RIP Illcatchanything — Brian Linebarger

Ken Jones

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#1
It's with extreme sadness that I once again report the passing of one of PFIC's good guys, Brian Linebarger. Brian was an active PFIC member for many years and eventually became an important member of UPSAC serving on its Board of Directors in several capacities over the years. He was always a gentleman and one I both enjoyed fishing with at many piers and working with at many UPSAC events.

Brian died Friday night and I am awaiting further information but he will be dearly missed. I will write more later.

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Brian in 2012 at the Marin Rod and Gun Club with a diamond turbot.
 

Ken Jones

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#2
Brian's information sheet from our UPSAC Board of Director's Profile Page — Brian Linebarger, UPSAC Position(s) — Secretary 2014-Present; Board Member 2009 to Present; North San Francisco Bay Regional Coordinator (San Rafael-Sausalito); Co-Host of the Berkeley and Marin Rod and Gun Club Kids Fishing Tournament; Co-host of UPSAC’s Annual Mud Marlin Derby held at Berkeley Pier. Day Job — Real Estate Broker. Angling Background & Interests — A lifelong fisherman and resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. His passion for saltwater fishing includes all types and species from perch to sharks. No matter if it is from a pier, rocks, shore, beach, or boat, he is always ready to wet a line. Involvement in Fishery Issues —Brian is an avid conservationist, and works to conserve his cherished fishing areas and the fish that reside there. Other Interests —Brian also enjoys herpetology and has many pet reptiles.

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Brian and Robert (Redfish) at the 2009 Mud Marlin Derby

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Brian cooking at the 2011 Mud Marlin Derby. In the yellow jacket is GDude another esteemed member who has passed.

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Brian and Gdude fishing at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara following the 2013 UPSAC Kids Fishing Derby. Mike Spence (Santa) is in the white shirt and hat behind GDude.
 

Mahigeer

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#4
Such a shocking news.

I had the pleasure of fishing with him on several occasions.

He was such a gentleman.

As the Turks would say...….."may he rest in light".

Heaven is gaining some awesome anglers. Gdude, Pierhead and now Illcatchanything.
 

Red Fish

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#5
RIP-Brian. Brian was as real a person as it gets. He was a real-estate agent and a pastor and helped me when I needed some help doing credit checks on tenants and adjusting contracts. Richard McIntosh and I visited his home many times in El Sobrante where he and his lovely wife Kris always welcomed us into their home and treated us like one of the family. I especially liked how Brian had a love for animals and had some nice dogs, cat, and snake. Brian was a family man and had two boys and a girl and I watched him do his best to raise them with love, spirituality, and discipline from the time the kids were 8, 10, and 12 to now where they are in their early 20’s. Brian always kept the faith, had a positive outlook, and even a sermon as in his recent years he was a pastor and had a podcast.

The pictures above bring back so many memories for me; good ones. Brian was a great asset to UPSAC and he proved it time and again. He lead Rich and myself as he was the best talker and spokesperson. We were like the Three Amigos -you know, Chevy Chase. Brian was able to announce the events and conduct the raffles with expertise, and I thank him for that. He also was a good cook (as displayed at the many derbies), and an all around sportsman able to field-dress anything with great mastery. It was Brian’s idea to have a Xmas sturgeon derby (as his birthday and Rich’s were on the same day, December 14th). And we had one at various piers such as: Dumbarton, Eckley, Oyster Point, San Leandro, and Point Pinole. Even though a sturgeon was never caught at a single derby event, I will always honor this holiday season and remember Brian (and Rich) as I fish sturgeon in the winter (whether I catch or not).
Amen brother.
 
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Ken Jones

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From what I have read on Facebook, services will be held on November 28th at 1:00 p.m. at 2706 17th St., San Pablo. I do not know if it will be open to the public but assume it will be. I will post additional information as I receive it.
 
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From what I have read on Facebook, services will be held on November 28th at 1:00 p.m. at 2706 17th St., San Pablo. I do not know if it will be open to the public but assume it will be. I will post additional information as I receive it.
It has been asked by his son Nick to post the date and time and location for the services for any and all of Brian and Kris friends to come.
 

Ken Jones

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#10
I was reading a book titled "Ordinary Grace" by Willliam Kent Krueger these past few days that finished with these simple thoughts: "The dead are never far from us. They're in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air." I think he's right.
 

Red Fish

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#11
I was reading a book titled "Ordinary Grace" by Willliam Kent Krueger these past few days that finished with these simple thoughts: "The dead are never far from us. They're in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air." I think he's right.
-So, that’s why I keep talking out loud to Big Rich when I head out on a fishing trip? Makes a whole lot of sense the way you put it.;)

-Well, as Rich would say when we went fishing, “We caught a fish,” whether he caught it or I. So, I guess I’ll have to continue to say, “We caught a fish” when I catch one, as odd as that may sound.:D
 

Mahigeer

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#12
I occasionally, when I remember, thank my mentor relative who took me fishing the first time,
I caught a trout from a river.

I hope his spirit is with me on my fishing outings.

I have become aware recently that due to my age, I will be loosing some friends and relatives. Last month I was told about two relatives, one young and one older.

Then there was Pierhead and now Brian and his wife.

May they all rest in light.
 

Mahigeer

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#14
While doing search I came across this.

Fisherman’s Prayer

“God, grant that I may live to fish until my dying day — and when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray – when in the Lord’s safe landing net I’m peacefully asleep, that in His mercy I be judged big enough to keep.”
 

Red Fish

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From what I have read on Facebook, services will be held on November 28th at 1:00 p.m. at 2706 17th St., San Pablo. I do not know if it will be open to the public but assume it will be. I will post additional information as I receive it.
Okay, BTW- the address above is for the Evangel Christian Center (near Contra Costa Community College)
 
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Hi there everyone. This is Brian's son, Nikolaus. I came on to confirm a few things. The above address is the correct address. It will start at 1300 hours on the 28th of November. It is open to the public. The church's pastor, Ron Vetter, will be overseeing the event. He, by Brian's own words, was like a father to him. If for whatever reason he ask why you're there, let him know you were close friends to him. I will be reading Brian's obituary. I hope to see many of you there.
 

Mahigeer

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Hi there everyone. This is Brian's son, Nikolaus. I came on to confirm a few things. The above address is the correct address. It will start at 1300 hours on the 28th of November. It is open to the public. The church's pastor, Ron Vetter, will be overseeing the event. He, by Brian's own words, was like a father to him. If for whatever reason he ask why you're there, let him know you were close friends to him. I will be reading Brian's obituary. I hope to see many of you there.

I am sorry for your loss. It is our community's loss too. I am sure it was a shocking news to all who knew him, either in person or through this website.


May he rest in light.


He will not be forgotten.


I am also sorry that I cannot attend. Please accept my condolences.
 

Red Fish

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#20
-Just a follow up on the memorial service for Brian and Kris last Wednesday.

-I got off of work at 2 and was just able to get to Evangel Christian Center right as they were wrapping up as it was within a couple miles. Sons Nickolaus and Brendan delivered a speech for Brian and Kris respectively.

-Afterwards, I joined PFicers Ken Jones, Han Jones/Parents/Son, and Rita Magdamo for dinner at the Empire Buffet in San Pablo where we conversed for 4 hours! Lot of fishtalk going on.

-I was really surprised Ken Jones took the drive up from Fresno to be there and it is always a treat to hang out with the Skipper and compare notes!

-One last note in this: I just thought Sunday to call BigRich’s friend Rose as she became good friends with Brian and Kris in the last 3 years. And she had not heard about their demise and the news had come as a shock. I believe she would have been present at the service had she known.
 
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