William B. Fischer
February 16, 1936 – June 10, 2018
William “Bill” Fischer, 82, of Sarasota, Florida, passed peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Plantation Bay Rehabilitation Center in St. Cloud, FL. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, July 2 at Sarasota Christian Church located at 2923 Ashton Road in Sarasota. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at Sarasota National Cemetery located at 9810 State Road 72. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sarasota Christian Church. Those wishing to remember Bill in a special way can go to www.GrissomFH.com and add their thoughts through the “Share a Memory” application.
Bill was born on February 16, 1936 in Cumberland, Maryland to Lincoln and Ollie (Batman) Fischer. He enlisted in the United States Army as a member of the Signal Corps and served in Germany during the early 1960s. On July 20, 1963 he married the former Janet Eileen Williams in Charlottesville, Virginia. Upon the family’s move to Sarasota, he was employed as a small engine repair technician and retired in 1992. He enjoyed playing softball and golf, coaching youth baseball, and spending time with his friends, children and grandchildren.
He helped found Sarasota Christian Church in 1973, served as Deacon and taught Sunday School for people with special needs.
Bill is survived by his wife Janet, daughter Martha Helen Cason and her husband Tony of Kissimmee, FL; his son Bradley Neil Fischer and his wife, Jennifer Ann (Warner); four grandchildren, Nicole Beth, Andrew Bennett, Kelsey Morgan, and William Lincoln; and his sister Dorothy (Fischer) Pendley of Shenandoah. He was preceded in death by his parents Lincoln and Ollie and his brother Albert.
- Memorial Service Monday, July 2, 2018
- Final Resting Place Monday, July 2, 2018
William B. Fischer
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June 25, 2018
Bill was my cousin and a beloved nephew to my father, Glenwood Fischer. We (Vladimir, Dad, the kids and I) are all so saddened to hear of his passing. Bill showed his love to us in many ways over the years, especially as my father grew older. Despite Bill's own health issues, he and Jan made a special effort to travel from Florida to Virginia to surprise my Dad at his 90th birthday party five years ago. I looked forward to Bill's calls on the occasional Wednesday morning to check up on my Dad and to make sure we were all doing well. I've been so grateful for Bill and Jan's visits over the past several years, their love for my family, and the way they welcomed Dad for his Florida visits. It is clear that Bill and Jan instilled a love of family and appreciation of family history in their children. Neil was very kind to my dad when he was living in Tidewater, Virginia, close to my Dad, and that is something I deeply appreciate; I know he learned that compassion from his parents. Bill liked to brag that he married a redhead too, just like my Dad! He chose so well when he chose his sweet and devoted Jan. It was a pleasure spending time with both of them and I cherish those shared memories and family stories that brought my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to life at every visit. Dad would give the world to be at Billy's service and so would I. I am so sorry that Dad isn't well enough to be there and that I need to stay put to help him as he recovers from surgery. Please know that we love you all and that we loved Bill deeply. We know he rests with God! May his memory be eternal!
June 18, 2018
I already miss you coach! I have so many memories growing up being around the Fischer home. He was always the first to greet me and and be fatherly! Neil and I have always been close and so have our families. When my father past, he immediately called me and offered any support he could give. I asked him to look in on my mother from time to time, and he did so much more. He has stayed in touch with me since high school and my son knew him as Uncle Bill! May you Rest In Peace my friend!
June 16, 2018
We first met Bill and Jan at Sarasota Christian Church in 1988. We had moved to FL from IA and knew very few people. Bill was one of the first people to welcome us that Sunday. I recall he invited us to go out for lunch afterward with a group from church. From that day forward we became great friends. Going out for lunch after church became a weekly highlight! One of our favorite memories is our Fischer/Frazier/Fore Food Friday...we, Bill/Jan, Tommy/Barb went out for dinner every Friday after work. Oh what fun times we had talking, laughing (many times laughing til tears ran down our cheeks) and of course eating! We will always treasure those Friday’s. We will miss Bill but are assured we will see him again. It is not goodbye but see you later Bill.
June 15, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with Marti and the rest of her family.
Ken and Barbara Wright
June 15, 2018
We will never forget how you took us under your wing to make us feel welcome in church and in Florida when we first moved here and didn’t know any friends. You were there to introduce us and include us as your friends. We will never forget your love and concern. We will sure miss you. We’re proud to call you FRIEND .....
June 15, 2018
Daddy was never more happy than when he had babies to love on. His love of his children and grandchildren was evident in all he did and said. Neil and I always felt supported and loved unconditionally no matter what and so did his four grandchildren. Some of my favorite words in the last few years have been, "Marti, do you need anything?" By that, I knew that he would drop anything he was doing to help, to send money, or come for a visit." I think anyone, who knew him well, would also feel that love and support too. Thank you for your kindness to us during this time. Please know that we, as a family, will also ask, "Do you need anything?" It's been instilled in us by our loving and giving father and grandfather.
June 13, 2018
To Janet, Marty, Neil and grandchildren.
I, along with Don and Scott, have known and loved Bill Fischer for many years. Scott and Neil met and played baseball together when they were real young and developed a brotherly friendship. Bill assisted in coaching their teams and was always there for them. He knew baseball having played himself and had the respect and love of each one he helped coach. I remember him coming to the practice field in his paisley pants, getting a big cup of water from the Igloo that Don had waiting for him, and hurrying to help wherever needed. The boys loved him! We all did!
When my husband passed away, Bill would call just to check on us and to see if we needed anything. I have always considered Bill and his family among my best friends.
I will miss you, Bill. May you rest in peace.