Fischer, Dennis Elmer

A Heart is not measured by how much we love, but by how much WE are loved

My Darling Dennis was born in Hanover June 20, 1957 to Vera (nee Hackbart) and Elmer Fischer (predeceased 2000 and 1958). Sister Elaine welcomed him with open arms at their family farm in Neustadt, Fischer Poultry. In time brother and sister would be off in the world creating their adults lives. Elaine would marry (McKerracher) and welcome Christopher Robin to the family as a happy addition.

Dennis grew into an incredibly industrious focused individual as he grew and matured tackling every task, course and challenge he faced with tenacity and unfailing confidence. Life was good managing a shoe store, it became even better the day he met the Love of his Life Denita D. (Dee) Nutt, who coincidentally also managed a shoe store in the same chain.  A whirlwind romance ensued that included Dennis realizing the importance of buying Dee a pair of shoes she adored during their first date!  The wedding was held Saturday, October 30, 1976 in the rain which was fortuitous and provided the good luck for a long happy life together of 44 years! Dee became a Fischer and Dennis joined a bunch of NUTTS:  Marjorie and Wallace (predeceased 2012 and 2013), Diane (predeceased 2016), Dane, Delani and Daunell completed the Nutty group. Dennis will be sadly missed by what became an even larger family as Dee’s siblings married and became parents themselves.

Dennis would continue his education throughout his life attending Fanshawe College, York University, Laurier University, SAP Academy and constantly updating accreditation and designations throughout his career as a Production Manager at Teledyne Canada Woodstock, Sylvania Lighting, Mississauga, Director of Inventory and Production Planning at Garland, Toronto and the last 21 years as Senior Management Consultant with IBM Canada. Although Dennis had an illustrious career, his true calling and greatest joy came when he was called to the all important role of being a DAD in 1981.

The family started growing. Corey Ryan arrived in 1981, Tyler Jeffrey arrived in 1983, and Mallory Victoria arrived in 1985, completing the family of 5.  The house was filled with love, light and laughter.  There were always celebrations, friends, family and more fun and laughter than some may think humanly possible.  The proof is in the pictures, family pictures show love and smiles, goofy faces, a life full of joy!  Dennis was such a supportive Dad, always offering support and the perfect advice whenever anyone needed him.  Corey, Tyler and Mallory went on to complete many degrees at various Universities with their Dad beaming at the incredible accomplished people they became.  His greatest joy was not in his own accomplishments, but rather watching his children learn, grow and succeed in their own right!

The family continued to grow and grow and grow! Corey found Katie (Carter) and wed in 2010, Tyler found Paula (Andrade Pereira) and wed in 2014 and Mallory found Kyle Swegles and wed in 2014 as well.  WOW, a fuller house with more and more love and laughter.  In 2016 Mallory and Kyle would welcome Madelyn Victoria who would begin calling Dennis Papa.  Next up, Corey and Katie welcomed Cole Robert David in 2017 and Reid Blain in 2019, the “boys” as Dennis called them, would name Dennis Granddude.  But wait, life was not finished filling the family with love.  Tyler and Paula welcomed Maya Pereira in 2019 in Brazil, Dennis would be named Grampa. We met little Maya in person in Brazil in October 2019, unfortunately Covid19 would mean that video chats with Tyler, Paula and Maya would become the norm in 2020.  Little Maya would grab at the phone, waive, clap and smile for her Grampa, never quite understanding why he could not come out of the little screen.  Dennis was overjoyed when Mallory announced in January that there would be yet another addition to Mallory, Kyle and Madelyn’s perfect little world, a boy.  Sadly Papa will not meet him in person, however, Papa will undoubtedly be watching as he enters the world in September.

Dennis left us Sunday, August 16, 2020 after an extremely short yet brutal battle with Cancer. He fought so hard to stay with all of us, unfortunately the cancer gave him no choice.  We are devastated, broken hearted, sad, lost, but know that we must prevail and continue on supporting each other, learning to cope and love life again without our true love, Daddy, Dad, Papa, Granddude and Grampa.  Dennis taught us all how to live and love better.  Dennis lived his life for the love of his family, living the truth:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take,

But by the moments that take our breath away!

Thank you to our Darling Dennis for soooo many breathtaking moments!

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, donations to Pancreatic Cancer Canada or the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON  N4L 1B9 (www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca) to whom arrangements have been entrusted.

A service of remembrance, committal and interment will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford on Friday August 21, 2020 at 2 p.m.  Due to current Covid 19 Ministry guidelines and funeral protocols, social distancing and the wearing of masks are required should you wish to attend.

Details

Friday, August 21, 2020 2:00 PM
Service: Graveside Service conducted at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford

Donations: Pancreatic Cancer Canada or Alzhiemer Society of Grey-Bruce
Make a donation in memory of Dennis Elmer Fischer


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Jennifer Pearson
    Monday, August 17, 2020

    Thinking of all of you at this very difficult time. Cherish your special memories.

