June 16, 1935 – January 8, 2020
Robert Fischer 1935-2020
Robert Fischer, 84, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2020 at Community Hospice Hadlow Center in Jacksonville, FL. Bob was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia on June 16, 1935. He spent his early years Bob and his mother and sister came to the United States when he was 13, where his brother was born later as the family made Miami their home. Bob attended college at the University of Florida and graduated from University of Miami in 1958. His first job brought him and his new wife, Linda, to Jacksonville to be the Director of the Jacksonville Jewish Center. It was here that they were blessed with daughter Lori. Bob's passion for Jewish communal service and working with kids became his focus and led him to a path where changed the lives of so many of us. His next career step took him to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as Director of Congregation Beth Shalom, where he continued to work with the entire community and make a permanent mark on everyone he met. His later career took him to New York City where he worked for the JCC Association for thirty years, again being dedicated to helping and giving back to the Jewish community.
After losing first wife Linda, Bob returned to Jacksonville and was fortunate enough to find love again with Phyllis Glossman whom he married in 2009. Again, Bob made major changes for the community by starting the first Holocaust Survivors' Group in the city and then being called on to expedite the closing of Beth Shalom Synagogue. He became passionate about speaking on the Holocaust, educating students, churches, clubs and prisons all over the city.
Spending his final years in Jacksonville was a great opportunity for Bob to reconnect with old friends, campers and co-workers who had remembered him so fondly as he impacted many of their lives deeply. His former campers even became his card playing buddies and enjoyed their time together immensely. The many people that had the opportunity to know Bob when they were younger kept in touch with him for the rest of their lives and always remember how special he made everybody feel. Bob was clearly loved by all.
Bob was passionately devoted to his wife, daughter, granddaughter, and all of his family who survived him and preceded him in death.
He loved his family and friends with the kind of love that will keep him in our hearts forever.
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January 26, 2020
I’ve been friends with Bob since high school. I loved going to all his basketball games. We went to a couple of high school reunions together. He was such a fun and kind person. He was my favorite dancing partner. I wish we had lived closer all these years. We called each other on every birthday. I’m going to miss his call this year. Love, Joan Barson Marlowe
January 24, 2020
I was lucky to be able to work with Bob at JCC Association. He taught me much about accounting and donor relations. He knew everyone of our donors and made the time to make all he met feel special.
Thank you for sharing him with his work family.
January 13, 2020
I’ll always remember Bob with a big smile and a twinkle in his eyes. He was a warm, wonderful and funny guy. He had a playful sense of humor and loved to tease. He was also a very wise old soul. His outlook on life was very positive despite the horrors he experienced as a very young boy in the the concentration camps. Later in life he did a great service by speaking about his experiences lest the world forget the horrors of the Third Reich. I loved the story about the Red Cross giving the children chocolate bars which the Nazis confiscated soon afterwards. The children quickly learned to eat the candy immediately so the Nazis could not take it from them.
We are all richer for having known Bob. Farewell sweet soul, we shall miss you.
January 13, 2020
Phyllis , I'm so sorry for your loss. Bob was one of a kind, I think the attendance at his service was proof of that. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Susan Fitzgerald, Jacksonville, Florida