Longtime Vienna public servant and former Del. Richard "Dick" Fisher died Monday at the age of 64.
Fisher spent most of his adult life as a public servant in Vienna. From coaching youth football to serving on the town's Transportation Safety Commission, Planning Commission, Council and various committees throughout the county, Fisher stayed active in the community.
"He was a fine gentleman," said Maud Robinson, a former council member. "He served the town well, honorably, on the Planning Commission and the Town Council. When he was a member of the Virginia legislature, he always looked out for the interests of Vienna in any legislation being considered. He really loved this town."
Starting in 1990, the Republican delegate served four terms in the 35th District, a seat currently held by Del. Mark Keam (D).
"He was a consensus maker. He would try to get everybody on the same page, get everyone to agree," said Mayor Jane Seeman, a longtime friend of Fisher's through her late husband, Rodger. "He wasn't 'my way or no way.' He was great for compromises."
Seeman recalls her husband encouraging Fisher to run for Council, then strategizing to help him get elected.
"I know my husband thought highly of him as a public servant because he put in so much time for him," Seeman said. "It was a lot of fun helping him get elected and re-elected to the House of Delegates. He was such a happy person. Everyone loved him."
Fisher is survived by his wife Christina and five children Nichole Litiolais, Christina Magee, Dylan Evers, Jake Fisher and Joseph Fisher. A funeral service is scheduled for noon Friday at Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oak Lawn Drive in Culpeper.