Saturday, April 13, 2024

Commemorating the Life of Rick Tilley: A Tribute through Bass Fishing


Commemorating the Life of Rick Tilley: A Tribute through Bass Fishing


Written by Danielle Englund

In a close-knit community defined by its passion for fishing, the recent loss of Rick Tilley to cancer reverberated deeply. An avid angler and cherished friend, Rick’s legacy was honored through a charity bass fishing tournament on Sunday that brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds to celebrate his life and support his grieving family.

With 124 boats, the tournament showcased a blend of competitive spirit and heartfelt camaraderie. Anglers, ranging from seasoned competitors to fishing hobbyists, converged to pay homage to Rick’s profound love for the sport. The tournament served as a platform for attendees to reminisce about Rick’s unwavering dedication to angling and the profound impact he had on their lives. Amidst the tranquil backdrop of Smith Mountain Lake, stories of shared experiences and cherished memories underscored the significance of the event.

Following the tournament, participants and supporters gathered for a cookout and raffle with an atmosphere of warmth and unity. Amidst shared laughter and nostalgic anecdotes, the raffle served as a poignant reminder of the collective effort to support Rick’s family during their time of need. Thousands of dollars were raised through this event, which not only attests to the generosity of the community but also provides tangible support to Rick’s family.

As anglers continue to cast their lines in future tournaments, they do so with a renewed sense of purpose: to honor Rick’s memory and perpetuate his legacy of camaraderie, compassion, and dedication to the sport he held dear. In commemorating Rick Tilley’s life through the universal language of angling, the tournament not only provided solace to his loved ones but also underscored the profound impact of community support in times of adversity.

In memory of Rick Tilley, may his spirit forever ripple through the waters he cherished.

Special thanks to the following contributors to the event:

  • Chris Brummett and family
  • Charlie Davis and family
  • 304 Lures
  • Amped Outdoors
  • Angler’s Choice
  • Kelly Bonforte
  • CATT
  • Chasin’ Fins Guide Service
  • Cuz’s Custom Cornhole Boards
  • Dawson Custom Woodworking
  • Kevin Dawson
  • Scotty Howard
  • Jim Jenkins
  • Just Rig It
  • Last Cast Guide Service
  • David & Aimee Lenard
  • Martin’s Bread
  • Megabass
  • Missile Baits
  • Kevin Patterson
  • Phoenix Boats
  • Pro’s Choice Sporting Goods
  • Rock Outdoors
  • Ronnie Mitchell & Sons Landscaping
  • Saunders Fire Department
  • Scoville Specialties
  • Donnie Silvertson
  • Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Guide Service
  • Smith Mountain Lake State Park
  • SML Tackle Shack
  • Stoneman & Sons Lure Company
  • Tiger Crankbaits
  • W & W Novelty
  • Mike & Tamera Waldo
  • White House Corner Store
  • Donnie Wyatt

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