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This Saturday’s Niagara River Anglers Association’s annual Roger Tobey Memorial 2014 Steelhead Contest will be held without one of its major members always seen working the sign-in trailer at the Lewiston Landing on the lower Niagara River.

Linda Jackson, wife of current NRAA president Paul Jackson, passed away Feb. 1 following a long battle with an illness. For decades, Linda provided husband Paul support and guidance with her remarkable people skills in outdoors ventures.

They founded the Niagara County Bassmasters Chapter in 1974, considered one of if not the first BASS chapter chartered in the state.

Linda offered valuable volunteer support for many Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association projects. The Jacksons became charter members of Niagara River Angler Association.

In 2001, she began serving as curator of the Sanborn Area Historical Farm Museum but continued to devote her time and talents to the outdoors.

“She always enjoyed being around people and helping them, no matter what the activity,” Paul said.

Her volunteer efforts and fondness for working with all outdoors folk led to her being a recipient of the Niagara County Federation’s Pinky Robinson award. This coveted honor is presented to persons who have made major contributions to fisheries concerns.

Stephen and Lisa Drabczyk at Creek Road Bait & Tackle in Lewiston are coordinating this year’s NRAA Steelhead Contest. “The contest is a memorial to Roger Tobey, but NRAA is planning to make a fitting dedication in Linda Jackson’s honor during the February meeting,” Stephen said.

For details on the contest, call the Drabczyks at 807-6248.

Although wheelchair- or walker-bound in recent years, she presided at all but last year’s cold-weather steelie fishing contest.

Linda Jackson’s warm presence will be missed.

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