James Ervin Fish, 70, of Great Mills, Md. died at his home on Dec. 26, 2012, with his loving family at his side.
Born May 15, 1942 in Castle Dale, Utah he is the son of the late John Fish, Jr. and Edna (Hardy) Fish.
James entered the United States Air Force in 1961 and proudly served his country until his retirement as a Master Sergeant in 1982. On June 28, 1967, he married his beloved wife, the late Susan Varney Fish, in New York. During his twenty-one years of honorable service to his country he earned the Good Conduct Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster and one bronze oak leaf cluster; the Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; the Longevity Service Ribbon with four bronze oak leaf clusters; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Vietnam Service Medal; the Outstanding Unit Award and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. After retirement he worked as an Assistant Manager for many Food Lion Grocery Stores for fifteen years. He was a world traveler, spending time in Japan, Thailand, Alaska, England, Korea, Vietnam, Maine, Oklahoma and New York. However, his favorite place to spend time was Hawaii. In addition to travelling, he also enjoyed photography, woodworking, gardening, and fishing.
James is survived by his children, Clarissa Errington (Frank) of Peru, Maine, Melissa Fish of Fredericksburg, Va., Matthew Fish of Great Mills, Md., and Brandice Gunderson (Kristina) of Great Mills, Md.; his brothers, Louis Fish (Jean) of Salt Lake City, Utah and Frank Fish (Marie) of Post Falls, Idaho; and his grandchildren, Isiah Brown and Noah Brown of Peru, Maine and Gavin Logel and McKenzie Ayuso of Great Mills, Md. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife.
Family will receive friends for James' Life Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 from 10 to 11 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m. with Reverend Joe Orlando, at Brinsfield Funeral Home P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Interment will follow at Ebenezer United Methodist Cemetery, Great Mills, Md.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.