Funeral arrangements set for TV anchor Rich Fisher

The Detroit News

Funeral arrangements for longtime Detroit news anchor Rich Fisher have been announced.

Fisher died Friday, March 24, 2017, of cancer of the esophagus, his family said. He was 67.

A visitation is set for 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks in Clawson. A memorial service is 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Fisher was known to many Metro Detroiters as the back-up to former Channel 7 anchor Bill Bonds until the early 1990s, when CBS lured him away as their principal anchor at WJBK-TV. When Fox-TV bought out Channel 2 in 1994, Fisher stayed with the new network until leaving in 1997 to spend more time with his family.

He later anchored the 11 p.m. nightly news at WWJ (Channel 62) until 2002.

Fisher started his broadcast career with an Alpena radio station in 1968 and was the recipient of awards including the 1993 Michigan Associated Press Award and a 1986 national award from the American Bar Association, according to WJBK-TV (Channel 2). He also secured an Emmy for his broadcasting.

“He loved ferociously. He spent his whole life making sure everybody knew how important they were,” said his daughter Stephanie Inman. “Everything that he could do for us was so above and beyond and extra.”