Bud Fisher was a dedicated teacher and principal, but above all a gentleman, who battled for the interests of students.
Fisher died Sunday, May 10, at the age of 61, from pleural mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos particles, which he contracted during a summer job as a university student in 1967. Fisher spent one summer wrapping pipes in asbestos 42 years ago. At the time, masks were not a regular precaution, as the risks were not understood.
The well-known and respected educator was vice-principal at Orchard Park Secondary School for six years from 1990 and 1996, then spent six months at Saltfleet District High School.
Fisher began and finished his career in Dundas, starting at Highland in 1974 returning in 1997 as principal at Parkside where he postponed retirement in an effort to help ensure a proposal to close the high school did not materialize.
Orchard Park English teacher Carol Deckert worked with Fisher for 10 years, at Parkside and Orchard Park. She remembered his support for new ideas and willingness to take students in new directions and embrace change.
Fisher was survived by his wife Pam and son Tom.
Charles Robert Kemp, known as Dr. Bob to just about everyone, died at a Stoney Creek nursing home June 14. He was 95.
Hundreds were on hand at a memorial to honour the long-time physician who touched the lives of thousands of people and whose legacy will continue to be felt for decades to come.
Beth Ellis, executive director of the Dr. Bob Kemp Centre for Hospice Palliative Care, called Dr. Bob a compassionate and caring physician who believed the health care system “should move around the patient as opposed to the patient moving around the system.”
Dr. Bob continued to make house calls to his patients well into his 70s.
A family doctor in Stoney Creek for more than 50 years working out of his home office on Wardrope Avenue, Dr. Bob was a driving force for better health care services in the east end. His hard work was realized with the construction of the St. Joseph’s Community Health Care Centre.
Dr. Bob had a passion for end-of-life care. He believed everyone should be allowed to die with dignity in a warm, home-like setting with health care providers near by rather than in an institution. From that passion grew the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, which began as a day hospice program at the Church Of The Redeemer in Stoney Creek about 15 years ago.
The program shifted to the St. Joseph’s Community Health Care Centre for a few years before moving to Dr. Bob’s house in 2000. Ellis said Dr. Bob donated his home to the hospice program after he retired.
In July 2007, the $4.2 million, 10-bed residential hospice (aka Bob’s House) officially opened on the south Mountain.
Dr. Bob was survived by his wife of nearly 69 years Mildred, daughter Linda and her husband Bruce Hutchinson, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Fred Lintack, who served on the Saltfleet and Stoney Creek councils died July 7.
The beloved councilor was remembered by the former mayor of Stoney Creek, Bill Sears, who said Lintack loved to keep busy.
“In those days, I think there were five standing committees and any councillor would be on three of them at most," said Sears, who also served as Hamilton-Wentworth chair for one term. "But Freddy went to them all."
But if something didn’t seem right at a council meeting, the late councillor was the first to speak up.
Lintack was elected to Saltfleet Township council in 1961 and served on it for a total of 13 years, including a stint as deputy reeve in the early 1970s. He served as the Ward 2 councillor on the Town of Stoney Creek council from 1974 to 1985.
Lintack ran for the Stoney Creek seat on Hamilton-Wentworth council in 1985 but was defeated and lost a 1988 bid to return to his Ward 2 seat.
After his term on council, he served on the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority. In 2005, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Hamilton, Lintack came to Winona in his teens when his father and mother bought a grape and pear farm on Winona Road.
After school he went on to run his own small trucking company, hauling fruit in the fall and plowing highways in the winter. He was a founding member of the Winona Men's Club, active with the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and later served on the Stoney Creek Hydro Commission and the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority.
Lintack was survived by his sons, Rick and Wayne. He lost his wife, Nellie in 1981. He later married Annette.