributor nationally.

“Vic was the ultimate combination of talents and skills and demonstrated a unique ability to both know how to get the most out of the outdoors and then convey that material to his readers with wit and clarity,” said FS Founder Karl Wickstrom at the magazine’s headquarters in Stuart.

Dunaway’s popular Waterfront View column was a mainstay in Florida Sportsman through last year and he wrote dozens of articles after transitioning his life to Inglis and the Dunnellon area in the ‘90s, returning to the waters and woods of the Central Florida he loved.

“It’s inconceivable that he is gone,” Wickstrom said, “though Vic understood the ways of life and endings and he was at peace. He lives on in the foundations he laid, including the expanded digital enhancements of the Florida Sporstman network.”

“Vic’s guiding spirit is with us all the time,” added FS Publisher Blair Wickstrom.

Victor Alan Dunaway was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Fort Myers, Florida, where he may have been tying fishing knots in the delivery room. He was a journalism graduate of Florida State University and worked for several newspapers before becoming the widely read outdoors editor of The Miami Herald through the ‘60s, prior to the launch of Florida Sportsman.

He is survived by his daughter Mari, two sons, David and Dan, and granddaughter Victoria, whom Mari named after Vic and much loved by him.

Vic asked that his ashes be spread off Cape Sable in the Everglades and that there be no formal service other than a gathering of family which is planned.

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  • Split ShotSplit Shot Posts: 6,116 Admiral
    :angel RIP
  • BobberBobber Posts: 876 Officer
    Our world is a lesser place for his passing.

    RIP, Vic.
  • atty551atty551 Posts: 106 Officer
    I just heard about this a few minutes ago from a buddy and am truly saddened by the news. To share a story, my father recently (April) took ill and was in a hospital in Ocala for about 4 days. He shared a room with two other guys and one of them was effectively out cold for the whole stay. The other gentleman answered the phone three times of the four days that I called to check up on Pop and he was a very nice, very cordial man. Pop was either sleeping or getting treatment when I called...On the last day, I don't know how, but somehow when the man answered the phone, i said, "gotta get him out of there and go fishing" during our brief conversation. He laughed and said "i would give just about anything to get back out on the water again."

    Now the point to this story is, and I promise there is one, is that the following sunday (3 days after Pop got home) I was talking to my Mom and somehow we got on the subject of why Dad never answered the phone when I called the hospital. She really didn't have an answer for that, but said "...well vince is a nice enough man and he gave your dad the messages you called." I said yes he was and she mentioned that he and dad talked about what they did over their lives and family stuff while they were in the room together. She told me that he told Pop that he was a magazine writer for about 30 years and wrote about fishing until his recent retirement. I asked mom "was his name Vince or Vic?" She, of course says " it could have been Vic...I think his last name was Dunleavy..." I said to mom "was his name Vic Dunaway?" She said "yes...that's it...Vic Dunaway" and I then explained to her who he was.

    Now not to violate HIPPA here, but mom said he didn't look good when they were discharged and he had a lot of family coming to see him. I will remember my interaction with him, as short as it was, as a man of class who just wanted to go fishing one more time.

    RIP Vic. Your efforts and hard work brought all of us together here today.

    Peter
    Our children should not have to ask what they are supposed to remember on Memorial Day
  • Marker954Marker954 Posts: 404 Officer
    Thanks for the story atty. But to no surprise that Vic was talking fishing to the end and like a mockingbird rarely had to repeat himself as there was always another joke or story, one after the other.
  • SizuperSizuper Posts: 293 Deckhand
    RIP Vic!

    Nice story atty551, and don't worry about any HIPPA violations - those laws only apply to health care professionals. Families of patients, e.g., have no restrictions on what they can report about their hospital experience.
  • RStyleRStyle Posts: 1,287 Officer
    Jose Wejebe, Vic Dunaway
    Sad year for the fishing community
  • FS BlairFS Blair Posts: 1,711 Admin
    atty551 wrote: »
    I will remember my interaction with him, as short as it was, as a man of class who just wanted to go fishing one more time.

    RIP Vic. Your efforts and hard work brought all of us together here today.

