December 8, 2022

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Sports Really Satisfies

Philip Fischer, entrepreneur devoted to family, Michigan and sports

Philip Fischer was a Michigan lawyer, entrepreneur and investor, but nothing mattered more than being a family man.

Married for more than 60 years, friends and family say he was rarely seen without his wife and their three daughters.

He took his girls all over, to sporting, educational and cultural events. At home, he created a hangout for the neighborhood kids at their house. He served as a softball coach, bus supervisor and driving instructor. When his daughters went away to camp, he wrote them a letter every day.

“He made it his mission in his life to do everything for his daughters and his wife, who was the love of his life,” said Daniel Syme, rabbi emeritus at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills. “He was a ‘girl dad.’ He is the only person I know who embodied that … He was a very special guy.”

Mr. Fischer died Monday, May 23, 2022, at his home in Boca Raton, Florida, after complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86.