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02/20/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Jerry Fisher

Jerome Fisher
(d. 18 Feb 2014)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is still more sad news to report today.   Jerry Fisher, father of Ellen Fisher Petko of VA,   Joel Fisher ('66) of CA, Jerry Fisher ('68) of Washington, DC and Elias Bailey of NY, passed away at Morningside of Newport News on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the age of 91.  May his memory be for a blessing always.


From the Daily Press - 02/20/14:

     
  Jerome Fisher
 

 

 

NEWPORT NEWS - Jerome "Jerry" Fisher, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Morningside of Newport News. A native of New York, he was a peninsula resident for sixty years.

Jerry graduated from Hunter College, NY, was a member of the Kiwanis Club where he served as President, and was a member of Musician's Union of NY and Tidewater. He was partner with several advertising agencies, including Wright, Fisher & Paraschos, and Fisher Pyle Advertising. Jerry worked part time with Peninsula Funeral Home for 13 years.

A self-employed musician for more than seventy years, Jerry played in the USO during the Korean Conflict, the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra under Carey McMurran, the Hampton Lions Jug Band, and several other combos and trios, both locally and across the United States. His fondest memories of playing were the years spent with his local trio, including the late Ed D'Alfonso, and the late Joey Vanna. His final opportunities to play were at Morningside where he was able to share his passion for music to enhance the lives of those around him.

Jerry Fisher
 


Survivors include his daughter, Ellen Fisher Petko and her husband, David, of Yorktown; sons, Joel Fisher of Marina del Ray, Calif., Jerry Fisher and his wife, Mary Kennedy, of Washington, D.C. and Elias Bailey and his wife, Bengisu Peker of New York City; and his beloved grandchildren, Sarah Carolyn and Mark Jacob Petko.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4-5:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank Mary Immaculate Hospital and Riverside Hospice for making Jerry's transition a quiet and peaceful one. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

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Published in Daily Press on February 20, 2014.  
 
 

 

February 20, 2014
 
Great memories of a super musician! Bobby sang with the Jerry Fisher Band for many years. Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.

~ Bobby and JoAnn Fowler, The Villages, Florida

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February 20, 2014

Joel, Jerry and family, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your father. I know how difficult it is to lose a parent. You are in my prayers. Peace, Albert


February 20, 2014

My father played in the Lions Club jug band for years, and I am sure he knew him well.
 


February 20, 2014
 
Jerry was a dear friend of my dad's. I remember playing gigs with them and they always had a great time, laughing and playing their hearts out.

~ Jonathan Greenberg, Richmond, Virginia


February 20, 2014
 
Heaven must be a great place today as Jerry joins the Heavenly band. I have been blessed to listen to Jerry for many years. My prayers for his family; I am sure you can still hear him playing in your quiet moments.

~ Darrell Sutton, Newport News, Virginia

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February 20, 2014
 
As the former editor of the United Steelworkers Newsletter, I remember Jerry fondly as a trusted source in helping us communicate our message effectively to the members of Local 8888. Jerry helped us in the design of our communications, helped us grow our membership, and was always there when needed.

I'm sure Jerry is in heaven spreading joy through his musical talents. Rest in peace, my friend.

~ Troy Lusk, Naples, Florida
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February 20, 2014
 
My sincerest condolences to Jerry's family and many friends. Jerry's band played several events for me and will be missed.

~ Vincent Joseph, Newport News, Virginia


February 20, 2014
 
I am so sorry to know that Jerry has passed away. I saw him frequently at Morningside (usually in the hall or at lunch), and heard him play several times there. He was engaging, intelligent and witty. And good looking! My condolences.

~ Terry Joseph, Newport News, Virginia


February 20, 2014
 
  Ellen,
No doubt the next time it rains, the melodic sounds of "Pennies From Heaven" will rise from the heavens with your dad and mine playing music together again. You are in our thoughts, and Molly shares in Mark's sadness as well.

~ Jodi Newsome King, Yorktown, Virginia

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February 20, 2014
 
I learned many things from his talents and performance. I treasure remembering his skilled playing.

~ Janet Farrar, Gloucester, Virginia

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February 20, 2014
 
   Ellen,
I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. We lived on the same street and always remembered your dad. He will be missed by many, as he touched so many people in his life. God Bless.

~ Tina (Higgins) Woods, Newport News, Virginia
 


February 20, 2014

What a wonderful, generous person he was...always with a smile on his face...I haven't seen Jerry in years, but I'll always remember that twinkle in his eyes and that sense of humor...he will truly be missed...

~ Carolyn Gregg, Newport News, Virginia
 


February 20, 201
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I knew Jerry for over 40 years. We played dance music together. He played several New Year's Eve gigs in the Regency Dining Room of the Williamsburg Inn with my Trio. Those are wonderful memories for me. I loved it when he performed with different Dixieland Bands too.
He was a kind and gentle man who commanded the respect of musicians on both sides of the River.
My condolences to his family.

~ Charlie Costa, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Jerry's sense of humor was fantastic. He could get a laugh out of anything. The kindest man you will never find. A true gentleman always. I will miss him very much.

~ Mollie Bailey, Richmond, Virginia
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February 21, 2014
 
Joel,

So very sorry for your loss.
Dee Hodges Bartram

~ Dee Bartram, Poquoson, Virginia
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Fisher's family and their friends at this difficult time.


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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"Fanfare and Funeral March" (Opus 62, No. 3)

- Felix Mendelssohn, 1844
(03 Feb 1809 - 04 Nov 1847)


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