ROBERT FISHER

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FISHER, ROBERT October 10, 1937 - February 2, 2019 Bob passed peacefully on Saturday, February 2nd. He is survived by his soul mate and best friend of 55 years, Christine (nee Mulhall) Fisher and his most treasured children and spouses Teresa and Dan Eves, David Fisher and Margie Grier, Michelle and Brian Skinner. Bob was affectionately referred to as Papa by his loving grandchildren and their partners. Predeceased by his grandson Christopher Skinner in 2010, Bob never missed an opportunity to let his family know just how much they meant to him. Knowing he would do the same, Bob's family surrounded him with an intense amount of love and support throughout his illness. Katelyn (nee Skinner) and Jordan Witt, their daughters Lillian and Madelyn, Jeff Eves (Monica), Julie Eves (Kyle), Jack Fisher (Crystal) and Molly Fisher were blessed beyond measure to have such a doting grandfather/great-grandfather. Quarters, cards, cribbage, 99, puzzles and a myriad of songs, games and activities are but some of the memories that will be held dear of Papa Bob, "the elf himself". Born on October 2, 1937 in Campbellford, ON, Bob was soon left an orphan, losing his parents Vernon and Ella within 2 weeks of each other when he was only 4 years old. After a few life-altering years in orphanage, Bob was offered a loving home in 1950, as the foster son of Michael and Mary Murray of Ingersoll, ON. Encouraged to keep his surname and supported in his need to continue positive relations with his natural siblings Joanne Young (of Kitchener) and William Fisher (deceased 1990), Bob was introduced to family, gaining new half-siblings in Kay (Greg deceased) Dobec (of Belleville), Mary deceased (Peter) Zielinski and Joanne (Paul deceased) Smith (of London). Brother-in-law extraordinaire to Mary-Ellen Lawless (Dan deceased 2001) and Margaret Murray (Jack), Betty Fisher (William) and George Young (Joanne). Bob was loved like a brother, embraced and respected, as all of them shared life experiences that will be remembered forever. Predeceased by cherished best friends and neighbours Tom (deceased 2008) and Betty (deceased 2015) Heatherwick. Nieces and nephews, their partners and families always knew that Uncle Bob was there for them in any capacity, at any time. They were enthusiastically loved. Bob began his teaching career at a young age and dedicated 34 years of his life to teaching, coaching and motivating children to be their very best. After his years with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board culminating as Principal of Mary Fix, then St. Edmund schools, he and Chris retired to start the second part of their lives as cottagers and snow birds, but most importantly as grandparents. Wherever Bob went he shared laughter, jokes and clever word play. His was a kind heart and he left everyone in his midst smiling with his special gift for making them feel genuinely happy. He was always the first to offer a compliment, ask your name, make a rhyme, alleviate stress and simply just make you feel comfortable in the place where you were. With Christine, Bob was part of countless numbers of groups of friends, embracing their role as Catholic Church parishioners and volunteers in a wide variety of services and organizations. The grandkids always got a chuckle out of the fact that Papa was an "Honorary Member of the CWL". It is safe to say that Bob's affect on the community was widespread and his absence has been, and will continue to be missed by many people for years to come. We trust that all of you know who you are as there are simply too many to list. You were loved and Bob felt your prayers and love too. Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at GLEN OAKS FUNERAL HOME, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville, on Sunday, February 10th, Funeral Mass will be held at Mary Mother of God Church on North Ridge Trail at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 11th with Eulogies and a Reception to follow at Glen Oaks from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul at Mary Mother of God Church.
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Glen Oaks Reception Centre - Mississauga/Oakville
3164 Ninth Line (403 & Dundas St.)
Mississauga/Oakville, ON L6H 7A8
905-257-1100
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Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 9, 2019
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