Ralph “Pete” Parker has died
My very good and long time friend, “Pete” Parker has died suddenly. His grand daughter Genna indicated that it was most likely a heart attack or stroke. Pete had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and had beaten it, being declared cancer-free in 2010. Pete will be remembered by many in the fly tying community. He organized the fly tying theater for the ISE Shows for many years, and had great fun with all the “personalities” and “characters” that fly tying brought to him–me being one of them.
I have a great remembrance of Pete that he tied just for me–his red hot cigar fly. He actually used it on several occasions to catch fish. It is a very creative design. I never had the opportunity to ask if it worked better when tied with Cubans or not.
We will miss you Pete, but I know where you are and how very much your are enjoying yourself . I look forward to tying flies with you when we meet again.