A LEADING angling writer has sadly passed away of cancer during the coronavirus crisis.

Bob Buteux was a leading specialist angler and writer, and he was very popular on the scene.

His many books included An Urchin Remembers, Royalty Days and Fishing With The Famous Revisited.

Bob’s funeral arrangements had to be amended due to the strict coronavirus restrictions.

Stephen Harper, boss of Harper Fine Angling Books, said: “Bob was a real angling legend, a kind and true gentleman.

“He was one of my heroes from the 1970s, when I used to read about his exploits with Jack Hilton, in the old ‘Fishing’ magazine.

“I feel privileged to have known him and worked with him on several book projects. He will be very fondly remembered by all those who had the pleasure to know him.”

Bob Buteux, seen in more recent times at a fishing show.

Bob Buteux, seen in more recent times at a fishing show.

Stephen continued: “Bob passed away in a nursing home in Holland-on-Sea, Essex.

“He had been very ill for quite some time and eventually succumbed to cancer.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only very close family will be allowed to attend Bob’s funeral.

“But once things return to some sort of normality, the family will be arranging a celebration of Bob’s life at a venue near the River Lea. That’s where Bob’s wonderful lifetime of fishing adventures began.

“Most sincere condolences to Bob’s wife Margaret, Bob’s family and close friends in what must be very difficult times indeed under these testing circumstances.”

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