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Howard B. Fisher


Howard Bradford Fisher, age 91, left his earthly life to be with his Lord on July 28, 2017.

Howard was born on March 1, 1926 to Cornelius Fisher and Irene (née Weinbrock). He was raised, along with his loving sister Annette, in Clifton NJ. Despite an early bout with rheumatic fever that limited his activity as a child, his heart found joy in all things in life - great and small.

After graduation from Clifton High School, Howard enthusiastically joined the US Navy. As a first class seaman, he enjoyed training, but his recurrent heart issues forced him to the care of the US Navy Hospital in Miami, until his honorable discharge in 1945.

The navy training experience identified potential vocational skills for Howard for use in his post service life. The testing suggested watchmaking. After countless hours and years of training for this career route, Howard developed a great disdain of all things that tick or chime, but fortunately found joy in a related field - jewelry.

He also found the greatest joy of his life, Ann Conte, and he proposed to her by placing an engagement ring in her Cracker Jack box. She accepted this proposal, and remained his soul mate for the remainder of his earthly life.

Howard trained as a Jeweler and eventually launched his own business, Howard Jewelers, in Paterson, New Jersey. Howard, Ann, and their two young children Irene and Howard, cherished the memories of holidays at the store. Neighbors were always welcome to stop by for a holiday celebration, or to find a caring hand to help them buy an affordable holiday gift. Howard cherished his role in designing and providing gifts that celebrated the lives of others, whether it be births, engagements, anniversaries, or other important life events.

Upon his retirement, Howard and Ann enjoyed golf and tennis in the Florida sunshine of Marco Island among many wonderful friends. Golfing brought Howard great joy, and also great fear by anyone else standing anywhere within 360 degrees of him. Thankfully, his lack of golfing prowess never affected his ability to laugh. Packanack Lake in Wayne NJ remained their family home and “Camelot” from 1968 until his recent passing.

Howard enjoyed dinners and cocktails parties with his local “gang”, and attending sporting and dance events that included his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed taking his family on cruise vacations.

Howard enjoyed reading of the action of WW2 that he missed, as well as breakfast with his friends, the ROMEOs. A regular assistant at Packanack Church, he and Ann cherished all things Packanack.

Howard’s heart may not have been medically strong throughout his life, but we believe it never stopped him from living life to its fullest, and loving everyone and everything that he encountered. He will be greatly missed.

His family wishes to thank the many people were kind to Howard in his time with us and shared his life. We thank God for his presence in our lives, and we pray for the peace of his loving soul.

“Big How” is lovingly remembered by his wife Ann, daughter Irene Hicks and son Howard Fisher, son-in-law Bob Hicks, daughter-in-law Janice (née Steible) Fisher and Howard’s granddaughters: Kristin, Lindsey, Emily, Emilia, and Claire, as well as his niece Joanne Snead.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any gifts be provided to Packanack Community Church.

Please join us for memorial service on August 13, 2017 at Packanack Community Church at 1pm, followed by a celebration of Howard’s life in Simmons Hall at the church.


Guest Book


Our sincere condolences to the family. He was a fine Gentleman.??????

Chris F. McIntyre


To the Fisher family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Howie was a good friend and a pleasure to be with. We miss him.

Linda and William Ruocco


So sorry for the loss of such a great guy. Howie always had a laugh and smile for everyone! He was such a good friend to Ace and Doris. Peace be with the family at this time. Love and hugs!

Alice Monsaert


I will miss Howie so very much. He was always my missing link to my Mom and Dad, Doris and Ace Monsaert. My greatest memory of him will always be our lunch date, on the Monday before he went to heaven see his friends. My love and deepest sympathy to Irene, Howard and your beautiful families. Thanks for sharing him with us. He'll always shine like a diamond! ????????

Patricia "Pattie Monsaert" Westall


So very sorry and so sad for your loss of Mr. Fisher. He was so kind, always smiling and a terrific sense of humor. Much love and prayers to everyone.

Cathy Clagett


My sincere sympathy to the whole Fisher "Family" I only got yo know "Howie" a few years ago when I joined the Romeo's. We became good friends, and I enjoyed his company and great personality. He was a true gentleman. I will miss him very much May he know true happiness and peace in Heaven.

Tom McKay


To the Fisher Family, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Fisher. My deepest sympathies. I always remembered him as a very sweet man who was always smiling! My best to all of you.

Jana Fuhrmann Mason


Dear Irene, Howard & Family, Howard will always be remembered as a bright star! Thank you for the privilege of our service as he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, always. Nick, Pam, Emily, Myra, Melanie, Lillie & Staff

Assisting Seniors At Home


Dear Howard and Irene, We very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and family. Love, The Cuddeback Family

Debbie Cuddeback Marchese


Dear Fisher Family, Your Mom and Dad have been my neighbors and friends for 30 years. My sons grew up with them and they were like surrogate grandparents! Howard played many a prank on our family and he will be dearly missed. My sincere sympathies to you and your family. Pamela Arnold

Pamela Arnold

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