Donald W. Fisher

Donald Fisher

Donald W. Fisher, 84, passed quietly April 21, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, N.Y.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol (Clarey) Fisher of 31 years; sisters Helen (Bernie) Andrzejewski and Mavis (Bucky) Baldwin; his first wife Joan (Ballweber) Joslin, his children Karen (Pat) McHenry and Karl Fisher; his stepchildren Richard (Susan) Joslin, Cindy (Doug) Galpin, and Scott (Beth) Joslin; grandchildren Daniel McHenry, Kimberly McHenry, Eric Fisher, Matthew Fisher, Kasey Joslin, Clark Joslin, Chelsea (Rick) Tanner, Nicholas Joslin, Connor Joslin, Rebecca Joslin; great-grandsons Duke Tanner and Declan Tanner; and several nieces and nephews.

He was born June 30, 1935 in Gloversville, son of Donald and Eva (Arzberger) Fisher. He graduated from Mayfield High School in the class of 1954. After high school, he served three years in the United States Marine Corp. After completing the drafting apprentice program at General Electric, he served with the company for more than 35 years, in a variety of roles in the large steam turbine generator division. He served as a deacon in the Gloversville First Presbyterian Church for many years.

He had lifelong interests in woodworking, home building and remodeling, gardening, birding, camping and traveling. He and Carol have been generous with their time and money, spending countless hours reading to children at Meco elementary school, sponsoring three children in Guatemala, and making regular food pantry donations.

Don was happiest when around family and friends. He was warm, kind, caring and outgoing. He loved family picnics where he could be with those he loved, having fun with everyone from the smallest children to those he had known since childhood. He and Carol loved to travel and sightsee, and they particularly liked to include the children and grandchildren in their adventures. He was well loved and will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

A memorial service to be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville.

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By Patricia Older

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