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Leonard Fisher

Leonard Fisher

Leonard M. Fisher, 75, of West Orange died April 11, 2020. He was originally from Springfield, Mass.

Mr. Fisher had served as head of Legal at Beneficial Insurance Group, HSBC (in New Jersey), and Hiscox (in New York). He was also of counsel at Wilson Elser Law Firm in New York. Following his retirement from Hiscox, he worked as assistant director of the foundation at Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, where he interacted with donors and served on the investment committee. In this role, he also collaborated closely with Jewish Community Foundation officials at Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

He was a graduate of Drew University and Boston College Law School.

A lifelong champion and patron of the arts, theater, opera, and Jewish music, he was a longtime member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, to which he was appointed by NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. During his tenure, he served as grant chair and was subsequently elected to the position of chair. He served on the board of the NJ Shakespeare Theater and was president of the NJ Ballet.

He was an active member of B’nai Shalom in West Orange, where he was a past president and served for many years on its executive board. He and his wife Nancy were honored by the synagogue as a Couple of Distinction. He was a member of the High Holiday Cantor Selection Committee, and had a longstanding position handling the honors for the holidays. He called out the shofar notes in his trained operatic tenor voice.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years; two sons, Paul (Melanie) and Coby; and two granddaughters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Dr. Reily’s Molecularly Targeted Cancer Therapy Fund: 313215; or B’nai Shalom, West Orange.

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