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  2. Carol McCuish
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    When I think of Dennis , what comes to mind , kind, gentle, smart and he loved a good laugh , just an all around good guy . You will be missed . Dee you have our deepest sympathy .Dan Carol Jeremy and Max

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  3. John Lee and family
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    I am so terribly sorry to hear of Dennis’ passing. I had the pleasure of working with Dennis at IBM. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

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  4. Ian Gallaway
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    So sorry to hear this terrible news. I had the pleasure of working with Dennis for a number of years at IBM. Always enjoyed his pleasant demeanour and “Can Do” attitude.

    He will be sorrily missed.

    Sincerest condolences,

    Ian Gallaway & family

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  5. Eero Traagel
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Dennis was a wonderful man, and colleague of mine at IBM. He always brought great professionalism, and a “get it done” attitude to all of his assignments. Please accept my deepest sympathies and sincere condolences.

    Eero Traagel

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  6. Jeff Strachan
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    My thoughts are with the Fischer family at this time. Dennis was a fellow IBMer, and I had a ton of respect for him. He was an affable, stand-up guy, with a deep knowledge of SAP. He was a mentor to me when I first joined the MASIS project, and he was always willing to share knowledge and give advice, even years later. He will be missed in many ways.

    My deepest condolences.

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  7. Frank Brodie
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear that Dennis has passed but am happy to see he has left his family with such good memories and that your life with him has been filled with happiness and laughter.
    I spent many years working with Dennis in Ottawa as a fellow consultant when I was with IBM. We were both travellers flying out of Pearson Airport to Ottawa, stayed at the same hotels, particularly the Embassy Hotel where at one time there were many of us IBMers and Dennis was pretty much a permanent resident.
    Many of us consultants shared shuttle transportation back and forth to work. We had many laughs together working on the Ottawa project with good people. Dennis was a diligent responsible consultant who always put his full efforts into providing the customer with the best possible solutions.
    Over the many years the project teams diminished and shuttles were no longer feasible. Dennis, Angela, and I shared travel with our designated Ottawa taxi driver Aladdin. I will pass this information on to him for he did bond with Dennis and they were good friends.
    Dennis will be missed and I know I will remember him as a hard worker, calm fellow, humorous associate, and friend. I recall one evening when Dennis and I were waiting for a shuttle in Ottawa to return to our hotels. There was a shooting star that Dennis spotted and pointed out to me. I had never seen one before. We looked as the bright light soared through the sky. We were both in Awe of the Majesty of this event. It left great impressions on us both. I see from the obituary that Dennis has been a shooting star for your family and know that his life has left you all richer in your souls.

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  8. John Carter
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    I am sorry to hear that Dennis has passed. I worked with Dennis at IBM in Ottawa and he was always forthright and positive – he left us with many good memories and will be missed by all of us.

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  9. Frans Clements
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    My deepest condolences for this tremendous loss of a great and warm person. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Fischer family.
    Dennis was a wonderful colleague I had the privilege to work with in the past few years. Dennis will be missed by many! I wish you strength and support in this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Frans Clements

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  10. Andrea Mac Murray
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    So very sorry for your family’s loss! I had the honor of working with Dennis in Calgary, he was an incredibly knowledgable and great colleague.
    He will be sorely missed. Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Andrea Mac Murray

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  11. Aman Syed
    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    Condolences to the family . He was a great colleague and mentor. We will be missing him in our future SAP Projects.

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  12. Jim Weir
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    I worked with Dennis over many years at IBM. I wish I had the opportunity to tell him now how kind and thoughtful I thought he had always been. I can still hear his laughter and see in my mind’s eye his ear to ear grin. I will miss him and his stories.

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  13. Marc Lavoie
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    I am devastated to hear this terrible news. I had the pleasure of working with Dennis for a number of years on MASIS project at IBM. Always enjoyed his dedication and listening.
    Our prayers goes to Dennis family in theses difficult moments

    My Deepest Condolences

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  14. Gary Josebeck
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    I only had the pleasure to know and work with Dennis for a few months prior to his illness. I’m very saddened to lose such a talented person. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dennis’ family and to Dennis himself that he may reach his final destination quickly. I’ll be asking Dennis for his support as I work on my projects, the ones that he was always so willing to offer his help. See you soon Dennis!

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  15. Suresh Sugathan
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. I had the pleasure of working with Dennis at IBM. Dennis was a wonderful colleague and will be sorely missed.
    Please accept my deepest sympathies and sincere condolences.

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  16. Don an Gail Lambe
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    Sorry to hear about Dennis. You an your Family are in our prayers an thoughts.

