Herbert J. Fischer

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Montauk resident Herbert J. Fischer died March 14 at Southampton Hospital of lung cancer, just one day after his 81st birthday.

He was a fisherman, an animal lover and activist, survivors said this week. He was known for his love of Montauk and for his daily stop at Ronnie’s Deli to see his friends there.

Born 1927 in Germany to Julie (née Baumann) and Josef Fischer, he moved to New Jersey when he was 2 years old. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he worked as a patent designer for Bell Laboratory, the research department for AT&T until his retirement 25 years ago. It was then that he married Jean Erisman and the couple settled in Montauk where he spent much of his time fishing.

Mr. Fischer also enjoyed traveling with his wife. “We traveled around the world; we’ve been to every continent except Antarctica,” Mrs. Fischer recalled on Tuesday.

An avid member of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Mr. Fischer was the Montauk coordinator of their Operation Cat program. He was also an active member of the Montauk Citizen Advisory Committee and the ethics committee of the Town of East Hampton.

In addition to his wife, he is survived a daughter, Kim Black of Middletown, New Jersey.

According to his wishes, upon cremation Mr. Fischer’s ashes will be dispersed in the waters where he loved to fish. The family plans a private memorial service for a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott, NY 11975 would be appreciated by the family.

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