In memory and celebration of the life of Robert “Bobby” Messick, family and friends will host the first annual Robert “Bobby” Messick Memorial Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 13 from 9am to 3pm. Being held on the Mispillion River near Goat Island, the event will introduce youth to the sport of fishing and the concept of catch and release. Participants are encouraged to bring the entire family to enjoy the natural beauty of the Mispillion River and share a positive, fun experience.
This year is will mark the third anniversary of Robert’s death. He died suddenly after a boating accident on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Bob was born in Milford the son of Norma (Shockley) Messick and the late Ralph Messick. Bob worked for many years at Nanticoke Homes as a crane operator until they closed. He then worked for the City of Milford, where he was a heavy equipment operator for 5 years, until the time of the accident.
“This fishing tournament is being held in memory of him. Robert loved fishing and he loved our grandchildren,” said his wife Karen Messick. “Unfortunately, he won’t be around to take them fishing. This youth fishing tournament is for our grandchildren and for all children. Please set this date aside and bring your children and grandchildren for the day. We will all be there having a great day in his name. I know there will be tears that day, but there will also be great memories shared of a man that everyone loved.”
Bob was a member of the Milford Elks Lodge # 2401 and the Three Rivers Bass Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, finding treasures while metal detecting, coin collecting and loved going to the Harrington Slots where he always enjoyed the game of chance. According to family, Bob enjoyed making people laugh and it was his firm belief to enjoy every day for what it had to offer.The most important part of Bob’s life, though, was his grandchildren, whom he loved to spend time with whenever he had an opportunity.
“Robert loved life and he lived each day to the fullest. He never met a stranger and could make you smile no matter what mood you were in,” said Karen. “He would have been at this tournament laughing, joking and making everyone smile and most importantly he would have been sitting next to the kids on the bank getting excited over the tiny fish they just caught. I hope that everyone who goes to this tournament shares a laugh and a smile as they remember the wonderful man I was lucky enough to be married to for 38 years.”
The tournament is established to remember and reflect on the life of Robert “Bobby” Messick as it introduces local youth to the sport of fishing and the catch and release concept. The tournament will be held on the Mispillion River at the newly opened Goat Island area, located at the northern end of Marshall Street. Participants are asked to park at the new Dog Park or at the Calvary Methodist Church just one block away. The tournament is open to kids between the ages of 4 and 15 years old. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups: 4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds, and 12-15 year olds. There is no tournament fee to the public, families can simply show up and sign in to participate.
Winners will be determined by the weight of the largest gamefish caught by each participant. They must provide their own fishing gear and live bait will be provided. There is an expectation of good sportsmanship by all in attendance. Pizza hot dogs and sodas will be served and additional entertainment including a moon bounce and dunking booth will be available. For more information, individuals are encouraged to call 302-387-5758.