Bob Fisher

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BALDWIN -- "So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?" ― Hunter S. Thompson.

Bob Fisher's answer to the question was clear. He braved the storm of life and he lived, albeit, with two flashlights and backup batteries just in case. Bob lived for his wife and best friend, Julie. He lived for his four amazing children and greatest achievements, Alex, Devin, Zach and Sammy. And he lived for the passionate pursuit of hunting, fishing, music, politics, history, extended family and friends. Bob lived and Bob was happy!

Bob grew up hunting and fishing with his hero and father, Bob Fisher Sr. His pursuit was always supported by his mother, Loraine, and sisters, Sharon and Linda, who cherished him.

From the time he could climb into his dad's pick-up truck, he was going north to the family hunting property, the Pinefarm. His father was a rifle instructor in the Marine Corps and instilled in Bob a passion for World War II history and a deep knowledge of firearms. Bob was a state champion skeet shooter in his youth. His passion for the outdoors ran deep. In the mid-1990s, he traded his pursuit of a law degree for the opportunity to open a sporting goods store with close friends. Litigation was no match for counting wax worms. Bob co-founded Baldwin Bait and Tackle and settled into an up-north lifestyle for several years. When not in the shop, Bob would often be seen at NRC meetings, petitioning hunting regulation changes or engaging in a healthy debate on He was passionate about preserving the hunting tradition in Michigan and expanding opportunities for the next generation.

In 2003, Bob discovered his greatest calling in life.

He married his soulmate Julie; his wit and humor required an equal match, and Julie was it. A couple years later, he became a father. He and Julie have four beautiful children. They settled in Rockford, where their children flourish as competitive swimmers and outdoors enthusiasts.

As a husband, father and neighbor, Bob's generosity knew few limits. The family home was always open to neighbors, friends and strangers alike. As a friend, Bob was the guy you called for straight talk. He was always honest, yet he judged no one. He was kind and funny and always ready with a joke and, of course, an opinion. If you were willing to stay late, Bob would take you through hours of Beatles CDs, pausing every few beats, rewinding and explaining to you the genius that was Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

A greater husband, father, sibling or friend than Bob would be a bar too high. On Aug. 23, 2018, Bob Fisher's time with us came to an unexpected end. The man who gave his heart to all, was vulnerable to its limited durability. Bob Fisher was 52.

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." â€• Benjamin Franklin

This was Bob's motto in life. Everything he did was in preparation for what would or might be. Although Bob left too early, the example he has set for his family and friends has prepared us all to be better than we were. Bob's wish is for all to experience the legacy he has left, the beautiful and strong Fisher family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the GoFundMe account set up to support Alex, Devin, Zach and Sammy. You can access the account at

Published in The Lake County Star on Sept. 6, 2018