printed 02/14/2020


Barry Ewell Fisher, 87, of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, passed away on Jan. 31, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on 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 United States Coast Guard as a senior chief boatswain mate for 23 years.

He served in the Vietnam War, was stationed in Ocean City, as officer in charge and ended his military career as drill instructor at Cape May, New Jersey, in 1974.

He loved football so much that he played for the United States Coast Guard team.

After retirement from the 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, of Chincoteague, and Dean Fisher and his fiancé, Desiree McDermott, of Chincoteague Island; three granddaughters, Kathryn Carpenter and her husband, Daniel, of Virginia Beach, Lauren Bowden and her husband, Stephen, of Chincoteague Island, and Christine Bair and her husband, Jon, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and three great-grandchildren.

He was respected and loved by his step-children, Leslie Hirth and husband, Douglas, Toni Belmont (dec.), and Sean Daisey and wife, Lynn, all of Pennsylvania; nine step-grandchildren, and 16 step-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at the Chincoteague Church of God, Chincoteague Island, with the Rev. John Thorne and Pastor Kevin Stanley officiating.

Burial was in the John W. Taylor Memorial Cemetery in Temperanceville, Virginia, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, 25379 Lankford Highway, Suite A Onley, Virginia 23418, or American Legion Post #159, 4023 Main Street Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336.

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