We have only recently been advised of the death of NZ fishing industry character and fisherman Leslie John Blake (Johnny Longline). The following notice was published in the NZ Herald on 23/11/2010:
BLAKE, Lelsie John (Johnny Longline).
On November 21st 2010 suddenly but peacefully at Bay of Islands Hospital, Kawakawa, aged 68 years.
Loved husband of Rita. Loved father and father-in-law of Rhonda and Robert Teixeira, Stephanie and Leon Devaney, Paul and Lorraine, John and Toni. Much loved grandad to Krista-Leigh, Karina, Scott, Cam, Josh, Kate and Sean. Great grandad to Lexanii and Jaelyn.
Johnny's funeral was held at the Whangaroa Sports Fishing Club on Friday 26 November 2010.
Another great character lost to our industry. Rest in Peace Johnny Longline.
The NZ Federation of Commercial Fishermen Inc. extends sincere sympathies and condolences to Rita and family.