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Robert E. Fisher, forecaster for National Weather Service

Feb. 15, 1931 – July 8, 2016

Robert E. Fisher, of Chaffee, retired lead forecaster for the National Weather Service office in Buffalo, died Friday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 85.

Born in Hackensack, N.J., he earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from New York University and served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1958, primarily as a navigator on domestic shipment and air refueling missions on converted B-29 bombers.

Mr. Fisher was a journeyman forecaster for the National Weather Service at Rockefeller Center in New York City from 1961 to 1974, when he was named lead forecaster in the Buffalo office. He retired in 1994, but continued to draw weather maps and calculate airflow daily until just before his death.

“He always said this was the best place in the country to forecast weather because of the variability of Lake Erie,” his son Malachi said.

In retirement, he worked as a stock clerk at the Save-A-Lot grocery in Yorkshire, where customers would seek him out to talk about history, aviation, gardening and the weather.

He was a member of the Confederate Air Force and supported many aviation programs. He enjoyed air shows, building models, gardening, reading and history.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Carol Foltz; five sons, Rick, Robert J., Benjamin, Luke and Malachi; three daughters, Angela Smith, Moriah Dick and Brianna; and 12 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in New St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 417 Main St., Arcade.

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