Alice Fredericka Sophia Fischel, daughter of Bertl and Robert Fischel and sister of Frederick Fishell, born August 8,1928 died Friday Nov 2nd at the age of 84.
Alice was tremendously fond of characters, which was probably for the best as she was thoroughly one herself. A chemist by training, Alice received her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Toronto, at a time when few women went to University and even fewer entered the physical sciences. Indeed, she was one of only four women in her graduating class. She moved to Sarnia to work for Imperial Oil in 1954 to work as a research chemist and made Sarnia her home for the rest of her life.
Alice was active in the community working with the United Way -Sarnia-Lambton, the Distress Centre at the Family Counselling Centre and the Inn of the Good Shepherd. Alice was also actively involved with the Canadian Federation of University Women for many years.
Upon retiring in the early 1980s and undaunted by her physical challenges, Alice continued to pursue her interest in traveling and saw many parts of the world, including the Pacific North west, England and Spain. She was justly proud of her status as a grand master at bridge. Alice wrote long letters in an age when correspondence is deemed by many passé, and never forgot a birthday of any of her nephews or grandnieces and nephews as well staying in touch with her many friends and their families.
Alice had a wide and fiercely loyal set of friends, who will always remember her frank way of telling a truth, her acceptance of other peoples’ differences and her pleasure in engaging a fellow inquisitive mind. She will be very missed by all who loved her, especially her three surviving nephews: Richard, Gordon and John. Through it all Alice as always lived her life on her own terms.
A celebration of her life is to be held on November 30th between 3:00 and 5:00 pm at the Gourmet Café located at 1086 Modeland Rd in Sarnia.