Jack W. Fisher, president of underwater equipment manufacturer JW Fishers Mfg., passes away

Jack W. Fisher, president of underwater equipment manufacturer JW Fishers Mfg., passed away on Feb. 20, 2015. He was 73 years old.

Fisher, an avid diver, started the company because he needed an underwater metal detector to use on a salvage project in the mid-1960s. He discovered no such device was available, so he designed and constructed his own underwater metal detector.

JW Fishers Mfg. was formed, and Fisher began building and selling his detectors to other divers. Over the next 50 years, the company designed, manufactured and marketed an extensive line of underwater search equipment.

Over the past several years, Fisher had cut back on his responsibilities with the company while grooming and developing others to take over. Karen Fisher, Jack’s wife of 30 years, will assume the role of president. His son, Brian Smith-Fisher, will become chief operating officer. Christopher Combs, previously sales manager and with the company for 43 years, will become general manager.

“Traveling the world for business and pleasure, Jack never tired of meeting new people and seeing old friends,” the company said in a press release. “He always said there was nothing better than being with family and friends. He will be missed by us all.”

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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