Clarence R. Fisher Jr., 77, real-estate broker and former Marine

Posted: August 08, 2014

IF YOU WANTED to buy a house and maybe you were concerned that you might not have had the wherewithal to attain what has always been part of the American dream, you needed to see Clarence R. Fisher Jr.

Clarence Fisher was a real-estate broker with a heart.

He would bend over backward, try every financial device, to fulfill your dream of home ownership.

"He wanted to make sure people got their homes," said his daughter, Tracy Worley. "He was a man of integrity, a man of his word."

Clarence Fisher, a former Marine, an avid golfer who founded the Philadelphia chapter of the National Negro Golf Association, and devoted family man, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 77 and lived in Germantown.

Clarence was a friendly, outgoing man who made friends wherever he went. When word of his death spread, there was a "tremendous outpouring" of sympathy, his daughter said.

"He was an upstanding man, and well-loved," she said.

Clarence was a 1955 graduate of John Bartram High School. He served stateside in the Marine Corps, then received his real-estate broker's license from Temple University's Real Estate School.

He established C.R. Fisher Real Estate in Mount Airy in 1979, and was highly regarded in the field for his dedication to his clients' interests and his honesty.

In 1997, he joined Cardinal Financial Mortgage Bankers, from which he retired in 2012.

In the '70s, Clarence took his passion for golf into the creation of the local chapter of the National Negro Golf Association, and became a charter member.

The association has annual tournaments all over. At the moment, it is being played in San Diego, and in October moves to the Dominican Republic.

Clarence, a determined duffer, attended as many get-togethers as he could. His last tournament was in May in Atlanta. He accumulated a number of trophies in his golfing career.

Clarence was also active in Democratic politics and worked on the campaigns of a number of candidates.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen Fisher; two sons, Clarence Fisher III and William Troy; two brothers, Edward and Michael Fisher; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and his former wife, Georgianne Fisher. He was predeceased by another daughter, Nanette Harold.

Services: 11 a.m. today at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown, 41 W. Rittenhouse St. Friends may call at 9 a.m.

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