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April 6, 2014

Neil A. Fisher

LOCKPORT — Neil A. Fisher, age 83, of Lockport, entered into rest on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Briody Health Care Facility in Lockport.

Born April 1, 1930 in Cleveland, OH, Neil graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA in 1952, where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering. As an ROTC student at Lehigh, he continued on after graduation to serve in the U.S Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  Neil married Joyce Belk on July 26, 1952, and they celebrated 56 married years together before Joyce predeceased him on May 20, 2009. They spent most of their married life in the Western New York area having spent many years in Williamsville, Cambria, Barker, Middleport and Lockport.

Neil worked as an Engineer for General Electric and Westinghouse, among others. Leaving  engineering for education, he worked as a professor of Electrical Technology at Erie           Community College while earning a Master's degree in Curriculum Development from SUNY at Buffalo. It was also during this period that he explored farming by moving his family from Williamsville to their first farm in Cambria, complete with beef cattle, chickens, vineyards and every imaginable fruit. He retired from ECC in 1992. Neil truly enjoyed farming, country life,     family and music.

He was a member of the Covenant United Church of Christ in Gasport and past member of the Barker Senior Citizens, Barker Community Band and Gasport Jet Set. Neil will be fondly   remembered by his family and friends as a man ahead of his time and a unique individual who marched to the beat of a different drummer.

Neil is survived by his children, James (Claudia) Fisher of Fairbanks, AK, Nancy Crafts of Lockport, Laurel (Scott) Johnson of Chester, CT, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Fisher of Manchester, NH, and Jonathan (Cynthia, R.N.) Fisher of Nashua, NH. Grandfather of Kevin, Michael and Rebecca Crafts, Eileen, Margaret and Adam Fisher, Nicole and Hannah Fisher and Katrina Fisher. Neil is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.              Arrangements entrusted to the Kenneth H. Sherrie Funeral Home, Newfane, NY. If desired,   memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of Neil.

Please sign guest register at www.sherriefuneralhome.com and leave a condolence for the family.

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