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Almanac's former editor dead at 84

April 10, 2002|BY ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

SARASOTA, Fla. - Charles W. Fisher, who edited the Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack for 29 years before retiring last year, has died at the age of 84.

Fisher died on March 26 from complications due to pneumonia, according to his son, Charles W. Fisher Jr., who is known as Chad.

Charles W. Fisher had been hospitalized for almost a month. He had double pneumonia and pulmonary fibrosis, which made it difficult for him to breathe, his son said.

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During World War II, Charles W. Fisher served in the European Theater. He was with the U.S. Army's 9th Infantry Division when he was sent to North Africa in 1942.

After the war, he went into radio and television production and direction in New York. He worked on commercials and radio and television soap operas, including "Captain Video," "As The World Turns" and "The Edge of Night."

Charles W. Fisher took over the job of editing the Almanack from his mother, Emily K. Fisher, in 1972. He remained in the post until 2001, when he turned over the job to his son.

"Editing the Almanack was a never-ending job," Charles W. Fisher wrote in an e-mail interview last fall. "Daily reading newspapers and periodicals for trends and information. Collecting interesting bits of trivia, ways in which living could be improved, was a continuing process, beginning the day, or even before, the most recent issue was off the presses."

The Fisher family can trace its roots back to Johann, or John, Gruber, who founded the almanac in 1797.

Charles W. Fisher edited the almanac from his home in Arlington, Vt., from 1981 until he retired. He and his wife moved to Sarasota, Fla., last June.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; three daughters, two sons and 12 grandchildren.

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