Rev. Dr. Richard D. Aubin-Fischer, 78, Westport


Rev. Dr. Richard David Aubin-Fischer, 78, died peacefully at home in Westport on March 31, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.  He was the son of the deceased Edward and Eva (Tangarone) Fischer of Hartford, Conn., and the beloved husband of Gail Aubin-Fischer of Westport. 

He is survived by two sisters, Dorothy (Fischer) Wurts and her husband William of Old Wethersfield, Conn., and Marjorie (Fischer) Paust and her husband Brian of Petersburg, Ark.  He leaves four children, Julie (Fischer) Thorpe and her husband Brian of Cranston, RI; David Fischer of Providence, RI; Tina McDonald and her husband Andrew Pacheco of Tiverton, and Heather (McDonald) Ellis and her husband Christian of Wareham, Mass.  He leaves four grandchildren, Adam, Jocelyn, Aden, and Benjamin.  

He was a United Church of Christ minister for 50 years, receiving his Doctor of Ministry at Andover-Newton Theological School, and was a longtime member of Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church in North Dartmouth, Mass.  He helped many people throughout his life as a psychologist, minister, pastoral counselor, preacher and teacher. 

He was a 25-year resident of Westport and loved boating on the Westport and Slocum Rivers.  He was solar powered, from barefoot and tanned childhood summers on Andover Lake, Conn., to sunshine walks on the beaches of Westport.  He loved to travel and learn about different cultures and instilled this love in his children.  He was a lifelong activist for social justice and hosted two television shows, Face the Nation, and Healing Life’s Hurts, for over 20 years.  He was an adventurous spirit, a dreamer of dreams, and lived life fully, embracing new experiences with gusto.  He loved art, jazz and a bottle of good scotch.  He will be remembered for his love of family, love of travel, being a gracious host, and his quick wit and sense of humor. 

His life will be celebrated at a Memorial Service at Smith Mills Congregational Church, 11 Anderson Way, North Dartmouth, on April 29 at 11 a.m.   We encourage you to bring your memories to share. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Smith Mills Church, where he spent many years worshiping, learning from others and sharing his insights with the Wednesday Bible Study group.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Rd., Westport.

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