Death of an angling legend as Peter Stone passes away peacefully on his 73rd birthday.Oxford's Peter Stone passed away early this morning, Monday, 27 November, after fighting a long battle against cancer. It was his 73rd birthday.
Peter was famous for his angling exploits with Dick Walker and friends in the 1950's and delighted in telling stories about his friendship with Walker, an angler who he obviously adored and greatly respected.
Courtesy Coarse Fisherman
Following Walker's death, ironically from the same dreaded cancer that has now taken his own life, Peter himself became known as 'the old man of angling'.
He had an incredible angling career, fishing and winning matches in the 1950's and breaking the Thames match record in 1956.
He then went on to catch numerous specimen fish, many from his beloved river Thames. He befriended Peter Drennan as a young man and they have been close friends ever since.
He was author of thousands of articles and scores of books, and was writing a column, 'Stone Me', in Coarse Fisherman magazine right up to the November issue this year.
He also wrote the foreword to this author's first book 'Advanced Coarse Fishing' that was published in 1980.
He was a taxidermist by profession, which he retired from in 1996.
We shall miss Peter Stone, both as an angling legend, and a friend.
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