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In Memory of

Richard Leland Fisher

September 16, 1947 - August 27, 2012

Obituary


Richard (Dick) Leland Fisher a former executive for the Washington Gas Light Company and four-term representative to the Virginia House of Delegates for Virginia's 35th District passed away on Monday, August 27 at the age of 64. Dick was born September 16, 1947, in Olney, MD to Joseph Edward and Elizabeth Smith Fisher. He was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management in 1971.
Dick served for 30 years with Washington Gas Light Company starting in 1971, and retiring in 2000. He enjoyed progressive promotions over his...

Richard (Dick) Leland Fisher a former executive for the Washington Gas Light Company and four-term representative to the Virginia House of Delegates for Virginia's 35th District passed away on Monday, August 27 at the age of 64. Dick was born September 16, 1947, in Olney, MD to Joseph Edward and Elizabeth Smith Fisher. He was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management in 1971.
Dick served for 30 years with Washington Gas Light Company starting in 1971, and retiring in 2000. He enjoyed progressive promotions over his career, rising to the executive ranks, and retiring as Vice President of Operations. In addition to day-to-day management of operations and services, he was responsible for oversight of the company's transmission and distribution lines throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. He had overall responsibility for implementing Federal Regulations governing the operation. Upon retirement from Washington Gas, Dick served as a consultant on safety and reliability to the U.S. energy industry.
In July 2006, Dick was appointed Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) under then-Assistant Secretary John Hager. He was responsible for the overall administrative operations of the office and oversight of disability grants and research.

Dick served three terms, from 1985 to 1989, on the Town Council of Vienna, Virginia. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1989 and was re-elected in 1991, 1993 and 1995. He represented constituents in the 35th House District, which included Tyson's Corner, Vienna, Oakton, and part of Fairfax City. As a member of the General Assembly, Dick served as the Minority Whip and on the following committees: General Laws; Health, Welfare, and Institutions; Labor and Commerce; and the Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries. As a Delegate, Dick was most proud of his efforts on behalf of children with special needs. Dick was the sole recipient of the Governor and First Lady's Award for Community Service and Volunteerism in 1997. He was active in the Volunteer Emergency Families for Children (VEFC), an organization that provides emergency temporary foster care for children in need. In 1998, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. named Dick 'Lord Fairfax of the Hunter Mill District' in recognition of his extensive community service.
Army service
Dick (Fish) joined the Army Reserves in 1969. He spent his service as a landing craft boat skipper (LCM-8 coxswain) in the 464th Medium Boat Company, 97th Arcom, First Army and was stationed in Alexandria, Virginia for most of his service. He achieved the rank of specialist 7. Throughout his life, he remained close to many of the members of his old unit.

Dick loved people and especially enjoyed being with his friends and family, holding many of his friends close for decades. He was the first to volunteer to help a friend and gave generously of his time and energy. He trusted without hesitation and cared deeply for the needs of others, often before his own. He was a jack of all trades and enjoyed working with his hands and could (and did) fix anything. Growing up Dick was active in the 4-H Beef Club; he was a rower and baseball player in college; and enjoyed a lifelong interest in history, big band music and teaching others how to sustain themselves.
Dick is survived by his wife Tina Linden Fisher of Culpeper, VA
Brother Tom Fisher and his wife Julie Fisher of Salisbury, MD
His children Nichole Latiolais (Mark), Christina Magee (Shawn), Dylan Evers (Sonia), Jake Fisher and Joseph Fisher
His nephew Matthew Fisher and his wife Katy and their daughter Molly and son Wyatt of Winston-Salem, NC
Grandchildren: Ethan, Jordan, Amelia, Kieran
A remembrance of Dick's Life will be held Friday, August 31st at 12:00 at the Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oak Lawn Dr. in Culpeper, VA 22701.
Donations in Lieu of flowers may be sent to the American Heart Association (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/) or Vienna (Virginia) Youth Incorporated (http://www.vyi.org/).