Brian Ernest Fisher

May 3, 1958January 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Brian Ernest Fisher announce his passing on January 1, 2021 from ALS. Born May 3, 1958, Halifax, he was the son of Patricia “Ruth” Fisher and the late Ernest Fisher. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Bonnie (née Milbury) and his pride and joy: his two sons, Wesley and Mitch, both of Dartmouth. Also surviving are his brother David (Beverley), Halifax; Bruce (Michelle), Bedford; and, sister Patricia (Ron), Edmonton; nieces Marlow and Lila and nephew Warren; sister-in-law Janet (Youngs Cove); brother-in-law Dawson (Calgary); several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Brian was passionate about his long career as both a geologist and a GIS specialist, most recently serving as Director, Geological Survey Division for the Province of NS. Brian was a die hard Montreal Canadiens fan who loved travelling, cycling, curling, rock hounding, bird watching, and searching for the perfect Moscow Mule. Many thanks to everyone who helped him and his family through this difficult time - family, friends, neighbours, co-workers, medical staff, Northwood Home Care Services, VON, Palliative Care Team - your kindness will never be forgotten. Brian said many times that these acts of kindness had renewed his faith in mankind. Cremation has taken place. At Brian’s request, a celebration of his life will take place at a later date when social gathering is permitted. If so desired, donations may be made in his name to the NB/NS ALS Society.

Love you forever, miss you always!


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Greg Turnbull

January 17, 2021

Brian will be missed by many. We played hockey together as kids and went to university together. He was a kind person and a true sportsman and gentleman. Rest In Peace my friend. Deepest condolences to Bonnie and the family.

Marcos Zentilli

January 14, 2021

My most heartfelt condolences. Brian was my student at Dalhousie and I supervised his Honours B.Sc. Thesis (1984) on tungsten deposits of Nova Scotia. Brian was a bright, thorough and dedicated student, always looking for novel solutions to problems, and ready to help others. We miss him in the community.

Darrell Dexter

January 13, 2021

Bonnie, Wesley & Mitch

Kelly and I share the deep grief of Brian's loss.

I met Brian more than 40 years ago at the University of King's College. He was one of a group of guys from Dartmouth who became my life long friends. As many have said he was simply one of the most decent people you could meet.

It is difficult to sum up a life time of conversations and shared experiences. Brian always had time to chat, was always encouraging, always positive. When we were young we had parties, talked of great plans, played board games and went to each others weddings. When life got busy we would carve out time over X-mas for a day for gaming or watching a hockey game. We shared a slavish devotion to the Habs. He always displayed this amazing calm common sense infused with optimism.

Over the years our time seeing each other became scattered among all the other responsibilities of life. When time and good fortune conspired to bring us together we could pick up the conversation as if we had seen each other only yesterday. That is the gift of friendship.

We were fortunate to have such a great friend in our lives. We will miss him.

Darrell & Kelly

Dave Butler

January 13, 2021

Bonnie (Wes and Mitch),
Joanne and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. I have numerous fond memories working with Brian during the 90s. Rest in peace, Brian!

Earl McFarland

January 13, 2021

My memories of Brian were on the curling ice of the Dartmouth Curling Club. Always willing to learn strategies and new techniques , Brian progressed rapidly from a virtual beginner to becoming a competent Skip, in record time. His demeaner on and off the ice and his desire, to invest his time to improve relationships within the club, quickly landed him a position on the club executive .
I had the pleasure of curling in competition opposite Brian and admired his openness and willingness to improve his game.
Will have one for you Brian, when the club reopens!

scott weldon

January 13, 2021

l to r : Brian Munroe, Brian Fisher, Scott Weldon, Ian Lloyd, Stephen Pace
Loose on the town at Trafalgar Square. Canadian Educational Travel Association scholastic trip to England March 1974

Bob Taylor

January 12, 2021

My condolences to the Fisher family, I had the pleasure of working and curling with Brian. He was a wonderful person who was fair and friendly to all. We shared a love for biking especially in Europe , we shared a love of geology and field work in Nova Scotia and we loved playing the game of curling. Brian was excellent at everything he attempted. My wife Louanne Labelle who is also a curler and I appreciate all the volunteer work Brian did at the Dartmouth Curling club. We enjoyed talking with Brian on the Halifax ferry as he made his way to and from work. Brian will be missed by many people and organizations that he was associated with. As we do after a curling game -I will have a drink and salute Brian for his friendship and his contributions to making our world a better place.

Sherry Dunsworth

January 11, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. Brian was a wonderful person with a such a kind heart, big smile and great sense of humor. I had the good fortune to travel around Israel with Brian in the early 1980's (as we were taking a break from geology work in Cyprus) and it was never a dull moment with lots of laughs and adventures. I will try to find my photos from that trip and if successful, will forward them to you.

Stephen Pace

January 11, 2021

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my oldest friend. Brian and I were next door neighbours on Stevens Road from the time we were born until we were 5. I was 2 weeks his senior. His life long forehead scar was a reminder of when I accidently hit him with a snow shovel. Despite moving further away, we kept in touch and our paths crossed many times over the years.

His mother took Brian and I over the old Dartmouth Ferry, a first, to see our first movie, Marry Poppins at the Capital Theatre for Brian's 6th Birthday. Met up again in high school and enjoyed a school trip together to London.

We became parents about the same time, Brian and Bonnie with two boys and we with two girls. Times were busy, but always
enjoyed meeting up for lunch a few times a year and was looking forward to getting together more with the family and work responsibilities decreasing.

Deepest sympathy to Bonnie, Wesley, Mitch and the whole Fisher family. May you find peace in all your memories with Brian. He is at peace now. He was loved and respected by all that knew him.

Take care,
Stephen Pace

Andrew Sherin

January 11, 2021

Brian was a pioneer for open data. I first met Brian when he was working on information sharing across the geological surveys in Canada. He led the free sharing of geological geospatial data and information in Nova Scotia. The fact that you can go to a Nova Scotia government website and download a digital geological map will be part of his professional legacy. He was an ally in the open data discussion and was always a pleasure to work with. His leadership will be missed.
Andy Sherin retired physical scientist Geological Survey of Canada.