April 2, 1920 – October 21, 2012
FIscher, John – was born in Regina April 2, 1920 to parents John and Anna, and passed away in his sleep October 21, 2012. He was the last surviving member of a family of nine – two brothers and six sisters.
John loved sports and his promising hockey career ended abruptly in 1941 with an eye injury. He was the goaltender with the New York Rovers, the farm team of the Rangers. John played every game of the year in 1940-41 for the Rovers until the incident with 3 games left in the season. As well, John was a first-rate young boxer. He won the welterweight division Championship of Saskatchewan in 1937.
John was employed as a millwright machinist at Cominco for 28 years and was known in Trail as colourful and feisty softball pitcher for several years starting in 1947.
He is survived by Jean, his wife of 67 years, sons David and Gordon and daughter-in-law Marion, five grandchildren: Marjorie, Michael, Jonathan, Zachary and Benjamin, and three great grandsons: Jordon, Zachary and Kai.
Johnny was predeceased by daughter Marjorie Fischer, RN, 1968 graduate of St. Paul’s School of Nursing in 1969, and two infant children.
John’s remains have been donated to the UBC Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine (Body Donation Program) to be followed by cremation.
Private services have been held. Donations may be made to charities of one’s choice.
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