Navy veteran fulfills final wish to go fishing before passing away

Credit: Carl Vison VA Medical Center in Dublin

DUBLIN, Ga. (NEWS10) – A U.S. Navy veteran from Georgia passed away after fulfilling his final wish to go fishing.

Conne Willhite was able to catch his last fish with the help of hospice staff at the Carl Vison VA Medical Center.

“There’s nothing like fishing. Even when they’re not biting, it’s still a good day to be outside. I know I’m dying and the cancer is going to get me,” Willhite said, “but as long as I can go, I want to fish.”

Willhite fished for about four hours and caught a few fish.

“All of a sudden, the cancer and everything else goes away and then what you see is that precious few moments of somebody really enjoying life [and] enjoying what they love to do,” VA Social Worker Greg Senters told ABC-affiliate WGXA.

He passed away on August 29.

According to the VA, Willhite was a combat veteran from Soperton who served in the “brown water Navy” in Vietnam.

The VA says Willhite found that fishing could soothe his mind and help him escape

 

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