Harold C. Fischer

UntitledThere are some moments in all of our lives that will change us. It can be a small moment or a catastrophic change for a lifetime. That moment happened November 24,2014 when my wonderful husband, my best friend and a special father passed away. Hal (Harold C.) Fischer was this extraordinary man. Hal passed away unexpectedly that Monday morning.

Hal was one of those people who had the gift to live their life to it’s fullest. He may not have been on safari in Africa or visiting Hong Kong but each day was his “Saturday” and as he said “I am lucky to be able to do those things I want to do and do them when I want.” He rarely looked to the past because the future was there right in front of him with so much to do. He loved his family, he loved his boats and being able to wear shorts 355 days each year.

He had an outstanding career following his Father’s footsteps into the banking world. He knew the world of taxes (could practice in-front of the IRS!), wills and trusts and then his favorite area investment banking. Even after he retired he would receive telephone calls from trust bankers and lawyers for advise. His family and personal clients depended on him to have the answers and advise them on any problem, personal, business, financial, and taxes. He also had the gift of being able to fix most anything from engines to dishwashers, laying granite tile and putting together bicycles and broken toys.

As his daughter said, “he knew everything — of course he did. He was my Dad.” How we will all miss him.

Hal is survived by his best friend and wife, Nancy Jean, Dorothy Pittman, his sister and his much loved daughters: Cheryl Fischer Capone, Kristin Vincent Callegari and Amy Fischer Fernstrom. Also his eight grandchildren and two great­ grandchildren. He was predeceased in death by his son, Harold L. Fischer.

He will be laid to rest next to his Mom and Dad in a graveside service to be held December 12, 2014 at 2:00p.m. The service to take place at Inglewood Park Cemetery, 3801 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, California 90305. The telephone number is 310-412-6500 if you wish to contact them with any questions.

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  • Amy Fernstrom
    December 3, 2014 8:08 pm

    Oh dad….how do I begin to say goodbye to you? You were my dad and our world…my heart is broken. I still feel you here with me…how can you be gone? I was blessed to have you and you will be missed everyday. I’m glad you were mine. I love you

  • We lost a great man. I knew him not only has a father-in-law but a great friend.
    You will be missed.

  • Maryellen rose
    December 3, 2014 10:58 pm

    Of course he knew everything. We big loved our daddies. I’m so sorry n think of you Cheryl !!!

  • Suzanne Emmerling
    December 3, 2014 11:20 pm

    I miss my Uncle dearly! The older I got, the closer we became. I will always treasure that. His passing was such a shock! I wasn’t prepared to deal with it, and have been so sad to think that I now live in a world without him. My heart hurts! But the wonderful memories of time spent with him will live forever inside me. Love you, Uncle Harold!! ♡

  • Well said. It was beautifully descriptive.
    And so very true…..

  • Cheryl Fischer Capone
    December 4, 2014 2:29 pm

    Dad, you may have left us here on earth but my heart will forever be full from your love and lasting memories. I always loved hanging out with you whether we were boating, camping, fishing or just spending time together. You knew how to make me laugh.
    The bond we had as a father-daughter relationship had an extreme impact on my life and will continue on. Dad you always gave me advice when I needed to negotiate a deal, sign a lease, or take a leap of faith. Your wisdom was gold to me. I will still ask myself when faced with an important decision; what would Dad do?
    I miss you already but knowing you are resting peacefully I can be at peace with your passing. Love you Dad forever!

  • Suzanne Emmerling
    December 5, 2014 11:02 pm

    To ALL my cousins, I’m so very sorry & miss him so much too! You are ALL in my heart! ♡

  • As we look back over our business and personal life, most of us can identify one, two or three persons that made a difference in who we were or what we achieved. Hal Fischer was one of those persons in my personal and business career. As a professional in financial services, especially in the area of wealth management and fiduciary services, Hal was key to whatever success I and my clients achieved. His perspective was deep and his tax knowledge critical for making my clients better served. In retirement we kept in touch and had many interesting conversations exploring the “what if” questions regarding legislation or economic impacts of the political process. I wish to express my wife and my condolences to the Fischer Family and especially to Nancy in this sad and unexpected period, Be of good spirit knowing that you had loving years with this fine man.

  • Amber Jacobson
    December 8, 2014 12:30 pm

    Uncle Harold you will be dearly missed! I’m so glad we got the chance to come visit you often and how we got closer over the years. I have always looked up to you and your success and thought of you as such a kind, smart, and loving man. I can’t believe you are gone and was also in such shock. Love you Uncle Harold!

  • So saddened to hear this news today Nancy, Kristin and Hal’s family.
    Hal was always fun to be around, and always gave me such great business and career advice to me. I will miss our great conversations. He was such a great dad to Kristin, I know he will be greatly missed but will always be watching over everyone from heaven, and proud of their accomplishments in life.

