John Dunphy Tribute Posted January 12, 2015 by admin


It is with regret that we advise Members of the passing of our esteemed Life Member, former Committee Member and generous long time supporter of our Club- John Dunphy of Shimano fame.

John passed away on Thursday January 8, 2015 in Japan after a period of illness during which he fought with his typical doggedness and refusal to lie down. John leaves his mother Meryl, wife Kerry, son Drew and daughter Jaye, brother Terry, sister-in-law Jan, nieces and nephews and a host of friends, from business, government and importantly from his many game fishing activities.

John whose skills particularly lay in marketing and promotion built the Shimano brand into a household name in fishing circles in Australia and New Zealand with the assistance of a dedicated team of fisho/ sales/ tackle experts who loved their angling and enthusiastically promoted the products. John saw the connection between the need to support ethical fishing and junior angling from the earliest days and the Company continues this focus. He was also instrumental in promoting fishing with government, emphasising the benefit to the community in ensuring that such sport remained accessible to all- not locked up to cater to the whims of a small but vocal minority. He served on various State based and Commonwealth advisory committees, representing the tackle industry and the wider fishing community. John, always known to his friends as “JD”, could pick up the telephone and quickly connect with Government Ministers and senior bureaucrats on matters that concerned the sport and the industry.

On the Club front, John was a long time member and the Shimano boats, particularly “Triton”, were seen at all the tournaments, representing Port Hacking GFC with skill and dash, invariably skippered by JD’s long time friend and fellow Shimano director, Life Member Mark Mikkelsen. Shimano has been generous supporters of the Club since its earliest days and this support has never wavered, through thick and thin- John saw to that !

We will miss John Dunphy and bid him farewell as he departs on his long fishing trip.

JOHN DUNPHY 13/8/1943-8/1/2015.

Paul Barning