Alison J. Fischer
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formerly of Brielle
Alison Jarvie Fischer, formerly of Brielle, owner of the Sea Air Shop in Spring Lake Heights, and former president of her local chapter of the English Speaking Union, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Miami, FL. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Douglas Peter; her sons, Ross and Ian; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Arthur predeceased her in 1998.
Alison was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1924. She met Arthur during World War II in New Zealand. Arthur was recovering from wounds suffered in the sinking of his destroyer and Alison was a New Zealand Red Cross volunteer. Arthur said he knew immediately that she was the girl he would marry. At the end of the war, Alison took the first commercial flight from Auckland to the U.S. to marry Arthur. Her journey took seven days, during which she met the New Zealand Ambassador to the U.S. He would end up giving her away at her wedding to Arthur in 1946 in West Caldwell, NJ.
In Caldwell, Alison joined Playcrafters, the local theater group, and gave birth to two boys. In 1956, the family moved back to New Zealand where they owned a "milk bar" and bookstore. The Fischers returned to the States in 1963, settling in Brielle to be near Playcrafters' friends.
In 1964, Alison and Elsie Larson opened the Sea Air Shop, a women's clothing shop specializing in international fashions. Alison later became the sole owner and operated the business for almost 30 years. She opened a branch in the Essex and Sussex hotel in Spring Lake and gave fashion shows to benefit local charities. The store attracted customers from all over the world, many of whom became close friends. It was not uncommon to hear many accents at a Fischer dinner party on Cedarcrest Drive. Alison remained in Brielle until 2010, when she moved to Miami to be near her son, Ross and his family.
Ross and Ian thank all of her friends who became their family over the years. A service to celebrate Alison's life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at Manasquan Presbyterian Church.
Published in Asbury Park Press on July 14, 2013