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  17. Kamaldeep Singh
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    Condolences to the bereaved Family. I had the opportunity to work with Dennis for a short period but was impressed with his mature and calm nature and Technical expertise. Great loss to his loved ones.May the departed soul Rest In Peace.

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  18. Navin Agarwal
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    Deepest condolence to the family. I had a pleasure to work with Dennis and I can say he was one of the warmest person to work with. He was very reasonable and always available to help which speaks volumes about him. May he rest in peace.

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  19. Tarun Bakshi
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    My heart pains by hearing this terrible news . I had the opportunity to work with him In Calgary and often used to get together for breakfast in the Hotel, where we would talk about many things including his love to go on cruises annually and how he and his family loves that. I used to tell him how reluctant I was to go on cruises for an extended time and he used to come up options where I could enjoy and experience the wonderful adventure. .

    I loved our conversations and will miss those . My prayers for his family to give you the courage to bear this irreplaceable loss. Rest in Peace Dennis.

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  20. Robert Carroll
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    I work with Gary Josebeck for Implementation Engineers. We are both serving FGF along with IBM and Dennis to install an SAP Maintenance Module for FGF. I only worked briefly with Dennis and sooo saddened by the loss of Dennis and for your loss. I love the quote about “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!” It was a pleasure meeting and working with Dennis. Our prayers are with the grieving family. His ship has not left this port, but docking at a new and glorious port on the other side.
    Best wishes and Blessings to come in the future.

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  21. Juliann Finch Castell
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    My heart goes out to the wonderful family Dennis has left behind.

    I had the pleasure of working with Dennis at IBM in Ottawa – not once, but twice! How lucky am I and so many others.

    When I heard the news, Dennis’ big smile and kind eyes popped right into my mind. A former colleague said, “you knew Dennis Fisher right?” … and there he was. Dennis is one of those people that will always stick out and be remembered. I remember him laughing and he would often have a nice weekend story to share with me when he returned to town. Whenever something unexpected or “less than optimal” would happen on the project, Dennis never got frustrated.. he would laugh and maybe roll his eyes. He served as a great roll model to shake it off and was always so approachable.

    He will be missed and I am really grateful to have worked with him. Thank you for sharing him with us.

    Fondly,

    Juliann Castell

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  22. KEVIN MEHRMANN
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    My thoughts are with the family as they grieve. I have worked for and with Dennis several times over the past 10 years. His sense of calmness always struck me. I respected him for his knowledge, mentorship and coaching as I transitioned from the military to civilian consulting. Dennis is one of the individuals I credit with my post military success. The last time I worked with him, I remember him being excited about a family trip to Florida and the excitement he described the vacation with on his return. I will miss Dennis, but his memory will be alive with his family and those who appreciated his guidance and mentorship over the years.

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  23. Martine Gagne
    Thursday, August 20, 2020

    I want to offer my sincere condolences to the extended family of Dennis. I had the privilege to work with Dennis for many years as part of the IBM family. I was also his manager for quite a few years. His contribution to our SAP Practice was significant and Dennis was an example of what a consultant should be. He was known for his professionalism, dedication, thoroughness and honesty. He was always ready to help his colleagues, his patience had no limits and I will always remember him as a gentleman. He travelled every week to support our clients across Canada and ensure the success of their initiatives. He spent a large portion of his time away from his family and he was totally dedicated to his job. I want to thank you again Dennis and your family also for your outstanding support over the last years. I was very sad to hear of this news and was disappointed not to have had the opportunity to say my goodbyes to you Dennis. I will miss you but my memories of you and our time together will remain close to my heart. Rest in Peace my dear friend and colleague.

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  24. Heather, Herman Janssen and family
    Thursday, August 20, 2020

    Denita and family, we just heard of Dennis’s illness last week, so to read this was a very real shock. We are so sorry to hear this, and please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Living next door for so many years we know what a kind, gentle, easy going man he was, and whenever he talked about his children and then his grandchildren, his face just beamed he was so proud of you all. He will be greatly missed. Hugs to you all.

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  25. Gary & Mary Miller
    Friday, August 21, 2020

    Dee and family, know that we share in your loss. May the many great memories comfort you all in this time of sorrow. May God Bless you all.

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  26. Marion Mower
    Sunday, August 23, 2020

    Ron and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Dennis’ passing. Please accept our sincere condolences at this difficult time.
    Ron and Marion

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  27. Rajen Patel
    Monday, August 24, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear that Dennis has passed. I had the privilege of working with Dennis for a number of years in Ottawa. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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  28. Nanda Machiraju
    Wednesday, August 26, 2020

    I had chance to work with Dennis recently part of my team, but within short time I got to know that he is a very thoughtful and knowledgeable person. At the back of my mind I was always thinking he is recovering well, but was shocked and saddened by this news. You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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