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Harry Samuel Fisher

Harry Samuel Fisher died peacefully, at home in Holland PA, on Friday, June 7, 2024. He was 86 years old.

Harry was the beloved husband of Julie Ann Zuggi Fisher. The couple shared over 60 years of love, family, and good memories.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Harry was the son of the late Harry and Margaret Wilson Fisher.

Harry was known as “Whipper” while growing up, and then “Handsome Harry” in his teens and 20s, finally settling on “Pop” (his favorite) after his first grandchild was born.

Pop was a standout basketball & baseball star in his youth while playing on the tough courts of Philly and at Frankford HS.  His coaches thought he had the talent to go pro, but he was height-challenged (especially against the likes of Wilt Chamberlain) so he decided to take his talents elsewhere.

Pop achieved minor local fame as a dancer on Bandstand in the 1950s.  It was said his energetic dance moves inspired the opening lyric, “We're goin' hoppin’ today”.  He also worked the door where he decided who would be the dancers that day.  And Dick Clark enlisted him as his driver and aide whenever Dick would DJ at local events such as the Starlight Ballroom, which led to Pop carrying lots of records.

Pop served honorably in the United States Army, and he loved his country.  After his service, he worked at the Nicholson File factory in Fishtown, while he also ran a cheesesteak shop with his wife Julie.  After the factory closed, Pop had a number of delivery jobs with the Philadelphia Journal, Drake’s Cake and Whittle Communications.  He had a knack for always hitting 100% of his quotas for companies that closed or moved away.

Pop had a legendary sweet tooth from an early age.  He knew all the best bakeries in Mayfair, and always brought home doughnuts and banana cream pies.  And Pop loved his coffee… with extra cream & 12 sugars… at 2am… to help him sleep.

But most of all, Pop loved his family.  His ideal day was doing whatever his wife, or kids, or grandkids wanted to do.  When the family moved from Fishtown to Mayfair in the early 1970s, he helped found and coach the Mayfair Shamrocks so his kids would have a neighborhood sports club.  He didn’t have lots of hobbies, nor was he a drinker or a smoker.  He simply enjoyed providing for his family, making them laugh, and ensuring there was plenty of teasing at all times.  His favorite family trips were the annual week in Wildwood NJ and a couple of Disneyworld visits with roller coaster rides aplenty. Later in life, he enjoyed spending time at the family house in Ocean City NJ.  As his 2 children grew up, he took great pride in their accomplishments (and occasionally told others about them).

The true love of Pop’s life was always his wife Julie.  He was devoted for many decades even until the very end.  As he told his son, “Don’t worry about me. Just take care of your mother.”  And as far as anyone knows, they never had a cross word in over 60+ years together (although this has not been verified).

Over the years, Pop had his angels by his side - his beloved wife “Gram”; doting daughter Julianne and daughter-in-law Kathy; irreverent son Harry J. and son-in-law Bill; energetic & adoring grandchildren Kaitlyn, Caroline, Russell and Harry T. (who all kept him young).  They were always on call to fix his computer, turn on the Price is Right or find the Phillies game.  Harry is also survived by his brother Everett Fisher, his sister-in-law, Judy Zuggi, and his loving nieces and nephews.  They will all miss him dearly, but they know he is enjoying coffee and doughnuts in Heaven.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet Harry’s family on Friday, June 14, 2024 from 1:00pm, until the start of his Life Tribute at 2:30pm, at the Joseph A Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown Richboro Road, (at Holland Road), in Richboro, PA 18954.

Harry’s interment will take place privately, on a different date.

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Afternoon Visitation

    Friday, June 14th, 2024
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, Richboro
    800 Newtown-Richboro Road
    Richboro, PA 18954

  • Tribute

    Friday, June 14th, 2024
    2:30 PM

    Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, Richboro
    800 Newtown-Richboro Road
    Richboro, PA 18954

  • Interment

    Interment will be held privately

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