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Memorial Service

Grahamsville United Methodist Church
Sunday June 5th, 2022
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Memorial Service

Bridgewater United Methodist Church
Friday June 10th, 2022
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Reverend George Peter Fischer Jr.

Reverend George Peter Fischer Jr. of Ellenville, NY, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Thursday, June 2, 2022.  He was 82 years old. George was born on January 28, 1940 in Randolph, NJ; he was the son of George and Maude (Tredway) Fischer. 


George grew up in Succasunna, NJ and graduated from Roxbury High School. He furthered his education earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master of Divinity Degree from Drew University. George served as a United Methodist Minister in The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference for 41 years.  During his ministry he served in Bayonne, North Plainfield, Piscataway, Wayne, retiring in 2004 from Bridgewater.  After retirement from full-time ministry, he served part-time at the Peapack-Gladstone UMC and as an interim pastor in Ulster and Sullivan Counties in New York. 


George enjoyed the outdoors. Gardening, mowing his yard, and bird watching were a few of his passions. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing and cheering on the Giants and Yankees. George had a great sense of humor and quick wit and was always ready with a joke or a one-liner.  He also never passed someone by without greeting them with a warm smile. The lyrics of his favorite song, "It's a Wonderful World", by Louis Armstrong, best describe his outlook on life.


He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Den Braven-Fischer whom he married on Aug. 20, 1960; their children, Gregory Fischer (Marci) and Susan Croggon; grandchildren, Rachel and Victoria Fischer, Matthew and Emilie Croggon, as well as a wide extended group of family, and friends who were like family. 


A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 5th at the Grahamsville United Methodist Church at 3:00 pm and on Friday, June 10th at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church at 4:00pm. Immediately following will be a time of fellowship in the church social hall. 



In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in George’s name to the Grahamsville United Methodist Church, PO Box 86, Grahamsville, NY 12740, the Ulster Heights United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 1264 Ulster Heights Rd, Ellenville, NY 12428 or Hudson Valley Hospice, www.hvhospice.org

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George was a blessing to all who were fortunate enough to know him. He was born to be a minister - always starting the service with a joke and then giving a compassionate, memorable sermon. He made you feel special just to be in his presence. I will always smile when I think of George.
My sincere condolences to Gretchen and family.

JoAnne Everett Jun 5 2022 9:15 PM

Thank you for your kindness and welcoming spirit. We walked down memory lane when we realized that Craig's family Marj and Jerry Leighty lived in Succasana and Craig graduated from Roxsbury High School. BUMC always felt like family with you at the helm. With fondest memories Holly, Stephanie and Thomas Leighty

Holly Leighty Jun 5 2022 9:51 AM

George, thank you for your kindness and good humor. I will remember your smile, your laugh and the wisdom and grace you offered me. I look forward to the day when we meet again, beyond grief, at the beginning of a New Heaven and a New Earth.
Lord, Comfort your daughter Gretchen and all those who love George. Surround them with them with your uplift uplifting arms and and help them too mourn as those who have hoped and you. In the name of our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

Michael Sparrow Jun 5 2022 2:06 AM

George will be at peace and no more struggle. It is us who are going to greatly miss his joyful presence, comforting conversations and his jovial personality. He will always have a special place in our hearts and I am sure many others. Love and remember you forever George ❤️

Bob and Debbie Straight Jun 4 2022 2:10 PM

I am so saddened to hear about passing of my dear Uncle George. I have to many wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. My love and sympathies go out to my Aunt Gretchen, Greg and my dear Susan. May our Lord embrace the Fischer Family with his love always.

Jonathan Presnell Jun 4 2022 12:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Reverend George Fischer Jr.

Howard&Patricia Budd Jun 4 2022 9:52 AM

George was the salt of the earth. (Matt 5:13) He was a strong, loving, gentle, compassionate man and pastor, and an example to those of us who came after him in ministry. He was a blessing to all who knew him.

David Lehmkuhl Jun 4 2022 9:36 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Reverend George Fischer Jr.

Donna Kortright Jun 3 2022 8:51 PM

I am so sorry to hear the news of George's passing. I will always remember his smiling face and all the times he made me laugh with one of his jokes. My condolences to Gretchen and the rest of the family.

Beth Churchill Jun 3 2022 6:54 PM