A man of integrity
OBITUARY – WILLIAM RICHARD FISHER
WILLIAM Richard Fisher is being remembered as a man of his word, and a brilliant husband, father and grandfather.
In his 83 years he was a grazier, a station manager, a member of AgForce, a natural sportsman and a true boy from the bush.
William Richard Fisher, commonly known as Bill, was born at home on November 1, 1932 in Sydney. He was to be the youngest of three children, Judy (deceased), John and himself.
His parents were Eric and Patricia Fisher. He was educated at the De La Cell Bros School and Sydney Grammar, then onto university where he studied three years of medicine, repeating the second year.
During these uni years, Bill had to defer as he was called up for one of the first rounds of national service, in preparation for the Korean War.
Fortunately he did not have to go and dodged that bullet.
Bill was a natural athlete through these years and played top level tennis, cricket and rugby union.
While he was at uni, he was selected as a reserve halfback for the Wallabies and upon the other halfback breaking his leg, was selected to go on tour to South Africa.
Bill declined this offer – in those days there was no career in football. He would have had to foot his own expenses.
Throughout his school years, Bill used to visit a property out of Bourke that a friend of his father’s owned. This was the start of his love for the bush.
Bill left uni and headed for Bourke where he worked on various stations as a jackaroo, overseer and manager.
He met his wife Leah there. At first he did not impress. She asked what he studied at uni and he replied “football”.
Nonetheless, they married in 1958 and had their first child Jane, in 1960. A friend and employer of Bill’s bought Quilberry in 1962 in Queensland.
He was offered the job of managing it. So 1962 saw Bill and family move to Queensland with their second child Peter arriving right in the middle of this turbulent time.
After a few years Bill and Leah bought Quilberry outright.
Bill had a fascination with Santa cattle. Upon going out of sheep in 1976 he started to class his cattle up with the aim of breeding commercial bulls.
This was quite successful and led to the bulls being sold at sales in Cunnamulla, Charleville and at the Quilpie show.
Upon the forming of the Heartland group in Roma, Bill was invited to join as a member and laid claim to selling the top priced bull at one of their earlier sales.
Bill was human. He could be argumentative, cranky, happy, quick witted and was well known for his distinctive laugh, honesty was his biggest virtue. He will be sorely missed by those closest to him.
HONEST: Vale William Fisher (1932-2015). Honesty was his best quality.