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Monsignor Edward T. Fisher, educator, chaplain; Nov. 30, 1924 -- June 29, 2011

Monsignor Edward T. Fisher, a pastor, teacher and college chaplain, died Wednesday in St. Francis Home, Williamsville. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Joseph and the Little Flower Seminary in Buffalo and received his bachelor's degree in philosophy and theology from Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure University. He went on to earn master's degrees in education and history at St. Bonaventure and a doctorate in sacred theology at the University of Ottawa, Ont.

He was ordained June 4, 1949, by Bishop John F. O'Hara in St. Joseph's New Cathedral.

After serving as a missionary apostolate for a year at Sacred Heart Church in Angelica, he was assigned as associate pastor at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Buffalo, St. Bonaventure Church in West Seneca and Ascension Church in North Tonawanda.

In 1956, he was appointed professor at Notre Dame High School in Batavia, then in 1959 became a spiritual moderator and professor at Rosary Hill College, now Daemen. In 1969, he was named chaplain of the Newman Center at the University at Buffalo, where he served for 20 years, and became the Diocese of Buffalo's episcopal vicar for campus ministry in 1974.

Monsignor Fisher was appointed pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, the largest Catholic church in North Tonawanda, in 1989 and served there until his retirement in 2007.

His honors included being named Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II in 1988 and Prelate of Honor to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, formerly St. Albert the Great, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.

[ANDERSON]