Christopher Stephen Fischer, beloved husband (to wife Maria Hilda Rivera), father (to son Mateo Alexander, and daughter, Stella Sabrina), son (to father ‘Hank’ Fischer), and brother (to sister Jennifer Anne), passed unexpectedly from this earth on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the age of 45. He went to join his mother, Janet Marie Fischer (nee Torgerson) and younger brother, Alexander David. So many of us lost a wonderful friend and family member.
Growing up first in Minnetonka, MN and then Bloomington, MN, Chris graduated from Thomas Jefferson Sr. High in 1991, and the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 1995.
Chris loved all things outdoors, but most especially hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, and scuba diving. He was never afraid of a risk for fun, thrilling for his friends and grey hair inducing for his parents. But Chris could also be counted on to make sure those of us more cautious types could also experience the adventure, knowing he would keep us safe. For example, he became certified in ice diving so he could rescue the vehicles of people who had overestimated the icy rivers and lakes of Minnesota, but he also loved to dive with those of us who were beginners.
As a kid, Chris drove everyone in the family nuts taking anything mechanical apart. It paid off though since as an adult he never met anything he couldn’t fix from cars to houses. He went on to become a successful housing and roofing contractor, first in Minnesota, then in Florida (where he added public adjustor for housing insurance claims to his resume) and Washington, D.C. In Washington, he met his wife and found his next adventure in marriage, kids, and renovating their house.
Chris never met a subject he couldn’t expound on in minute detail. As a voracious reader (and talker) from a young age, he could be counted on to frequently know more about any given topic than anyone else in the room. He loved arguing about politics and was active with the DFL until he moved to Florida and later Washington, DC. Because of this love and the level to which he sought fairness and justice in this world, it was surprising to many of us that he never became a politician. But it may be that the pain of the injustice he sometimes saw could wear him out.
The most common descriptors of Chris by loved ones are generous, kind, and relentless in his desire for justice. He always had time to lend his extensive construction expertise or any other hand to anyone who needed it and he was always the first to pick up a check or buy a round of drinks. As a contractor and public adjustor he sought the highest quality product for his customers and fought to ensure they received proper treatment by their insurance companies after having already suffered from the stress of storm damage.
Chris was the favorite playmate of his son, Mateo, 7 and daughter, Stella, 3 and could be counted on for plenty of roughhousing while still teaching them how to be gentle with others. Chris’s children demonstrate so many of his best qualities. He was a doting husband who sought to give the world to his wife, Maria Hilda Rivera.
Chris’s big heart and intelligence was not without peril, however, as it increasingly fed anxiety and depression that ultimately overcame him. He is deeply missed.