Mr. Barry Ewell Fisher, 87, of Chincoteague Island, passed away Jan. 31, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Chincoteague Oct. 27, 1932, to the late Floyd and Mary Elizabeth Ewell Fisher. He was a graduate of Chincoteague High School, Class of 1951, where he was vice president of his class and played football. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a senior chief boatswain mate for 23 years. He served in the Vietnam War, was stationed in Ocean City, Md., as officer in charge and ended his military career as drill instructor at Cape May, N.J., in 1974. He loved football so much that he played for the U.S. Coast Guard team. After retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1974, he never gave up his love of water so he did some sea clamming and gill netting. In 1975 he founded and operated Fisher Marine Construction which his son, Dean, still carries on today.
He was a member of American Legion Post #159 and Accomack Masonic Lodge #243.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife of 47 years, Shirley Louise Bloxom Fisher.
Mr. Fisher is survived by his loving spouse of 18 years, Margaret “Peggy” Jones Fisher, of Chincoteague; two sons, Garry Fisher and his wife, Beth, and Dean Fisher and his fiancé, Desiree McDermott, all of Chincoteague; three granddaughters, Kathryn Carpenter and her husband, Daniel, of Virginia Beach, Va., Lauren Bowden and her husband, Stephen, of Chincoteague, and Christine Bair and her husband, Jon, of Lancaster, Pa.; and three great-grandchildren. He was respected and loved by his stepchildren, Leslie Hirth and husband, Douglas, Toni Belmont (dec.), and Sean Daisey and wife, Lynn, all of Pennsylvania; nine step-grandchildren; and sixteen step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb, 5, 2020, at the Chincoteague Church of God, Chincoteague, with the Rev. John Thorne and Pastor Kevin Stanley officiating.
Burial took place in the John W. Taylor Memorial Cemetery, in Temperanceville, with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, 25379 Lankford Highway, Suite A, Onley, VA 23418 or American Legion Post #159, 4023 Main Street, Chincoteague, VA 23336. Services were entrusted to Salyer Funeral Home, Inc., Chincoteague.
Condolences may be made online at www.salyerfh.com.