HAROLD MELVIN "Mel" FISHER -- October 2, 1937 - April 4, 2018
Mel died peacefully, with his wife at his side, in the Red Deer Regional Hospital at 80 years of age, of complications from Myasthenia Gravis, an undiagnosed auto-immune condition, which he progressively struggled with for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife Pauline of 56 years, his daughter Renee, and younger brother Dave (Sharon), plus extended family and numerous friends around the world. Mel was predeceased by his parents, John and Helen Fisher, and four older brothers, Ted, Harvey, John, Ray and their spouses.
He was born in Lacombe, AB and received his early schooling in Vernon, B.C, and at a one room rural school west of Lacombe. The last 6 years were in Lacombe. Following H.S, he attended the U of Calgary for one year and then the U of Alberta in Edmonton, where he obtained his BEd. Subsequently, he obtained his MEd, and Doctorate (PhD) from Oregon State University. During this Post Ed period, that spanned several years, he taught Public School in a number of Alberta locations, Business Education at the Lethbridge Community College, and University of Lethbridge, where he retried in 1994. He also spent a year of Sabbatical Research in Australia, 18 months leading a Team developing Curriculum for the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Africa. Along the way, he had numerous speaking and consulting engagements across Canada, the USA, and several overseas countries. To say he was an "educator", would certainly be an understatement!
While he was an accomplished Symphony Violinist, his real love was Old Time Country Western / Gospel, entertaining Seniors at various Lodges and Care Centres. -- A good friend to all!
A Memorial Service will be held at Wilson's Funeral Chapel, 6120 Hwy 2A, Lacombe AB on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
If desired, memorial donations in honor of Mel may be directed to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance, the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation or to a charity of your choice.