U.S. Navy Veteran Connie Willhite had two last wishes. First he wanted to be baptized and second he wanted to catch just one more fish. He was able to accomplish both before he lost his fight with cancer.
According to ABC Channel 16 out of Georgia, Connie Willhite was being cared for at the Hospice Care Unit at the VA Medical Center. When he made his requests. His family and the VA Chaplin made the first happen but the second would be a little more tricky.
Due to his condition the hospice staff did not think he would be able to go fishing, but with a little ingenuity they were able to wheel his hospital bed out to a pond behind the facility.
Greg Senters, a hospice social worker, helped Willhite plan his last fishing trip. He bought the bait and brought him the gear.
“It’s called fishing, it’s not called catching. So I told him we may not catch anything, but he said it doesn’t matter,” Senters said. “He said just being out there doing this was just as good.”
He said that in those moments, Willhite wasn’t a cancer patient; he was just living life. He said he saw his face light up when he reeled in the first fish.
“All of a sudden, the cancer and everything else went away, and what you see is that precious few moments of someone really enjoying life,” Senters said
As you can see from the picture Willhite did catch one last fish, a bluegill. It is a fish that will never break records but to him it was so much more.
Connie Willhite died peacefully on August 29th. Thank you for your service sir and tight lines for ever.