    Peter

    Atty, you hit the nail on the head in describing Vic, "class." Class is what Vic Dunaway will always be to me. He was pretty much always the best angler on the boat, by that I mean he'd catch the most fish, but you'd never feel bad about it, he made it seem like it was just by chance that day...but after doing it ten out of ten times, all the while never making you feel lesser or inferior, now that's class. No bragging just good nature humor. Vic will always be remembered for his limitless jokes, but what will live on probably beyond the even limitless boundaries of the worldwide web will be the fishing knowledge that he's past on to hundreds of thousands through his books, columns and articles. Through Vic's book, Bait Rigs & Tackle alone he's probably taught over a million people the uni-knot system, the single best fishing knot, and that's just one of his knots or rigs that will be past down from generation to generation. This is how Vic will live on, by families passing down the love of fishing. Thank You Vic.
  • fieromanfieroman Posts: 230 Officer
    rip Vic having read some of the stories that you wrote made me a better fisherman......you will be missed by all of us
  • dt-fishingdt-fishing Posts: 157 Officer
    RStyle wrote: »
    Jose Wejebe, Vic Dunaway
    Sad year for the fishing community

    My thoughts exactly
  • GT FishGT Fish Posts: 9,448 Officer
    :angel
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  • INTREPID377INTREPID377 Posts: 3,708 Captain
    Baits Rigs & Tackle is still the only book you need to get started in fishing. I still have an old red copy for the 70's.

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    RIP Vic. I hope you're enjoying a red hot bite and endless supply of Vienna Sausages.
  • Ghostrider66Ghostrider66 Posts: 6 Greenhorn
    I cannot remember a time as a kid when Florida Sportsman was not in the house. Rest in Peace. :angel
  • ChumbagChumbag Posts: 381 Officer
    Baits Rigs & Tackle is still the only book you need to get started in fishing. I still have an old red copy for the 70's.

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    RIP Vic. I hope you're enjoying a red hot bite and endless supply of Vienna Sausages.

    This. I wish I had an opportunity to get the red book autographed.
  • Flyers UpFlyers Up Posts: 655 Officer
    RIP Vic, say hello to Jose for me...
  • BottomScratcherBottomScratcher St. AugustinePosts: 48 Greenhorn
    RIP Vic. You will be missed, but not forgotten. The book "Bait Rigs & Tackle" is the best gift I know of for fishermen ready to advance. I've given away a number of copies to fishermen who were freshwater orientated and totally baffled when fishing in the marine environment. Vics writings made me a much more knowledgeable fisherman, and for that I owe him a great debt of gratitude. Tight lines.
  • FISHIN' GYPSYFISHIN' GYPSY Posts: 336 Officer
    RStyle wrote: »
    Jose Wejebe, Vic Dunaway
    Sad year for the fishing community

    X2... R.I.P. Jose and Vic. You both will be missed greatly.
    GOD BLESS AND TIGHT LINES!
  • waldnerrwaldnerr Posts: 993 Officer
    When my family moved to Miami in 1957, we rented a house on Belle Meade Island, and the house's backyard overlooked the Little River. I had only caught one fish - a bluegill - before moving to Florida, but the life in that canal fascinated me and set the direction for the rest of my life. I knew next to nothing about fishing but was an avid seven-year-old reader and soon discovered that The Miami Herald had a fishing column authored by Vic. I devoured everything he and Jim Martenhoff - the Herald's boating editor - wrote. When the annual Miami Herald Fishing Guide - also written largely by Vic - would hit the presses, my grandfather would unfailingly get a copy for me. Vic was a major influence in my life, although he never knew it. Thanks for some great memories, Vic. :angel
  • Key LimeKey Lime Posts: 360 Officer
    RIP Vic :angel He and my Dad (passed in '85) were good friends, & I always sought out Vic at the FS shows. Now maybe my Dad & Vic can hook up & get Jose to pole 'em around the flats for a few hours. Then it's off to the Rod & Reel Club for the best happy hour ever! Godspeed to a legend.
  • Got TA GoGot TA Go Posts: 2,608 Officer
    Baits Rigs & Tackle is still the only book you need to get started in fishing. I still have an old red copy for the 70's.

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    Me too. Might be the first book I ever bought and paid for with my own money (not countin' comic books).

    RIP Vic

    :angel

    Rob
    www.gottagofishinginkeywest.com


    Hero's Don't Wear Capes....They Wear Dog Tags.
  • sparse greysparse grey Posts: 1,748 Captain
    RIP Vic.
    Ron Conner Release the fish, keep the memories. Once a Knight is enough.

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