Mr. Fisher and I first met when I was in 8th grade. I tried out for drill team for 9th grade.
Mr. Fisher was very honest. He told me I was well, kind of clutzy or some similar adjective describing my lack of talent. He did however give me the honor of sign carrier for the junior lilac parade. Hey, I was thrilled. I practiced and practiced marching and it was so wonderful to be part of the group even if it was just holding a sign. I bet no one knew that Mr. Fisher gave me the socks I was suppose to wear. Honestly, I don’t remember if my mom could not afford them but he had someone go buy me a pair and I accepted them happily so I could look like everyone else. The next time I really got to know him was when I was fortunate enough to be Miss Deer Park. I was on the float next to the band. I never saw a man so enthusiastic as him. He talked to all of us on the float and told us to make sure we gave a smile to everyone because we were from DEER PARK and that was something to be proud of. I got to know him a little more with some of the other local parades. At the torchlight parade, we rounded a corner, went over the curb and two of the princesses fell off. I hung on but Mr. Fisher was right there helping all of us and we went right on through the parade. He was always smiling, what a gift. I talked to him a few times in the band room that same year. I loved the piano and had quit lessons early in grade school. He encouraged me to take it up again. I wanted to say that Dan Huffman and the rest involved in setting up the memorial did an awesome job. WOW, it was so uplifting and joyous! You put a lot of effort into it and I must say I was really impressed how it all was so true to his life. I pray for the comfort that his family will need in his absence and for his close friends as well. What a lovely man we all had the pleasure to know.
Bonnie vanRossem Ackerman Class of 1973
- He will be missed by so many….
- A Note of Thanks