The sad passing of our founder and chairman, Orri Vigfússon
The North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) announces with great sadness, the passing of our founder and Chairman Mr. Orri Vigfússon.
Mr Vigfússon succumbed to lung cancer at Iceland’s national hospital in Reykjavík yesterday, July 1st 2017, only nine days short of his 75th birthday. Mr. Vigfússon has for 27 years, tirelessly fought for the survival and restoration of the wild Atlantic salmon through the North Atlantic Salmon Fund earning him the admiration and respect of environmentalists all over the world. He was recognised internationally for his vital conservation work and was awarded with numerous distinguished awards. He is survived by his wife Unnur Kristinsdóttir, 2 children and 3 granddaughters.
The funeral service will be held in Reykjavík at Hallgrímskirkja, July 10th at 13:00.
I heard from Orri Vigfusson’s assistant on Sunday morning that Orri passed on Saturday, July 1st. Orri of course, was the founding Chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund and a long-time Director of ASF(US). Orri was undergoing both chemo and radiation therapy for his lung cancer when things took a turn for the worse. I had just talked to him last Thursday. He was steadfast and determined that he was going to get through his treatments and beat the lung cancer just as he had beat stomach cancer 25 years ago.
Bill Taylor, President & CEO, Atlantic Salmon Federation