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Friends remember Vt. fishing icon

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KILLINGTON, Vt. -

The Killington community is saying goodbye to a local legend who drowned fishing in an Idaho river. But Bob Evans' friends are finding peace knowing he was doing what he loved.

"He was just an incredibly knowledgeable man who knew the industry so well and he was really well respected by all his peers," Chris Karr said.

Karr reflected on the passing of a longtime friend, Bob Evans. Evans has been known throughout Killington for more than 30 years, and is best known for revitalizing this local landmark. Karr says there are too many good memories to try to name just one. The pair met in the early 1980s when Karr worked for him at the Wobbly Barn. He said he looked up to him as a father figure and that many others did as well.

"He was an icon," Karr said. "He was beyond operating a business as he did. He also influenced a lot of people's lives and was very influential to their career paths and choices they made later in life."

Not only was he an influential person, he was also a savvy businessman. Karr says in just his first year as general manager at the Wobbly Barn, he was able to turn it into one of the most popular nightclubs in all of Central Vermont.

Charlie Demarest met Evans more than 30 years ago, and says he will always be known as a Killington legend. Demarest says he had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone. And if his love for fishing wasn't obvious, his nickname gave it away-- Tuna.

"He had a big mustache and his face moved a certain way, his mouth moved a certain way that he kind of looked like Charlie the Tuna. So they started calling him Tuna," Demarest said.

While the Killington community remembers and celebrates the life and tough loss of a longtime friend, Karr says he finds peace knowing Tuna left the earth doing what he loved the most.

"If we all sat down and wrote our ending, Bob wrote the perfect ending to his story," Karr said. "Just standing in that river... He couldn't have written it any better."

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