Obituary: Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher.  Died on Aug 23, 2018.

So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?” ― Hunter S. Thompson.

Bob Fisher’s answer to the question was clear. He braved the storm of life, and he lived; albeit with two flashlights and backup batteries just in case. Bob lived for his wife and best friend Julie. He lived for his four amazing children and greatest achievements, Alex, Devin, Zach and Sammy. And he lived for the passionate pursuit of hunting, fishing, music, politics, history, extended family, and friends. Bob lived, and Bob was happy!

Bob grew up hunting and fishing with his hero and father, Bob Fisher Sr. His pursuit was always supported by his mother Lorraine and sisters Sharon and Linda who cherished him. From the time he could climb into his dad’s pick-up truck, he was going north to the family hunting property, The Pinefarm. His father instilled in Bob a passion for WWII history and a deep knowledge of firearms. Bob was a state champion skeet shooter in his youth. His passion for the outdoors ran deep. In the mid-1990’s, he traded his pursuit of a law degree for the opportunity to open a sporting goods store with close friends. Litigating was no match for counting wax worms. Bob co-founded Baldwin Bait & Tackle and settled into an up-north lifestyle for several years. When not in the shop, Bob would often be seen at NRC meetings petitioning hunting regulation changes or engaging in a healthy debate on He was passionate about preserving the hunting tradition in Michigan and expanding opportunities for the next generation.

In 2003 Bob discovered his greatest calling in life.

He married his soulmate Julie; his wit and humor required an equal match and Julie was it. A couple years later he became a father. He and Julie have four beautiful children. They settled in Rockford, MI where their children flourish as competitive swimmers and outdoors enthusiasts.

As a husband, father and neighbor, Bob’s generosity knew few limits. The family home was always open to neighbors, friends, and strangers alike. As a friend, Bob was the guy you called for straight talk. He was always honest, yet he judged no one. He was kind, funny, always ready with a joke, and of course, an opinion. If you were willing to stay late, Bob would take you through hours of Beatles CD’s, pausing every few beats, rewinding, and explaining to you the genius that was Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

A greater husband, father, sibling or friend than Bob would be a bar too high. On August 23, 2018, Bob Fisher’s time with us came to an unexpected end. The man who gave his heart to all, was vulnerable to its limited durability.  Bob Fisher was 52.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

This was Bob’s motto in life. Everything he did was in preparation for what would or might be. Although Bob left too early, the example he has set for his family and friends has prepared us all to be better than we were.  Bob’s wish is for all to experience the legacy he has left, the beautiful and strong Fisher family.

Bob’s life will be celebrated privately with friends and family at his favorite place on earth, The Pinefarm.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the children at