Edward J. Fisher, Sr., 86, of Waterford, died July 30, 2007, at Clarkston Specialty Health Care. Mr. Fisher was born April 4, 1921, in Minot, N.D. He attended the University of Detroit on a one-year scholarship but had to cut his education short to help his father with the family business. Mr. Fisher began his 50-year career in 1936, with the opening of Fishers Market in Birmingham. He was known by his loyal customers for his personal and friendly service. Upon his retirement in 1986, Mr. Fisher was acknowledged by the mayor of Birmingham, Donald W. Jensen, and Gov. James J. Blanchard. Mayor Jensen declared Feb. 2, 1986, Edward J. Fisher, Sr. Day, citing Mr. Fisher's outstanding service to the community. He gave unselfishly of his time for various youth, church and school activities. Through employment, Mr. Fisher enabled young people of the community to pay for college. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, he provided on-duty Birmingham firefighters with holiday turkeys, as well as providing food contributions to various soup kitchens. Mr. Fisher will be remembered for his quiet, caring manner, his personal concern for the public and his long association with various professional and business groups. Mr. Fisher is survived by his companion, Mary Jo Haggard; and children, Edward, Jr. (Dianne), Susan McCarthy, Stephen (Mary), Margaret (Larry) Moquin, Eleanor Rushton and Patricia Fisher. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Mr. Fisher was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; parents, John and Stephina; and children, Kathleen and Michael. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Friday at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road, Clawson; friends may visit beginning at 10 a.m. Friday; visitation, 2-9 p.m. Thursday; interment in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. Memorials appreciated to Cranbrook Hospice, 281 Enterprise Court, Suite 200, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Aug. 1, 2007.
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