Sept. 2, 1940 – Feb. 1, 2021
Tom Fisher, 80, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 1. He was the office manager/staff accountant for more than 22 years at Fern Exposition Services in Kansas City, Mo. (until the lockdown layoffs last July) and prior to that he spent 10 years with Hubbell-Tyner, a full-service convention contractor.
“Tom was a gentle and dedicated team member who never sought praise or attention,” says Sheila Pannell (pictured left), vice president national accounts, Fern. “He was just content in doing his job and going the extra mile all the while offering a hand and willing to please. The presence of his tremendous sense of humor and storytelling will ever be near. It was a joy and privilege to share in the last 25 years with Tom and we greatly miss him.”
Tom grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from North Kansas City High School. He attended Baker University and received his degree in accounting from LaSalle University in Chicago. He is survived by his lifetime partner and soulmate of 31 years, Jim Erickson of Kansas City; daughter Karen Campbell (Jack) from Lake Elsinore California; son Daren Fisher (Sharon) from Lucas Texas; grandsons Patrick and Derek Fisher from Lucas, Texas, and now both attending the University of Arkansas; nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephew; and a huge number of friends for which many he considered part of his extended family.
Except for work obligations, Tom and Jim were always together in everything they did. Where you saw one, you saw both. Together they found true friendship, companionship, and most of all happiness in their love for each other with a bond many do not ever have a chance to realize and experience.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Frances Fisher, and his brother, Leon.
His spirit for the well-being of others, huge heart for life, and contagious laugh will be missed by so many near and far, but not ever be forgotten.
To share a memory or send condolences in his online guestbook, please visit www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/gladstone-mo/thomas-fisher-10042550
This story originally appeared in the Mar./Apr. 2021 issue of Exhibit City News, p. 45. For original layout, visit https://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecn_mar-apr_2021