A fisherman’s farewell

More than 30 boats gathered off the Seafarer’s Memorial to bid farewell to Josh Brooks.

More than 30 boats and 300 people gathered Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, at Homer’s Seafarer’s Memorial to give a fisherman’s send off for local charter captain Josh Brooks. Brooks, 45, died of a sudden heart attack in Mexico on Oct. 11, 2021, while on vacation at a fishing tournament there.

A long-time charter captain and commercial fisherman, Brooks ran his boat, the Huntress, year-round, targeting halibut and salmon. Boat captains fired off expired distress flares and radioed Josh as “missing” in the community’s farewell to a well-loved son.