Fred was the IWGS Journal editor, along with various pond club newsletters. Fred also created and edited another publication to support the brand new All Florida Koi & Pond Show (AFKAPS), a cooperative effort hosted by all the pond and koi clubs in the state.
Fred McCorkle passed away at home on January 13, 2010 in North Port, Florida, USA. After brain tumor surgery in January 2009, Fred went through extensive treatment and was cancer-free for most of the year. Then in late fall the tumors returned and grew extremely quickly. Fred, being the master planner and realist, elected to go with hospice and spend his remaining time at home.