We’ll Miss You Gerald

Three men were injured in a boat accident on Lake Fork Friday morning. One of the men later died from his injuries at a Tyler hospital. Gerald McSchooler and his nephew were fishing on Lake Fork yesterday when their boat was struck by another bass boat near Little Mustang Cove. Authorities say one boat struck the other, running up and over it, eventually capsizing in the water. McSchooler and the driver of the other boat were taken from the lake to Tyler hospitals by helicopter. McSchooler’s nephew suffered only minor injuries.

McSchooler’s boat was able to make it to the shore while the other boat remained in the water for more than an hour. Game Wardens were eventually able to recover the boat and have impounded both vessels pending the investigation into the crash.

McSchooler worked at Cade’s Building Supplies in Mineola. The hardware store remained closed Saturday morning. He had been involved in community theater at the Lake Country Playhouse.

I was in a play at the Lake Country Playhouse with Gerald last year and have since become friends with him. I have heard lots of versions of this accident, but the only version that I know for real is that we lost one hell of a nice guy last Friday. Gerald was truly one of the nicest people I have met since moving to the area.

He loved fishing topwater and would throw a Yellow Magic under the strangest conditions, but he loved the topwater bite and was a passionate fisherman.

Most every time that I have been in to Cade’s since meeting Gerald, he was there with a smile and a helping hand with whatever I needed that eclipses the standard ‘call of duty’.

This is a solemn reminder to me and hopefully everyone else just how tragic a moment of distraction or lack of focus can be when operating a boat…or any other vessel.

God Speed Gerald. You will be missed by many buddy.

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