THOMAS J. FISHER: A Planner and a
the turkey. Slipping out for a round of golf. Taking his
wife and three children to a Britney Spears concert. Not
to mention working, as a vice president for operations at
Fiduciary Trust Company International. How did Thomas J.
Fisher, 36, get it all done?
"The Bible says God created our world in seven days,"
Mr. Fisher's brother-in-law, Chris O'Donnell, said in his
eulogy. "I think Tom could have done it in six and still
gotten 18 in along the way."
The Fisher family had the most meticulously mowed lawn
in their Union, N.J., neighborhood, and Mr. Fisher
insisted on painting the house himself. Twice. "He was on
double ladders, hanging off a slate roof. I was
panicking," said Susan Fisher, his wife. "But he wouldn't
hire people to do things like that."
Mr. Fisher was a planner. "Get it on the calendar!" he
would cry when friends proposed a tentative get-together.
And on the calendar it got. "He exhausted me," said Mrs.
Now she is the one raking the lawn and shopping for
groceries. "He left me with a three-month supply of paper
towels," she said. "And big shoes to fill."