May 29, 1932 – July 5, 2013
Fred Fischer, 81, died of complications from Waldenstrom’s, a blood cancer on July 5th, 2013. Funeral services will be held 10am Monday, July 8th, at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 Northwest Highway. Born May 29, 1932, in New York, NY, Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Claire Fischer. He is survived by his wife, Marlene, in a marriage that lasted almost 55 years. Fred was an exceptional father to his three children, all of Dallas: Robert, married to Jill Bruneman Fischer; Jeff, married to Karen Hart; and Lauren Brenner, married to Steve Brenner. Fred was a loving grandfather to Rachel Brenner, Grant Fischer and Clay Fischer. He is also survived by his brother, Ken, who lives in Israel. Fred achieved the rank of Eagle as an active Boy Scout. He played violin in the orchestra at Syracuse University, where he received his BA in 1954. He also attended law school at New York University. Fred joined the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain and receiving his Pilot Certification in Kingston, NC. In 1956, Fred was stationed at James Connolly AFB in Waco, where he met his future wife, Marlene Ginsburg. Following his military service, Fred was hired by American Airlines in 1959 and enjoyed a career that spanned 33 years. At the time of his retirement in 1992, Fred was a Captain flying DC-10 international routes. Fred also created a commercial real estate company which he ran during and after his aviation career. Fred shared his abundant talents with community organizations. As a founding member of Temple Shalom, he sang in the choir and became the first scoutmaster of the Boy Scout troop which he was instrumental in creating. He was active in and made multiple friends through the Rotary Club of Addison. He provided great service for many years as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Angel Flights. Fred enjoyed hiking, biking, fishing, golfing and reading. He appreciated classical music, especially the violin. Indeed, less than a week before his death, Fred enjoyed a special violin concert, arranged by his loving family in his hospital room. Fred used his formidable skills to tackle various home repair and improvement projects. Fred’s family never heard Fred utter a bad word about anyone, and he always look for the good in people. Fred Fischer was an exemplary business man and community leader. Best of all, he was a warm friend and loving role model for his family. He will be deeply missed. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to IWMF, https://www.iwmf.com/donate/support-research.aspx 6144 Clark Center Ave. Sarasota, FL 34238; or to JDRF at www.jdrfdallas.org/get-involved/donate/
- Memorial Service Monday, July 8, 2013
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November 24, 2013
I flew co-pilot for Fred many times during our time with American Airlines. What a wonderful pilot and gentleman. I just cannot say enough good things about the exceptional man.
August 24, 2013
Dear Marlene and family,
I was a '66 hire and flew often with Fred. It was always a pleasure to fly with a skilled aviator who was also a great guy. Many pleasant memories. May God be your pillar of strength during these trying times.
July 16, 2013
Fred and I were 59 hire classmates and last visited years back at reunions. He was a good friend and true gentleman.
July 12, 2013
I only met Fred a few times, but he was always gracious and kind. His legacy lives on in Jeff, a friend of mine now for almost 30 years. My thoughts go out to all his survivors.
July 11, 2013
Please accept my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm sure his memory will live long in your thoughts and that will sustain you for the rest of your days.
Gayla Halbrecht and family
July 9, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fred was definitely one of the good guys. He will be missed at our WM Support Group meetings.
July 9, 2013
My sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Fred was truly a wonderful human being. I really enjoyed being around Fred during our Waldenstom's meetings at Baylor. He really was a great example of what God intends us to be. Fred always had a kind word to say, and was very supportive of others, even during his own trials with WM. He never complained, even if he didn't feel the best at the time. His great example of commendable character is beyond words. Fred will truly be missed. Bless each family member and friend at this time of loss.
July 8, 2013
I am shocked and saddened to hear that Fred died. Had I known, I would have been at his funeral. I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face at the gym. I so admired his still wanting to work out at his age as much as he did. What a role model he was! I am so very sorry, Marlene, Lauren and Steve. May he rest in peace.
July 8, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family Marlene and Jill, may you find comfort and strength in the memories you have of Fred.
Sincerely, Howard and June Knight
Lane & Kimberley Brock
July 7, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Fischer family. May God be with you, and may the love of friends and family carry you through this difficult time.
July 7, 2013
To the Fischer Family, We are thinking of you an praying for you. Javier and I just read Mr. Fischer's obituary. He sounds like a remarkable man. Take care of each other. Julie Linares and Javier Gonzalez
July 6, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the immediate family of Fred Fischer. He is my mother's cousin's husband but is more like an Uncle to me. He and Marlene always came down to Austin to celebrate and support my family. And as my wife Cindy has said, he always took the time to talk to you and listen as well. I feel fortunate that my dad and I got to have a great conversation with him the last time he and Marlene came to Austin. And then it continued on the back porch with more family. What a great man. It sometimes feels like people like him are few and far between. His memory will continue on.