John Leballeur died suddenly on Saturday 10th April, aged only 60 years old. If you have read any of my recent posts on B.A.S.S. and the tireless work that some people put into the future of the sport that we all so love, then you need to know that John Leballeur was one of those people. I only got the chance to meet and talk with John through last year, and the last time I saw him was at the B.A.S.S. AGM the other day - honestly, the amount of unheralded and tireless work this guy did on our behalf was just utterly humbling. To sit there and listen to his reports and then go away and try to think about how much of his time he gave up for fishing makes the mind boggle. And please note that this was unpaid, voluntary work that he did. The fact that there are people like this out there staggers me, and I am just so sorry that such a decent person has died far too young. He leaves behind a wife and two grown up children.
Please take a bit of time to read the B.A.S.S. obituary for John Leballeur right here - life is simply not fair when you think about it. A wonderful person who in reality deserved a huge vote of thanks and appreciation from every single sea angler in the UK, but a person who I know was simply not interested in recognition and praise. All of us owe a huge debt of gratitude to John for the years he has put into our sport, and I only hope he might be somewhere now where the bass are huge, plentiful, and utterly intent on chowing any kind of lure or bait that John can chuck at them. It is the very least he deserves.
If you have read that piece about John on the B.A.S.S. website then I am sure you are somewhat humbled by what this guy did for our fishing over a number of years - the very least a man like this deserves is that more bass fishermen cough up the £20 and join B.A.S.S. and at least do a little bit in helping towards fighting the corner of the UK bass stocks and keeping alive what I am sure were the dreams and hopes of an angler like John Leballeur. You can join here. My regret is that I never got to fish with John. There are a lot of sad and very shocked bass anglers out there who I know are thinking of John's family at a time like this. Fishing has lost a true gentleman.