Henry Eu­gene Fis­cher

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Obituaries -


The Honor­able Judge Henry Eu­gene “Gene” Fis­cher, 97, went home to Je­sus on De­cem­ber 29,


Gene was born in Sey­mour, In­di­ana on

8/25/1921 to Henry G. and Mar­ion (née Car­nine) Fis­cher as the fifth of their six chil­dren. The Fis­ch­ers sur­vived the Great De­pres­sion and by the early 40s had mi­grated to Hol­ly­wood, Flor­ida, where they flour­ished. Gene at­tended South Broward High School and upon grad­u­a­tion he ea­gerly en­listed in the Army dur­ing World War II and was sta­tioned in the Panama Canal Zone. After dis­charge he at­tended the Univer­sity of Mi­ami on the GI Bill, achiev­ing a law de­gree in 1951. He prac­ticed trial law in Dade and Broward Coun­ties un­til 1973 when he was elected a cir­cuit judge for and in Broward County where he served un­til re­tire­ment in


Just a few months into his law ca­reer, Gene met Cather­ine Grow, a young Ken­tucky belle work­ing in the Dade County Court­house clerk’s of­fice, fell in love and mar­ried her in 1952 to be her de­voted hus­band un­til her death in 2013. They lived in Hol­ly­wood then North Mi­ami, then set­tled in Ft. Laud­erdale where they raised six chil­dren. A lov­ing hus­band, fa­ther, brother, son, un­cle, grand­fa­ther, and friend, Gene de­rived great joy from spend­ing time with his large ex­tended fam­ily and serv­ing his church and com­mu­nity. He en­joyed out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, horse­man­ship, wood­work­ing and read­ing. He was com­mit­ted to the fullest ed­u­ca­tion of all his chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, and many other fam­ily mem­bers and friends, and de­lighted to hear of their re­sult­ing ac­com­plish­ments. Gene was a right­eous man by way of his de­vout faith in Our Sav­ior Je­sus Christ, ever prais­ing Our Fa­ther God for His bound­less bless­ings, es­pe­cially his beloved wife, Cathy. Through his life­time he was a mem­ber of many fine Bap­tist churches, and in his fi­nal years joined the Catholic church to share in the re­li­gious prac­tice of his wife and chil­dren.

Gene was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Henry and Mar­ion Fis­cher, his wife, Cather­ine Fis­cher, and his sib­lings, By­ron Fis­cher, Arthur Fis­cher, Kay Ship­ley, Car­olyn Zinkil and El­iz­abeth Graves. He is sur­vived by his sons, Philip Fis­cher (Cathy), Stephen Fis­cher (Cyndi), and Tim­o­thy Fis­cher, his daugh­ters, Deb­o­rah Rugg (Tony), Mary Brant­ley (Scot) and Su­san Smith (Gary), his fos­ter chil­dren Jeanne Fis­cher (By­ron) and David Grow, 19 won­der­ful grand­chil­dren, and 7 beau­ti­ful great-grand­chil­dren. Mass of the Res­ur­rec­tion will be cel­e­brated on Satur­day 1/26/2019 at 11:00 am at Blessed Trin­ity Catholic Church, 5 SE 17th Street, Ocala, FL. Our fam­ily will be hon­ored by your prayers for Gene’s soul. Your kind do­na­tions in his mem­ory are di­rected to Sheri­dan House Fam­ily Min­istries, ATTN: Dr. Bob Barnes, P.O. Box 550007, Ft. Laud­erdale, FL 33355, www.sheri­dan­house.org.

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