I got to speak with Clare Fischer at an engagement of his in L.A. I told him I wanted to learn his composition, "Mourning", but couldn't find the music. He took down my address and sent me the music. It was in his own hand! What a gentleman.
Dear Donna & Family,
He was a great saxophonist & teacher and will truley be missed in the music world!
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
May it be a comfort to you to know that God, as well as others, care about your feelings at this time.
sherri - indiana
To the the family of Clare Fischer - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
If only we can save his genius-ness. Talented people deserve their due and indeed Clare Fischer was talented. We mourn his death and pray for comfort. He is gone to sleep but his memory will live until we see him again in paradise.
What a marvelous tribute from the Wietkes. I only know Donna through her work in promoting Clare's work on the Internet, and Clare not at all except through that legacy. What he did to build upon the great tradition of the big bands without pursuing a 3rd Stream identity has been and will continue to be a source of inspiration.
So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and give you the strength you need at this most difficult time. Psalm 46:1
To Donna and family...
Saddened to hear of Claire's death.
Our condolences to you in this loss in your life. Claire was and you were as well, an important part of our high school class of '48 at SHS. The pride of our class...one of several who achieved high acclaim.
May the peace of God rest on you in this time of grief...and also your family.
During this time of distress, May the God of Comfort bring a sense of inner peace as you mourn the loss of your dear one.
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE,PRAYERS,&CONDOLENCES TO THE FISCHER FAMILY,FRIENDS,FANS,&ALL WHO KNEW MR. FISCHER.
I grew up with Clare (and his family) in Durand, Mi. Both of us left Durand prior to entry in High School. His parents and mine were close friends and in later years, his mother became an integral part of our family here in Grand Rapids, Mi. We renewed our early friendship when he was still at MSU, and had a band that traveled. Ted and I attended a dance where he was playing in Owosso Mi. After Ted's graduation from MSU, we moved to Grand Rapids and Cecil and Bick Fischer, Clare's Mom and Dad were our only contacts in a brand new "city". Our first daughter Paula's first visit away from home was at the Fischer home on Hall Street. When Clare's Dad died, I loaned my car to Clare while he was in town. He played the baby grand at our house.. The same baby grand he had played at my home in Durand. At 82, I have a fondness for happy memories and most of the memories of the Fischer family are just that..Happy. We are the godparents of Clare's nephews , his namesake Clare and Mat and so the journey continues. How very special, the legacy left by Clare to the music world. With sympathy to his family..and Love, Kay (Bates) Wietke and husband Ted.