Nelson E. Fisher

OSWEGO, NY – Nelson E. Fisher, born March 1, 1940; died on Thursday June 11, 2015.

Nelson E. Fisher
Nelson E. Fisher

He was the beloved husband to Joyce C. (Panikowski) Fisher and beloved father to Amanda, Janel (Michael Harvie), Rebecca and Scott Fisher.

During his lifetime, Nelson worked as a Seaman and Radioman 2nd class (RM2) in the US Navy from 1959-1963.

In 1962, he took part in the Cuban Missile Crisis transporting Marines to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on the USS Rockbridge.

In 1963, he was honorably discharged.

Sometime thereafter, he was a shrimper off the Gulf of Mexico.

From 1965-1996, he worked as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration.

After retirement, he worked as a commercial truck driver for various companies in Oswego.

Alongside his work experience, Nelson was an avid racewalker and bicyclist.

In 1990, he competed in the Paris Breast Paris bike race in Paris, France.

He also racewalked in numerous marathons.

He belonged to the Syracuse Chargers Track Club and holds several records in various events: 20 km and 50 km walk (age group 50-54) and 3 km, 35 km, and 40 km walk (age group 45-49).

He enjoyed watching his daughters swim and his son play basketball and loved spending time with his family and friends, being on the water and playing chess and pinochle.

He was predeceased by his father, Thomas Fisher; mother, Emma (Volino) Fisher; brothers, Dominic and Munnis; and sister, Beverly.

Surviving are his wife and children; his brother, Gary (Fisher) Dawson; and several nieces and nephews.

Upon his request, Nelson’s body has been donated to Cornell University for the advancement in scientific research.

A memorial mass will be held at a future date.

Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.