JOSEPH C. FISCHER JR. - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Joseph C. Fischer Jr., 96, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013, in his home at Allenwood Assisted Living in South Burlington. He was born on Feb. 14, 1917, in Chester, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Fischer. Joe graduated from Monroe High School in Monroe, N.Y., in 1936, and he received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Springfield College in 1940. World War II interrupted Joe's graduate studies in physical education at New York University. For the next four years, Joe served in the United States Army, primarily in the South Pacific Theatre. Among other battles, he helped defend Henderson Field Airstrip on the island of Guadalcanal. In 1948, while working at the Warwick Training School for Boys in New York, Joe married Beatrice Fahys, RN. Bea and Joe moved to Greer School in Millbrook, N.Y., where Joe became the Athletic Director and Head Coach in football, basketball and baseball, and they served as house-parents for 28 boys per year. In 1957, the family moved to Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminister, Vt. At Kurn Hattin, Joe served as the Assistant Director of the Boys Department and oversaw the day-to-day operation of that campus until his retirement in 1985. In retirement, Bea and Joe resided in South Burlington, in order to be near their two sons, Joe and Rick, who were associated with the University of Vermont at that time. Bea passed away in 1991, and Joe ultimately moved to Allenwood in 1998. Joe is survived by his two sons, Joseph C. Fischer III, M.Ed., D.P.E., of South Burlington, and Richard A. Fischer, MD, (Janet Nicolosi-Fischer, RN) of Worthington, Ohio; and two sisters, Helen Swanwick of Weymouth, Mass., and Ruth Duncan of Monroe, N.Y. Joe was a stellar athlete in his high school and college years and achieved great success in basketball and track and field (javelin). He was also an accomplished trumpet player and had a lifelong love of music. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Burlington. Besides his love of family, Joe loved people, especially children, all sports, riddles, wise sayings and trivia. He loved rye bread, a crisp dill pickle, hot dogs and an ice cold beer, UVM basketball and hockey, and above all else, the Boston Red Sox. Joe left us with no regrets except that the Red Sox are in first place in their division, and he couldn't see the conclusion of this season. With his inimitable sense of humor and his love for life, Joe positively influenced the lives of every person he met. Joe and his family wish to thank the wonderful staff at Allenwood, as well as the VNA/Hospice Nurses, who provided exemplary and heartfelt care. A memorial service, coordinated by Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, will be held at a later date.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 22, 2013