- January 8, 1938 - March 13, 2017
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After a brief battle with liver cancer, past Pacific Grove Mayor Morrie Fisher, 79, died in his home Monday, March 13, 2017 with family and friends close at his side. Morrie lived nearly all his life in Pacific Grove, attending Pacific Grove schools and graduated from Monterey Peninsula College. He honorably served his country aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Hom Richard, where he managed the ship's legal department. Morrie was employed by Monterey Savings and Loan, which became Coast Federal Bank, for 35 years, retiring in 1996 as vice president and manager of the Pacific Grove branch. His business career really began in 1949 when he became a paper boy for the Monterey Herald and ended up tripling his customers from 50 to 150.
Morrie was a loving father and cared deeply for his family and friends. He is survived by his two loving daughters Jodeen Gilpatrick (Husband Mike Gilpatrick) and Jana Woodmansee; five wonderful grandchildren: Jared Michael Gilpatrick, Cyrena Faith Gilpatrick, Ryan Morris Johnsen, Rachel Elizabeth Johnsen and Katie Jodeen Johnsen; one very special great-grandson Finnegan; loving sister, Jodeen (Mike) Colletto and brother Ralph (Debbie) Fisher; eleven nieces and nephews; eleven great-nieces and great-nephews; Charlie Higuera and his family and the Rock Broome family.
Morrie loved his hometown Pacific Grove and was a devoted public servant, as reflected in his many accomplishments and positions of public service held. He served the City of Pacific Grove on its city council for over 22 years, including three terms as mayor. He served on the Monterey Salinas Transit Board of Directors for 23 years, including 19 years as chairman and vice-chairman. He served as vice chairman for the Monterey County Transportation Commission. He was a director of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG). He was vice-chairman of the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency. He was a member of the Fort Ord Re-Use Authority Finance Committee, director of the Water Management District, director of SCRAMP, vice-president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, treasurer of the Monterey County Association for Mental Health, director of the Monterey Rape Crisis Board, Lt. District Governor of Monterey and California JAYCEES, member of Pacific Grove's Masonic Lodge and life member of the NAACP.
Morrie was Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year in 1999, inducted to the Monterey Peninsula College Lobo Hall of Fame as Distinguished Alumni in 2002 and elected to Pacific Grove High School's Hall of Fame.
During Morrie's three terms as mayor of Pacific Grove he oversaw the initiation of the DARE program, teaching the youth in our schools about the illegal use of drugs and he oversaw the successful conclusion of the reconfiguration of the Monterey Salinas Transit route changes through Pacific Grove neighborhoods to reduce noise and bus frequency and increase public safety. He oversaw the purchase of property for the new senior housing complex. He initiated the city's first 4th of July Picnic Celebration and the city's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. He supported the building of Pacific Grove's new city hall and community center and especially loved that he was able to get grass on the infield of the city's ball park and he even had enough time to play golf with his good buddies Charlie Higuera, Marty Larkin, Rudy Rosales, TJ Howe and the rest of the 8:00 bunch. Morrie looked forward every morning to having coffee with the guys Joe Silva, Richard Radley and Manny Cardoza and solving the world's problems over a cup of java. He loved having Bruce Obbink, Ron Shenk, Phil Sanders, Richard Cox and many other close friends stop by for a visit and a good joke. Morrie will be missed and long remembered.
Visitation will take place at The Paul Mortuary Chapel today, March 16 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be at St. Mary's by-the-Sea tomorrow, Friday, March 17 at 10:00 followed by burial with Military Honors at El Carmelo Cemetery. If so disposed, in lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Morrie's memory to the PG Alumni Association or the PG Knockout, PO Box 51396, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950 or the National Autism Association, One Park Ave., Ste. 1, Portsmouth, RI, 02871.
Arrangements under the direction of The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, CA.