Burton "Burt" Steinberg died Feb. 24 after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 82.
He was national chairman of the board of the American Sportfishing Association and was a board member of the Fish America Foundation, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Born in New York City, Steinberg grew up in Connecticut and was a professional boxer (12-0-1 record) before enlisting in the Army and joining the 45th Infantry Division. He later forged a long career in the sporting goods industry.
He was interim president of the RedHead Division of Bass Pro and president of American Rod & Gun Co., the wholesale affiliate of Bass Pro in Springfield, Mo., where he spent more than 20 years building a thriving company.
“Although Burt's quiet confidence and competence gained respect from all those who knew him, many were also treated to his puns and poetry, knew of his love of eagles and the New York Yankees, awed by his depth of knowledge of history, especially World War II and Korea, and knew his long-standing joke of ‘work’ being his only hobby. He graced us with his wit and intelligence,” his obituary reads.