National Fisherman


BARRINGTON — Another bittersweet memorial service Thursday recalled the life of another of the five young men lost at sea Feb. 17 in a raging winter storm off Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

At 33, Billy Jack Tom Hatfield was the oldest of five Shelburne County fishermen who never returned from a halibut fishing trip when their vessel Miss Ally, out of Woods Harbour, capsized.

The funeral home in Barrington where the service was held was packed to overflowing, and it wasn’t hard to tell what kind of man Hatfield was.

If you had Billy Jack for a friend, you were fortunate indeed, said many.

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