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On the heels of losing Phonebush over the summer, another veteran carper passed away recently.  Herk, as many knew him by, was not only a veteran carp fisherman, but a veteran in service to his country being in the U.S.Marine Corps.  

Raymond Corcoran | 1946 - 2021 | Obituary

Raymond Corcoran                     post-239-1159189491_thumb.jpg


Raymond Corcoran

December 21, 1946 - November 15, 2021

U.S. Veteran

            Raymond "Herky" Corcoran, 74 of Fredericktown, PA passed away Monday, November 15, 2021.

           He leaves behind his children Kelly, Tracy, and Sean, his grandchildren Doug, Brendan, Maddie, and Danielle, as well as his brothers Dan & Tim and his sister Pam.             

         He will be rejoining his wife Peggy, his brother Tom, and his sister Pat in heaven.

            An avid fisherman and hunter his entire life, he was his most relaxed self, with a line in the water.  He managed 84 lakes for several years, becoming a well-known name with so many fishermen. 

            He was also a Vietnam Veteran who served from 1964-1967 in the U.S. Marine Corps.

            Our hearts are broken, but full of love and great memories of him.  He will be deeply missed by so many lives that he touched, but there is comfort knowing he is at peace.

            Friends will be received Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 3 to 7 PM in the Greenlee’s Fredericktown Funeral Home, Ltd., 42 Bank St. at Crawford Rd. Fredericktown, PA. Interment will be private. Online guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


I've spent a good bit of time going back and reading some of Herk's old posts here on the forum since his passing.  Whether it was his time managing a PA Paylake for several years(and fishing them for many more years), organizing wild water tournaments with MojorLeagueCarp, or later on fishing some of the wildwater carp tourneys, and just carp fishing in general, many have benefited from fishing with and knowing Herk and were helped out by him in some way.   I was fortunate enough to get to know Herk fairly well during his time as a CAG member.  I always enjoyed the time I got to spend bankside with him........





The above pics were from an W. PA carpin' get-together back in 2007.

Here is a good article about what Herk was up to in his later years: 


The living legend may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.........


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Thank you for letting us know and sharing your memories. His struggles with PTSD and his last words in the article are truly special. Farewell Herk. 

“I'm too old to try to fulfill my dreams, so I try to help other people fulfill theirs,” he said. “Then you have a sense of worth. Once you do that, you can leave this world and say, 'Hey, I've helped a lot of people. I'm not as bad as I make myself out to be.'”

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