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Irving Duncan Fish Jr.

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Irving Duncan Fish Jr., 81, a resident of Meacham Street, Williamstown, died Monday, June 28, 2004 at Sweetbrook Care Centers in Williamstown.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn. Jan. 30, 1923, he was the son of the late Irving Duncan Fish and Constance Moffitt Mitchell Fish. He received his early education at the Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, Conn. and was a 1940 graduate of Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. He was a member of the Class of 1944 at Williams College and graduated in January 1947 after service in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

During the war Mr. Fish served as a second lieutenant, bombardier, with the 15th Air Force, 98th Group, 343 Squadron, which was based in Italy. On Aug. 18, 1944 his plane was shot down while he was flying his 43rd mission. Lt. Fish was captured and escaped prison and was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Fish was employed as a stock broker for Smith Barney and Co. Inc. and Alex Brown and Associates in New York.

A passionate bird watcher, he was a lifelong member of the Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy. He was also an avid golfer and a lifelong supporter of independent schools and colleges.

Survivors include his four children, Irv Fish of Minneapolis, Minn., Selina Fish Zaluda of Petaluma, Calif., Mike Fish of Dewitt, N.Y. and Mary Fish Arango of Carpinteria, Calif.; his devoted companion and friend, Edith Schwartz, of Williamstown, and seven grandchildren.

Memorial services celebrating the life of Irving Duncan Fish Jr. will be held from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Peter Elvin and the Rev. Sinclair Hart officiating.

Private committal services will take place at Westlawn Cemetery, Williamstown at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire contributions in Mr. Fish’s memory may be made to The Irving D. and Constance Mitchell Fish Scholarship Fund at Williams College through the office of the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring St., Williamstown, MA 01267.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 1, 2004
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