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of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away at age 85 on October 8, 2013. He was born in Brooklyn, New York to Max and Grace Fisher. At an early age, the family moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Ohio State University. His time in the US Army at White Sands, New Mexico expanded his natural talents in engineering. Returning home, he worked at United Hydraulics and rose up through the ranks to become co-owner of the company later known as United Systems. His many patents in digital instrumentation grew the company into a global supplier of equipment to IBM, GE, NASA and the US Navy among others under the trade name Digitec. The company was purchased by Monsanto during the 1970s and later bought back by Bernie with continued success. His interests in golf, theatre, arts and charitable involvements filled the few hours away from his beloved work. Bernie's wisdom and sense of humor will be greatly missed, but he will live on in the hearts of those who loved him. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, son James Fisher (Rhonda), daughters Jan Tullis (Scott) and Lauren Fisher plus grandchildren, Kate, Eric, Jonathan, Sari, Chase and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his loving sister Bobby and brother-in-law Abe Solomon. A memorial service will be held in honor of his life at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, AZ on Sunday, October 27th, at 1:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to
7601 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 20, 2013