Remembering Sidney Richard Fisher
written by Ruth Jackson Gash on behalf of Long Sutton Quaker Meeting
Testimony to the Grace of God as shown in the life of Sidney Fisher
Sidney Fisher -
Sidney's long life reflected his search for truth and profound faith, as well as his keen interest and the pleasure he took in everyday affairs. He believed that the Holy Spirit of God is present in all creation. He believed that God's will prevails ultimately and he lived his life in the simple faith, that the "Unseen Navigator" was beside him, guiding and caring for him. He believed passionately in the power of prayer and in the importance of meditation, and above all, contemplation.
Sidney loved all god's creatures, befriending the birds in his garden and the field-
We were greatly blessed by his presence at Meeting for Worship, where Sidney ministered prayerfully and from the heart. As an Aspen tree quivers in the wind Sidney was sometimes shaken by the power of the Holy Spirit and would "quake". In Long Sutton Meeting House, shortly before he died, he spoke memorably of the joy of waking in the morning, breathing and being alive.
The Meeting for Prayer and Healing had been a focal point in Sidney's life for years.
He had a particular concern for mothers and their unborn babies, as well as those
people in our local communities who needed support. He was a fierce guardian of this
meeting and displeased by non-
Sidney and Kathleen moved from Northumberland to Somerset on Sidney's retirement, somewhat to their children's surprise. They came together to Long Sutton Meeting for Worship until Kathleen's illness prevented her. Sidney cared for Kathleen through her final difficult time and kept her memory alive, often speaking of her lovingly.
Sidney founded the Rambler's club in Curry Rivel and led bird-
Sidney published his autobiography, "Dust and Stars", which includes many of his poems, in 1995. In the last month of 2011, Long Sutton Meeting published "Promptings", an anthology of quotations from the mystics, theologians and poets, which Sidney used to provide for our spiritual nourishment as an "Endpiece" or "Opening" in the monthly newsletter. In hospital, in the last week of his life, Sidney was still working on his latest book. He handed over its final editing and publication to his son David.
The poem "Alpha-
"Lead me, my guide, my truth to learn
Teach me, my God, thy truth to yearn
And fix me, as to thee I turn
Cool me as for thee I yearn
Awake, my soul: Is this dream for me
That in God's heart myself does seem to be?
Hearken, my soul; in spirits purest ray
Rest.........there is no more to say
I have so many good memories, i'll never forget his warmest heart to me. Keiko Ohgane
We recollect his quiet but wise council, which I (Angela) remember particularly from when I stayed with you (Sally) and your family in Saffron Walden in 1962. Angela & Adrian Lepper