The son of Rose Mandell and Julius Fisher, both of Worcester, Conrad is survived by the love of his life, Edith Robbins Fisher, presently of Palm Beach and also born and raised in Worcester, where the couple were married on August 25, 1957.
He was the loving and attentive father of three children: Elizabeth Fisher, Jonathan Fisher (formerly of Palm Beach, FL) and Charles Fisher and his wife Wilandra. Sadly, Conrad’s son, Jonathan, his golf and tennis partner, passed away in January of 2012. Conrad is also survived by his sister, Lois Seder and her husband Warren and his brother, Phillip Fisher and his wife Susan. He is also survived by his four adoring grandchildren: Emily C. Stempler, Sally Rose Stempler, Sidney Blair Fisher and Satchel Norman Fisher, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Conrad graduated from Williston Academy, the Rossall School in England, where he received a scholarship from the English Speaking Union, Yale University, where he played Varsity Tennis and Boston University Law School, class of 1960.
He established his law practice, Helfenbein and Fisher, in Worcester in 1960, which ultimately became Fisher, Maldell and Fisher. Conrad was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association for 53 years and continued to practice law until three weeks before his passing, after a protracted battle with cancer. He was a lawyer’s lawyer, an insatiable student of law, a fierce protector of defendants’ rights, an unparalleled adversary, a master at mesmerizing a jury, as well as a natural humorist who could lighten the most tragic of circumstances.
In 1972, he single-handedly recovered and returned a Paul Gauguin, a Pablo Picasso and a Rembrandt which had been stolen from the Worcester Art Museum during an art heist in which a guard had been shot. He is a man who will always be remembered for his love of family, friends, kindness to strangers and zest for food, tennis, golf, dancing, music and life. He will be missed dearly and will remain in the hearts of those he touched and nourished forever.
Funeral arrangement have been made at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel, 7205 West Atlantic Blvd., Del Ray Beach FL, 33446/561-496-7550. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Donald Kaufman MD Charitable Trust at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Departments of Oncology or to You Inc., 81 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from April 27 to April 28, 2013