OBITUARY

Alan George FISCHER

October 23, 1946February 7, 2021

Alan George FISCHER was born on October 23, 1946 and passed away on February 7, 2021 and is under the care of El Camino Memorial - Encinitas.

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Alan George FISCHER

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Charles and Lisa Perrecone

February 23, 2021

Dear Nancy and family
Please accept our condolences for Alan.
I have many great memories esp. Over 35 ball. Like all of us males a pain at times but really really great person. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

John O Miller

February 20, 2021

I'm a former Naval Aviator flying pacific area Guam and west to Thailand in mid-1950's tracking and penetrating typhoons for 3 years to alert U.S. Seventh Fleet to massive storms approaching. Alan's THE DEATH MIST affected me greatly because of his vivid description of weather conditions in combat in Vietnam.......except he had people shooting at him.

His life and sacrifice in the 70's deserves the nations praise. I w ill never forget his words and book and devotion to duty. John O. Miller

Ray Sandelli

February 18, 2021

The 'Fish' and I met in the Navy. We were both in the A-6 Intruder Community and roommates for a time before we deployed.
Two NJ Catholic kids raised by great family's who loved each other and country. Al was a great pilot and an even greater person.
Blue Skies my friend...you earned an OK 3 for a life well lived!

Bill Bowkley

February 18, 2021

Please accept my condolences. I am also a Benedict's Class of '64 alumni and then, likewise, proceeded on to Villanova, '68 & '71. The Fish was always a positive presence. His laughter was genuine and good natured. A good and decent man is gone and the world and all those who knew him are poorer for his passing.

dennis & farrell

February 17, 2021

He knew how to befriend new classmates.

Tom Wayne

February 16, 2021

Alan and his family lived across the street from us in Cedar Grove, NJ and during that time we had many good experiences. He played Little League baseball with my brother and the team was coached by Alan's Dad and my dad. I was a little younger so I was the bat boy. Also have fond memories of going to the shore and sharing a home for our summer holiday.
Then, we moved, then the Fischers moved and time went by. Hooked up briefly when my mom died as Alan was very fond of her. Then we later got in contact when I learned of his book (remarkable) and we were corresponding via emails especially about how beloved he was in Cedar Grove as a swim coach. Was truly saddened as was my brother when we learned of his passing. He was a good neighbor, friend, and a real American hero. Rest in Peace, Alan.

Diane Coleman

February 15, 2021

No kinder more sincere man was Alan. Ready to comfort and always positive.
He and I shared our fears over cancer and he shared his strength and faith. Alan loved his family above all and was a true friend to those of us blessed to know him. Fair winds and following seas.

Brian Froelich

February 13, 2021

As kids when we did something well that my Father appreciated or admired, he would say "you are a gentleman, an athlete and a scholar". In our case (regardless of the truth of the matter!) it was his highest compliment and the most meaningful one to us.

I met Alan in 1960. We were 2 of about 200 freshmen at St Benedicts Prep. The class had plenty of smart kids and fine athletes. Alan was an elected class officer (all 4 years) and the first freshmen to earn a varsity athletic letter (for swimming). As he later became a model man, he was a model student, classmate, and friend.
 
Everyone knows his life story. He graduated Villanova, shared his father's love of flying, became a Navy pilot, flew off of (and landed on) a small metal object in a large rolling sea and flew thru heavy anti-aircraft fire, authored a fascinating book about those experiences, had a long career with American Airlines, and (with his love, Nancy) raised a beautiful family.
 
Alan and I stayed in contact over the years. It was always a positive, energetic and encouraging conversation. For example, I once happened to mention that my daughter was visiting San Diego. He immediately insisted that she contact him on the visit.
 
She was flabbergasted. She said "Alan and his family treated me like one of their own. I had dinner at his house with his family, they told me all about SD, St Benedicts, Vietnam" etc. After that she would often ask me "How is Alan doing", was concerned about his health, and insisted that I say hello for her. (And Alan often asked how she was doing as well.) In short, Alan and his family made an instant, strong, and lasting impression on a visiting stranger.

Sorry if this statement is too long. But it is important to me that when I think of Alan I think of my Dad. He would say that Alan was truly "a gentleman, an athlete, and a scholar". So would I. And it is the highest and most meaningful compliment I can give.