CAPTAIN DOUG STEIN
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This page is dedicated to Douglas K. Stein, Friend,
Sportsman, Charter Captain, Organizer, and very competitive kind of person. Doug
meant so much to the outdoors community that he will surely be missed by all.
Stein was the kind of guy that if he thought “it should be
this way” he was generally right. His many years of volunteering for the fishers
and shooters of this area will seldom be duplicated. As quoted from Mike Gillis
[below] “He was a gentleman of action and
accomplished a great deal. He knew how to delegate and was a diplomat.”
Stein served as president of the Niagara River Anglers
Association for nearly nine years [since 1996] and will be remembered for his
many accomplishments during his tenure. He began his “career” with this
association by volunteering and heading several committees within, and served as
director before being voted in as president for 1996.
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Memorial to Doug from Brother Cliff
PICTURES COMING…..Check Back 02/15/09
The Following appeared in the Niagara Gazette
column by Bill Hilts jr. …. Hilts story is typical of Doug Stein and how much
he meant to his friends and colleagues:
Niagara Outdoors for
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009
Stein Left Mark on Local Outdoors Scene
By Bill Hilts, Jr.
Capt. Doug Stein of Grand Island passed away this past week, [February 9 2009] a
person remembered for his many contributions to the local fishing and outdoor
scene. He was president of the Niagara River Anglers Association for eight
years, starting in 1996. Stein ran the club with a heavy hand and a big heart,
supporting the sportfishery as only he could do.
If something needed to get done, he was at the front of the line leading the
charge. When sporting groups started to pursue pen rearing projects for salmon
in Lake Ontario, Stein made sure that Niagara County was one of the first and
the Niagara River was the location. He helped to start up the popular Ice
Breaker Raffle for the NRAA and he was one of the guys who came up with the idea
for the group’s mini-fishing pond.
He was a charter captain who fished Lake Erie, the Niagara River and Lake
Ontario. He served as a delegate to the Lake Ontario Stakeholders group that was
organized by the Department of Environmental Conservation, lending his vast
knowledge and experience as input for key decisions that the state needed to
make in relation to the sportfishery.
He was also very competitive, be it for fishing, shooting or any other outdoor
activity. I shared quite a bit of time with the man, at tournaments in St.
Catharines; in goose blinds in the Finger Lakes; on our winter skeet league
team; at local sporting clays courses; fishing on these great waters of WNY; and
sometimes just getting together with friends. While he came across as a macho
kind of guy, he was soft at heart and a very caring individual. He was also a
great guy to pick on.
A bunch of Doug’s friends gathered at a table at the 3-F club earlier this week
to share stories about Stein. We laughed until our stomachs hurt as we took
turns telling common stories of the great outdoors with the man.
Capt. Bruce Blakelock shared a story when they were returning from their hunting
blind in the Finger Lakes to the hotel. Not knowing where they were at the time,
Bruce plugged in the address of the hotel into the GPS. “Take a left turn,” said
the unit. Doug looked at Bruce. “That’s wrong,” he said and took a right. “Take
a u-turn,” said the unit as Doug continued to head in the wrong direction. For
the next half hour, he proceeded to take the opposite directions of whatever the
GPS would instruct. Frustrated, Blakelock tried to figure out where Stein was
coming from. As he looked over, there was a smirk on his face. He had gotten
Bob Cinelli remembered when he was in a rush to get to the blinds last winter
and in his haste, managed to lock his keys in his truck – after he had started
it up to warm. With no spare key to gain entry, we had to call the AAA for some
assistance. And even though he arrived at the blind later than he had hoped, the
birds never flew until later that morning.
“Doug had a difficult time getting up from the bucket seats at times,” sai d
Cinelli. “He would grab a hold of my shoulder and use it as leverage to stand.
Many times, the shooting would be over with by the time he got up, facing only
falling birds from the sky. His retaliation was to hit one of the falling birds
and yell, “I got that one!”
I remember one of the tournaments we were fishing in St. Catharines and we
always had a competition going on between our team and his. After the first day,
his team was in the hunt; our team had been disqualified because of a
“double-touch” because we went to the gas docks before heading to the scales. Of
course, Stein proceeded to rub this in over the course of the evening.
The next day, Team Stein struggled to catch fish; we came in with one of the
biggest catches for the tournament and nipped their team by less than a point.
The look on his face was one of shock and as he walked away from us, I remember
him kicking a rock like a little kid. It was no different when we battled out
for high gun on our skeet team last year. On the final da y, I was able to
narrowly edge him out by one bird. He looked like a little puppy dog that had
his bone taken away. He could take the ribbings; and he could dish them out,
too. He was a kid at heart.
Mark Daul of Youngstown, a charter member of the NRAA, noted: “He was an
outstanding person that had a lot of sense and he was always a straight shooter
– up front with everything. He was that same way with his fishing, too.”
It won’t be the same without having Doug around. He was 62 years old, way too
young to leave us. Losing close friends at an early age helps us to recognize
how short life can be. We need to live life each day like it’s our last; doing
the things we enjoy and surrounding ourselves with people we want to be around …
like Doug. We’ll miss you, man!
As a memorial to my brother
Doug, who passed away February 9, 2009.