Josef Fisher

A Brave Soldier Leaves Quiet but Powerful Legacy

Josef Fisher was a gentleman who lived with great taste, surrounded by his exceptional collection of objets d’art collected from his world travels.

He passed away at age 84 last November in Rancho Bernardo, as quietly as he lived. One of his last acts surprised even those who knew him well: He left behind an estate valued at more than $1 million, donated entirely to Rady Children’s.

Mr. Fisher grew up in St. Louis. He fought in World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater, receiving multiple medals with bronze battle stars. He wartime travels sparked his interest in Asian art. A lifelong bachelor, Mr. Fisher worked for decades at the upscale apparel manufacturer Alex Colman of California.

“He was a true gentleman,” recalls one of his oldest friends, Arlene Strunk of Huntington Beach. His ashes were scattered at sea, while his legacy will help strengthen Rady Children’s mission to care for all children who need us. Mr. Fisher’s planned giving was quiet, but powerful.

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