AGE: 93 • Freehold
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1918, Kenneth R. Fischer, died on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at his home in Freehold. After graduating from Malverne, NY High School in 1935, Mr. Fischer joined American Export Lines as a merchant seaman before serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine Corps during World War II. Upon returning from the Mediterranean theater of operations, he joined his father and brother at Greenwich Mills Co., a purveyor of coffee, tea, and spices, primarily to passenger ships in New York City and other ports. He became president and principal owner of the business for many years before it was sold to Chock Full o' Nuts Corp. in 1986. Prior to retiring from the coffee industry, Mr. Fischer became active in the standardbred horse racing business, acquiring Freehold Raceway and Gaitway Farm in Manalapan. He has owned numerous race horses over the years. He also built and owned Knob Hill Golf Club. A longtime resident of Essex Fells, Mr. Fischer was an active member of Essex Fells Country Club.
He is predeceased by Evelyn, his wife of 58 years and leaves behind his three sons, Kenneth Jr. of Chesapeake, Va., Gary of W. Orange, and Jeffrey of Plymouth, Mass.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be made by the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair. The family will receive visitors from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. A funeral service will be held at the parlor at 8:30 p.m. A private interment will be held in Port Washington, N.Y. on Saturday morning, Aug. 20, followed by a memorial service at Knob Hill Golf Club, 1 Shinnecock Drive, Manalapan, NJ at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Mr. Fischer's name be made to The Arthritis Foundation , P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077, or The Standardbred Retirement Fund, 108F Old York Road, Hamilton, NJ 08620. For directions and online condolences please visit www.moriartyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press from August 17 to August 18, 2011
1 Kenneth R. Fischer, b. 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y., d. Aug. 13, 2011, Freehold, NJ
2 Kenneth Fischer Jr. of Chesapeake, Va.
2 Gary Fischer of W. Orange,
2 Jeffrey Fischer of Plymouth, Mass.