  • What a touching piece. Hal, you will definitely be missed! My condolences to all his family.

  • Jasper McGandy
    December 10, 2014 6:23 pm

    Oh man, so sad to hear this. I had a grand old time with Hal at Kristins wedding! My condolences to Nancy and the whole family.

  • I will always have special and fond memories of time spent with Hal. He was kind, warm and welcoming from the moment I joined the Vincent family. His smile and happiness were contagious, and as Cheryl said, he could always make us laugh. The last time I saw Hal was at Kristin’s wedding–he was beaming–so happy and handsome–a nice memory from a wonderful weekend. Hal’s calmness, wisdom, and kindness are just a few of his wonderful qualities that will be missed. The world lost a special man and my heart goes out to Nancy and his girls. With my sincere condolences and love, Kathy

  • Kristin Fischer Vincent-Callegari
    December 11, 2014 11:10 am

    Dear Hal

    It was said to me by a close friend, that I was very lucky to have you as my father. It moved me that others quickly recognized this too. I do consider myself extremely fortunate to have had you as my father. You are an incredible man, honest, loyal, trustworthy, extremely intelligent and boy can you fix anything.
    While growing up, it was wonderful to watch the respect you commanded with your height, your voice, your confidence and your intellect. In later years, receiving advice from you gave me confidence and because of your support I was able to succeed in my own businesses. I will not only miss the advice you gave me but also the endless follow up calls that I used to roll my eyes about. It makes me feel strong to know that you truly had my best interest in mind.
    You were a great businessman and also a great family man. I loved the way you loved mom. If you were apart, there was never more than a few hours that would go by before you had to call her. Anything you discovered you always wanted to share with her. You were a great father and a grandfather. I will miss you.

    I love you,

  • Matteo Callegari
    December 11, 2014 2:34 pm

    Dear Hal, I liked and respected you a lot, even if I never pronounced your name correctly. You were an interesting character, full of life, humor and love for your family. It was clear to me that you achieved incredible goals, and because of that you were able to live life in your own terms. It was always pleasure to spend time with you and I felt I always learned something interesting from our conversations. You have always been generous and you welcomed me into your family, and I will always be grateful for that even if I know you put a bounty on my hair. You have always been supportive of Kristin, as her husband It has been great to see your daughter succeed, with your help and advice, in a very difficult business in an even more difficult city. Your love and support for Kristin has been a great example that I intend to follow with my own daughter.
    We will miss you Hal!

  • Dear Hal,
    Life just won’t be the same without you. From the moment that I first met you, I knew that you were going to be a great father-in-law, because you always laughed at my jokes. Boy was your laugh memorable. I won’t forget your firm handshake and your loud commanding voice. We were lucky enough to be centered between your Campbell River trips and your Montana trips, so we always enjoyed you and Nancy passing through for a visit. Even if your boat seemed to take over my driveway, we loved having you with us. Grilling Costco steaks won’t be the same without you peaking over my shoulder, and asking “Are they done yet?” I still can’t believe that you aren’t going to be hanging out asking for some tool from my garage for your latest fix-it project.
    On a more serious note, it is hard to say goodbye. You were a great friend, advisor, Dad, Poppy, and Husband. I thank you for caring for my Amy and taking her into your life. I would have never met and married her if it wasn’t for you.
    I am sad for all for all the future life events that you will not be with us to share. I will do my best to instill Cooper and Maxwell with some of your great attributes- family, hard-work, responsibility, love, and laughter.
    Walmart will never be the same without you. They are overstocked already on white tennis shoes, white izods, and Khaki shorts. I am selling my Walmart stock and going to drink a Bud-Light in your honor.

    We will always remember you and miss you.
    Love Always,
    Caj, Amy, Cooper, and Maxwell

  • Kate and Allen Fernstrom
    December 12, 2014 4:57 pm

    To all of Hal’s family especially Nancy and Amy we are so sorry for your loss. Though we didn’t know Hal well we know he was a good husband to Nancy and a loving father to our Amy. Godspeed Hal.

  • Trish Fernström
    December 12, 2014 11:21 pm

    Dear Nancy, Amy and Kristen ,
    So sorry for your loss – especially since it was so unexpected 🙁 I didn’t know Hal very well but I know he was a good provider and loved all you girls very much . I was lucky to have spent time up on the beautiful boat in the San Juan’s and house in Montanna . Hal had good taste 🙂 I know you miss him very much but I’m sure he’s up in heaven looking out for you gals . Take care ! Hope to see you over the holiday – Merry Christmas !
    Love Trish


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