Ursula ‘Kim’ Fisher (nee Heitman), of Vancouver, passed away, with her daughters by her side, aged 82, on July 26th 2017 after a fight with pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Delmenhorst, near Bremen, Germany, on 6 May 1935, Ursula was the youngest of four sisters born to Alfred and Rinelde (nee Haschenburger) Heitman.
She was predeceased by Robin L Fisher (d Oct 11,1992) with whom she had two daughters, Lisa and Inge. Lisa’s daughter Natalie and Inge’s husband Kevin and sons Max and Ben, with whom she lived for many years, knew her as ‘Oma’. The extended family knew her as ‘Ursel’, she is survived by her sister Helga Ahrens in Bremen, and niece Hannelore Strobach (husband Reiner, children Sabine and Beate) in Delmenhorst, nephew Stuart Homer (son Luke and wife Anne) of Walsall, England, and niece Alison Reed (husband Mike, children Jonathan and Elizabeth) also of Walsall. To her colleagues and many, many friends she was known simply as ‘Kim’.
A courageous and intrepid adventurer, she left Germany in 1957 to go to America and then onto Canada, finally settling in Vancouver in 1962. She worked for Chevron for 27 years and volunteered her services to several causes that were dear to her heart, namely Expo 86, the United Way, the 2010 Olympics, and the Vancouver Aquarium, which she supported for 30 years, contributing more than 10,386 hours and becoming a patron in 2007. It was with enormous pride when in 2010 at the age of 75 she carried the Olympic flame through Duncan as part of the Vancouver Aquarium relay team.
In addition to her passion for the aquarium and our oceans Kim was involved with Whistler Mountain both as an employee in 1965 and later as a volunteer mountain guide. She had a passion for skiing, and many people will remember the fearlessness and joy with which she approached the slopes of Whistler.
Fiercely loyal, she was a vibrant, vivacious, free spirit, who brought excitement, fun and friendship to everyone who met her; a woman with the stubbornness, determination and bravery to live life fully and well, and who inspired others to do the same.
She loved life and nature and made the most of both. She followed her dreams and encouraged everyone to do the same. We were so lucky to call her our mom and know her free spirit will live on in the many friends and family she inspired along the way.
A Celebration of Life to be held at the Vancouver Aquarium September 21st, 2017. 2-5pm
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vancouver Aquarium – her home away from home! The Vancouver Aquarium has set up a dedicated page to donate in Kim’s memory.