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Memorial Event is Set for Outdoors Writer Terry Tomalin

By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter

The community is invited to celebrate the life and legacy of a father, husband, son, brother, friend, adventurer, journalist, Scoutmaster and leader. 

A memorial service for popular outdoors journalist Terry Tomalin will be held near Shelter 14 at Fort DeSoto’s East Beach, 7 p.m. on Friday (May 27). The community is invited. Radio personality Carson Cooper will serve as emcee. The service will conclude with a memorial paddle-out for experienced paddlers. Said the announcement for the service: Bring your board!

As for attire: What would Terry wear?

Memorial contributions may be sent to Boy Scout Troop 219, attn: Committee Chairman Marty Wingate, 1424 72nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702; or visit http://bsa219.org .

Mr. Tomalin, a long-time Tampa Bay Times reporter particularly recognized as an award-winning outdoors writer, died Thursday (May 19), succumbing to a heart attack. He was 55.

Since his passing, tributes have come pouring in. Stories will be told aplenty on Friday.

I had known Terry since he went to work at the Times in 1989. We enjoyed many good times and lots of invigorating conversations.

I’ll pass along just a couple of tales.

One happened more than a quarter-century ago.

Terry and I were in a canoe trying to fly-fish on the Peace River. We flogged the stream for a couple of hours with nary a nibble. I mentioned casually that an Irish pub had opened in Bradenton.

Urgently, Terry stroked 180 degrees and we headed back downstream. The only word he uttered: “Paddle!”

 We rush-loaded the canoe, tying poor knots to hold it down. Terry broke rural-road speed limits on the way to Bradenton.
 We found the pub. We raised our mugs, toasting Ireland, toasting New Zealand, toasting rugby, toasting the fish that maybe we would catch another day. The Guinness did us fine.
 The other, a blink-of-an-eye crisis, took place on the Ocklawaha River near Ocala. Again, we were in a canoe. We passed under low-hanging branches. A dark, sinuous creature dropped into our boat. Terry reached with his paddle and flipped it out. The only word he uttered: “Snake.”
 It wasn’t with us long enough for me to see it clearly. I asked: “Do you think it was a moccasin?”
 Terry answered: “Any snake around the water, people say it’s a moccasin. Nah.”
 In both episodes, Terry saw what needed to be done and did it.
In the blink of an eye. Then he moved on.
See ya downstream, my friend.

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