Newport News - Jerome "Jerry" Fisher, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Morningside of Newport News. A native of New York, he was a peninsula resident for sixty years.
Jerry graduated from Hunter College, NY, was a member of the Kiwanis Club where he served as President, and was a member of Musician's Union of NY and Tidewater. He was partner with several advertising agencies, including Wright, Fisher & Paraschos, and Fisher Pyle Advertising. Jerry worked part time with Peninsula Funeral Home for 13 years.
A self-employed musician for more than seventy years, Jerry played in the USO during the Korean Conflict, the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra under Carey McMurran, the Hampton Lions Jug Band, and several other combos and trios, both locally and across the United States. His fondest memories of playing were the years spent with his local trio, including the late Ed D'Alfonso, and the late Joey Vanna. His final opportunities to play were at Morningside where he was able to share his passion for music to enhance the lives of those around him.
Survivors include his daughter, Ellen Fisher Petko and her husband, David, of Yorktown; sons, Joel Fisher of Marina del Ray, Calif., Jerry Fisher and his wife, Mary Kennedy, of Washington, D.C. and Elias Bailey and his wife, Bengisu Peker of New York City; and his beloved grandchildren, Sarah Carolyn and Mark Jacob Petko.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Mary Immaculate Hospital and Riverside Hospice for making Jerry's transition a quiet and peaceful one.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 20, 2014