Lamiglas, Inc. Patriarch Richard L. Posey Passes

Lamiglas, Inc., owner, chief executive officer and president and sportfishing industry icon Richard L. (“Dick”) Posey died May 15, 2015 at his home in Vancouver, Wash. He was 88. Posey was known throughout the fishing world for his personal mottos, “onward and upward” and “we will make it work”.           

Posey dedicated his life to his family, friends, company and co-workers. The words “selfless,” “honorable” and “generous” are frequently repeated when describing his character. He often did business without contracts or legal documents, asking for only a handshake to seal the deal.

Posey had a profound influence on the sportfishing industry that spanned more than five decades. He was a lifelong active member of the American Sportfishing Association and served on the ASA board as well as with countless sportfishing advocacy groups and organizations throughout the country. He believed in maintaining family values and the heritage of angling. While he likely had record-setting fish in his hands and caught countless personal trophies, they are not in the record books or mounted on any wall. Fishing was his passion, but the people around him were far more important to him.

In 1965 a small company building fiberglass rod blanks in Kent, Wash., sparked Posey’s interest in fishing rod manufacturing. He spent the next 50 years as owner, CEO and president of Lamiglas. Under his guidance, the company quickly became recognized as an industry leader in the construction of handcrafted, premium quality, fishing rods, and Lamiglas was instrumental in the development of graphite and other innovative advances in rod making and materials. True to its name, the company still builds classic fiberglass rods sought by anglers worldwide, but does even more business with the graphite “Tri-Flex” and “Kwik” innovations Posey’s leadership brought to market.

Posey was renowned as a hard worker — always the first to arrive at the office every day and the last to leave.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ellen, his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life is planned for August of this year. Details will be forthcoming.