Fisher's matriarch passes

The matriarch of a Vernon landmark has passed.

Irene Fisher died peacefully Dec. 11. She was 87.

Four generations of the family have operated Fisher's Hardware since it opened in 1935. It has been in the same location ever since.

Irene was predeceased by her husband Herb in 2017. But, sons Larry and Kelly, and daughter Leslee carry on the family tradition.

Larry says his great grandfather Mick founded the local landmark, and he himself has worked at the store for over 50 years.

"Between us, we've had more than 200 years cumulative here," he said.

Irene was a "great stay at home mom, who allowed us all to work harder" with her support from the home, said Larry.

Indeed, the family lived above the original store on the property for many years.

Irene was born in 1931 in Hazel Dell, Sask. After moving with her family to a farm in Lavington, she worked packing fruit at the Vernon Fruit Union as a teenager. She and Herb were married in 1949.

She was an avid gardener and curler.

The past two and a half years, she lived at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, where she struggled with Alzheimer’s. 

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