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Celebration Of Life For Spanish Fly Jose Wejebe April 15, 2012 in Dania Beach – The fishing world lost a great fisherman and person recently with the plane crash of the Spanish Fly – Jose Wejebe. But anyone who knew Jose would tell you… he would rather have you celebrate his accomplishments and wonderful life – then mourn over his loss.
That’s why this Saturday, April 15, 2012 there will be a “celebration of life” for Jose Wejebe in Dania Beach Florida.
According to the Miami Herald:
The International Game Fish Association will host a celebration of life at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at its Dania Beach headquarters for Jose Wejebe, 54, host of the popular Outdoor Channel television show Spanish Fly. Wejebe died last Friday afternoon when his single-engine plane crashed in Everglades City.
Wejebe, of Summerland Key, had taken off from Everglades Airpark in his Comp Air 8 kit plane and headed north when it crashed on airport property and caught fire about 4:45 p.m., according to Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident. Wejebe was alone in the aircraft, which could hold six to eight passengers, Knudson said. NTSB investigator Jill Demko went to the scene, and is expected to issue a preliminary report in the next few days.
Wejebe was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1958 and moved to Miami with his family when they fled the Castro regime, according to his website, spanishflytv.com. He developed a love of fishing and the marine environment as a child, and learned from fishing pioneers such as Stu Apte, Flip Pallot and Lefty Kreh. After guiding in the Keys for many years and appearing on Pallot’s show, Walker’s Cay Chronicles, Wejebe was invited to host his own show on ESPN2 in 1995. Spanish Fly relocated to the Outdoor Channel a few years ago, continuing to draw a large audience that enjoyed the host’s low-key, laid-back approach to their favorite sport.
When he wasn’t filming, Wejebe donated fishing trips to charities such as Make A Wish Foundation and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. More than a decade ago, he fished with Christian Goodpaster – a young cystic fibrosis patient – at a Redbone charity tournament in Islamorada. The two became friends, and Wejebe featured a fishing trip with Goodpaster in a 2009 episode of his television show. Goodpaster died at age 24 shortly before the show aired.
Celebration Of Life For Spanish Fly Jose Wejebe April 15, 2012 in Dania Beach – from Jose Wejebe’s website spanishflytv.com:
The fishing community has lost a great angler, icon, and friend. We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Jose Wejebe, host of the immensely popular saltwater fishing and fly fishing television show Spanish Fly on the Outdoor Channel. Through his show and his adventures he shared a passion for fishing that touched and inspired anglers around the world.
We would like to invite all family and friends to a Celebration of Life in honor of Jose Wejebe, Sunday April 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania, Beach Florida. All those who were touched by Jose are welcome to attend.
Sunday, April 15th
1:30pm – 4:30pm
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Musem
300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
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