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In memory: Willie Greene

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Click here for my Sun-Times obit on Willie Greene, the long-time owner of Park Bait at Montrose Harbor.


I remember Mr. Greene in Park Bait talking to me in my early years writing for the Sun-Times.

What I most remember is one time how angry he was at one of the Lake Michigan meetings in Des Plaines.

At that point, he had made a good living from the bait shop, but the anger was more than that. He resented that he thought the ordinary fishermen, his base customers, were getting screwed and he wanted to fight for them.

He was one of the rocks of the experiencing Chicago fishing, especially on the lakefront.

Bait shops and their owners are such a connection to the communal experience, the communal memory, of fishing.

His daughter, Stacey Greene-Fenlon, said the memorial service will probably be some time after Labor Day. I will post here and in the Sun-Times outdoors page.

Thanks to Ken Schneider for digging up the photo.

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