Trooper: World War Two veteran George Fisher was still driving around the roads of Bermuda at the age of 90. *Photo by Simon Jones
Trooper: World War Two veteran George Fisher was still driving around the roads of Bermuda at the age of 90. *Photo by Simon Jones

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23: One of Bermuda’s last heroes from the Second World War has died at the age of 92.

George Fisher survived being shot in both legs at the infamous Battle of Arnhem in Holland and spent nearly a year in a prisoner of war camp in Germany before it was liberated.

At the end of World War II the brave Sergeant returned to his beloved Bermuda where he spent the rest of his life.

He worked for Bermuda Gas for more than 50 years and he and his wife, Dorothy, went on to raise two daughters, Madeline and Leslie, and a son Mark.

Mr Fisher’s grieving family has paid tribute to a ‘true war hero and a gentleman’.

His daughter Madeline Reape said: “He was the best father and he had a wonderful sense of humour.

“He was a great tease and loved spending time with his five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

“Dad was an incredibly humble man and he never really spoke about his experiences in the war until about 15 years ago.

“As children we never realized what he had been through and how lucky he was to escape with his life.”

Mr. Fisher grew up in Bermuda and after leaving school he joined his father on the dairy farm that he ran in Smiths.

At just 19 he was among the first band of 30 Bermudians who boarded the Mataroa at St George’s and volunteered to join the British War effort.

Mr Fisher was almost killed before he even reached the UK when the convoy of ships the Mataroa was travelling in came under attack from German U-boats.

Shot in both legs

Mrs Reape added: “We think dad was the oldest surviving World War Two veteran before he passed away.

“It was only when we got older that we realized what a hero he was.

“He told his company to leave him after he had been shot in both legs at Arnhem so they would not be captured.

“And then he had to spend nearly a year in the most awful conditions in POW camps before he could return home to Bermuda.

“Bermuda was everything to him.

“He loved the island and often said he could never have imagined living anywhere else.”

Mr Fisher suddenly fell ill last Wednesday and was taken into King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

He never fully recovered and passed away at 10pm the same day.

Mrs Reape added: “It really has come as a shock to all of his family. He seemed well and in good spirits.

“I saw him in the hospital on Wednesday and he seemed to be doing well and was looking forward to getting back home.

“His death leaves a huge hole in the lives of all his family but also all the people in Bermuda whose lives he touched.”

Mr Fisher’s other daughter, Leslie Geiger, arrived in Bermuda from her home in the US to celebrate her birthday with family on the day her father fell ill.

She said: “My father was just an incredible man.

“I will remember him as a true gentleman. He was caring, loving and generous.

“He loved his children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.

“And he always had time for people.

“It is a huge loss for our family. He was in many ways the centre of the family unit.”

Mr Fisher’s funeral will take place today at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Paget.