Adios, Dean Wills

Adios, Dean Wills


Friend, fisherman, and one cool character, Dean Wills passed away on Sunday, October 5 after a short illness. I’ve known Dean for as long as I’ve lived on Plum Island, having met him at the Plum Island Surfcasters around 2006. Dean stood out in a crowd, with his black Buddy Holly glasses, preppy attire, garrulous speech, and unfiltered cigarettes. He was always open to a quick chat, a hello in the street, or deep conversations about fishing or sailing, or style.

Over the past year or so I had the pleasure of working with Dean in his role as account manager for a web development company in Portsmouth. It was great to watch Dean at work, always chipper and organized, easily dealing with difficult clients and insane time constraints. I last met with him a few days before he went into the hospital, so his quick wit, happy face, and honesty is fresh in my memory. We weren’t close friends, but he always made me feel like one of his buddies whenever he was around. I’ll certainly miss him.


Here is a not from Julio Silva, President of the Plum Island Surfcasters”

Dean Wills joined the Plum Island Surfcasters in 1995. In 1997, he joined the club’s board of directors. For 17 years as a director, Dean did whatever needed to be done for the club. His accomplishments are legendary. The club is proud and privileged to have had such a dedicated and generous person like Dean Wills. He is greatly missed today. And he will be greatly missed for many more moons to come. But, he shall never be forgotten because he exemplified a Plum Island Surfcaster. Our deepest condolences to his family.

Julio Silva
Plum Island Surfcasters, President



Stickman is the resident web design guy at Surfland. We pay him in eels.

  • Alfred Link
    Posted at 16:54h, 10 October

    Always up for a smile and a quick chat. And a helluva an adman.

  • David Kelleher
    Posted at 20:12h, 11 October

    Sad to hear that Dean passed on. As you guys said Dean was such a great man, always sociable and cordial.
    A classy guy for sure . I motored past his boat just yesterday and a strange sad feeling came over me. There was the boat he loved so much still moored in the Merrimac but no Dean on it.
    God Bless you dean you’ll be missed by many i’m sure- you made the community a better place for sure.

  • Chris Jacobites
    Posted at 09:21h, 14 September

    I knew Dean while in the Air Force in north Japan in 1978. We used to call him Dean the Dream. Once he took a toilet (actually someone put this toilet on top of Ashley’s car – probably Dean) and cleaned it thoroughly.

    He then put the toilet in the corner of his bedroom, filled it with water, and then filled it with wild plants/reeds. Looked great.

    I just googled him to see if he wanted to get together for lunch (9/14/2015) and found out he was dead. Bummed.

    He was always a class act.

    Adios Dean – see you on the other side.


  • Bill AShley
    Posted at 09:45h, 14 September

    WOW>..I was shocked to hear that Dean died…He was my best man at our wedding in Misawa Japan in Nov 1980. I havent spoken to him much over the years becasue we could not keep in touch because of my overseas travel.
    Im very sadden by this news and would like to know more details and the date of his passing.


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