Robert E. Fisher Sr., 81 of Washington, Pa., formerly of California, Pa. died Saturday-May 5, 2018 in the Donnell House following a lengthy illness. He was born May 15, 1936 in Daisytown, Pa. the son of the late James W. and Rose Briton Fisher. Mr. Fisher was Methodist by faith. He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education/Psychology. While at California University, he also minored in Earth Science and Civil Defense Training. Mr. Fisher had a hunger to learn and gain as much knowledge in life as possible. He went on to take a Dale Carnegie Management Education course and graduated from the Jones and Laughlin School of Mining Law. Mr. Fisher received CPR and EMT training at California University of Pennsylvania. This training truly paid off as he was among the first ten men trained and authorized to render CPR in the coal mine. He also was a MSHA trained instructor at Penn State University.
Mr. Fisher first worked for the Pennsylvania/Ohio Railroad. He then became employed by the United States Postal Service for ten years. Mr. Fisher then began his career as a coal miner. He became the superintendent of the Gateway Coal Company and Emerald Mine in Waynesburg, Pa. Mr. Fisher finished his working career at Jessop Steel in Washington. He had been a member of the Washington County Democratic Committee for the past 38 years. He also served on the Pennsylvania State Democratic Executive Committee. Mr. Fisher was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had a strong belief in environmental protection. Most important to Mr. Fisher was his strong and everlasting belief in the defense of democracy.
In 1957 he married Judith L. Jenkins Fisher who survives. Also surviving is a son; Robert E. Fisher Jr. of Bridgeville, a son-in-law; Bruce Chalmers, four grandchildren; Ian Burr Chalmers, Kyle Burr Chalmers, Dallas Rose Chalmers and Ryan Robert Fisher. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his father and mother, Mr. Fisher was preceded in death by a daughter; Cara Lee Fisher Chalmers, three brothers; James, John and Howard Dale Fisher and two sisters; Marlene Lamb and Doris Fisher.
All funeral arrangements are private and under the direction of the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson at East Katherine Ave., Washington, S. Timothy Warco, Supervisor/Director, Susan Falvo Warco, Director, S. Timothy Warco II, Director. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com