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11/17/1956 — 07/19/2020
From Richland, WA | Born in Richland, WA
On July 19th, the Tri-Cities lost one of its biggest champions, Brad Fisher. He believed in giving back to the community he loved so much and embodied the Rotary motto “service before self.” Brad was a former Kennewick city council member, the youngest Kennewick mayor (age 32 in 1988-89), member and chairman of the Benton County Republican Party, board member of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center and Mid-Columbia Reading Foundation, and an active member of WSU Tri-Cities advisory council and Tri-City development council.
Raised in Kennewick, Brad was born in 1956 to Bob and Shirley Fisher–his favorite golfing companions. He grew up across from the Tri-City Country Club, and even as a young boy, was well known by the members for his winning smile, greeting everyone by name and inquiring about their families and golf game. In 1975, Brad graduated from Kamiakin High School and continued his education at the University of Washington before transferring to his beloved Washington State University. He took great pleasure in teasing his Husky friends that “everyone should start at a junior college.” Brad loved being a Coug! He enjoyed attending football and basketball games and enthusiastically supported all things WSU Tri-Cities!
After finishing his business degree in 1979, Brad moved back to the Tri-Cities where he began his financial advising career at Murphy Favre. In 1985 he became managing director at Piper Jaffray where he spent the next 20 years. During this time, he met his wife Jennifer and after a 2-year courtship, they were married in 1993. Together they raised four children. He adored them and loved supporting all of their academic and athletic endeavors. As a family, they enjoyed traveling, entertaining, and of course watching their Green Bay Packers. One of Brad’s proudest investments is being a shareholder of the Packers and becoming a season ticket holder after 29 years on the wait list.
In 2006, Brad helped launch the Tri-City RBC Wealth Management office. He took pride in assembling an exceptional group of advisors and assistants who along with his clients brought him great joy. Brad was a confirmed workaholic. One of the saddest days of his life was having to retire from his “second home” in 2019 after being diagnosed with stage IV glioblastoma. This horrible cancer did not stop Brad from wanting to improve life in our community. One of the first things his family heard from Brad after he came out of brain surgery was him urging the hospital staff to support the effort for the Tri-Cities to regain local control of the Columbia River shoreline!
Brad is preceded in death by his parents Bob and Shirley Fisher. He is survived by his wife Jennifer; children Chelsea (Jesse) Goff, Lindsey, Zachary, and Quinci Fisher; grandchildren Kipton, Penelope, and Cooper; and sister Stacie (Russ) Hamilton.
We are indebted to so many that have given us comfort and peace during this difficult time: The entire RBC family, Kadlec staff, Tri-City Cancer Center, Richland Fire Department, and Chaplaincy Hospice. In particular we would like to thank Brad’s life-long friend Bob Marple who sent Brad a daily email with pictures and videos to brighten his day.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to honor Brad’s memory can be made to the following charities that were important to him: The Tri-City Cancer Center, Tri-City Reading Foundation, Kadlec Foundation, Kennewick Police Foundation, Chaplaincy Healthcare, and the WSU Tri-Cities Brad Fisher Endowment Fund.
A celebration of Brad’s life will be held at a later date due to the pandemic.
My apologies to the Fisher family for this late note to Brad’s guestbook, but I wanted you to know that Brad was a fine man well-respected colleague. In the financial services industry, to describe someone as being ‘one of the good guys’, was the highest form of compliment and Brad truly earned this distinction.
I was a fixed income strategist at RBC and first met Brad when he invited me and Phil Dow, an RBC equity strategist, out to the Tri-Cities to do a couple of client seminars shortly after he opened the RBC office. Brad knew Phil from his Piper days, but didn’t know me from Adam and he couldn’t have been more hospitable. We became friends and frequently corresponded over the years and rarely did a conversation end without discussing the Packers/Vikings prospects (and I’m sure he wasn’t pleased about the recent game outcome).
I last spoke with Brad in the summer of 2019 when he called to let me know he was retiring that October, my initial reaction was “luckyyy” and that he would beat me to retirement, my plans were to retire at the end of 2019. Then he told me of his medical prognosis and the reason for his early retirement and my happiness for him changed to sadness especially since through a similar family experience I knew the seriousness of a glioblastoma diagnosis.
I hate to say that I hadn’t thought of Brad since our last conversation, until today when I received a LinkedIn reminder of his birthday which prompted me to come here and reminisce once of more of this fine man.
May God bless you all and keep you.
My very best regards,
So sorry and deepest sympathy for the Fisher family. Brad’s father had a great influence on John and as Bob, Brad was inspirational, too. Always a smile and genuine interest in meeting all people and a strong interest in community. He will be missed.
It’s not how long but rather the quality and richness of one’s life.
I was very touched and inspired to read and learn about Mr. Fisher’s life.
My sincere and deepest condolences to Zach and the Fisher family.
To the Fisher family.
I’m incredibly sad to hear this news. Brad was a wonderful friend and I will never forget the impact he made on me. I will miss him very much! Your family is in my prayers.
Jennifer, Chelsea, Lindsey, Zach and Quinci you all know how much I loved your husband and father. Brad was my big brother and only sibling. He was a wonderful man. I will miss him very much. He is with Mom and Dad and I’m sure they are playing golf and drinking a Keystone Light. Love you all.
Rest in peace my friend
Brad was a remarkable man, truly one of a kind. He left his mark on the Tri-Cities and beyond. He was my friend and financial advisor for over 30 years. He had a knack for always making me feel like I was the brains behind my savy investments, even though half the time, I didn’t have a clue what we were talking about. I am honored to have known you, my friend. Rest In Peace. ❤️
The story of your shared life with Brad warmed my heart! That you have raised 4 children together and now have grandchildren, that Brad championed the Tri-Cities and worked so hard for its people, that you loved each other for all of those years, that you rode out that final illness together, what strength and devotion that must’ve taken.
My heart also breaks for you. To look at his picture and read about what a great guy he was, what a devastating loss! I am so sorry.
Having lost a husband in 2016, I know something about how this feels. Here is my email: firstname.lastname@example.org I am here when and if you would like to catch up.
Brad was a great man, husband, and father. The community and WSU fans will truly miss him!
Jennifer – my heart goes out to you and your family.
Our hearts go out to you and your children during this time.
It was wonderful seeing Brad at CBRC last Feb. or March.
As always, he was so friendly and we had a nice conversation.
We are so sorry to lose that great man.
With deepest sympathy, Judy & Grant Baton
Brad repeatedly demonstrated that he was a TriCitian to the core of his being. Through the last seven years — Brad, Doc and I gave dozens of explanatory talks on re-conveyance of the Columbia Rivershore back to our community.
There wasn’t a single invitation from any group or organization that Brad didn’t eagerly accept. Brad knew no restrictions — he willingly spoke with Senator Murray and Congressman Newhouse, as well as with environmental groups who expressed their concerns about taking the rivershore from the Corps of Engineers who have held it since 1948.
This effort was simply indicative of how Brad approached his service to his community, to his friends, and more importantly, to his family.
I feel very fortunate to have become close to Brad .. in both a community relationship and as a friend.
Having lunch with Brad was always a good experience. It seems everyone knew Brad, and he was hard to miss; tall, handsome and with his shock of silver hair. But more than that, he had a smile and a friendly greeting for everyone he met.
Jennifer, our heart goes out to you and the ‘kids.’
We too will greatly miss this Very Good Man!