March 8, 1944 – Jan. 24, 2013

Max “Herb” Fischer, of Eggertsville, whose long career in financial planning and management included helping countless victims of natural disasters and the 9/11 terrorist attack, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long battle with leukemia. He was 68.

A native of Reimlingen, Germany, he moved to the United States with his family when he was 7 years old. He and his parents, the late Tony and Betty Fischer, were active in the Buffalo Soccer Club.

Mr. Fischer was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and the University at Buffalo.

He was a 30-year member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and was a founder and the first president of the club’s Niagara Section. He was a former treasurer of the club’s Finger Lakes Section.

He also was a member of Washington Lodge 240, Free & Accepted Masons, and a former member of the Executive Planning Institute and Western New York Consultants.

Mr. Fischer had a long career in financial planning and management, mostly as an accountant, with local companies including Leica, formerly American Optical; Fisher-Price; Keystone Corp.; and Advanced Refractory Technologies.

While working as a loan officer for the Disaster Assistance Program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, he helped to arrange loans for victims of 9/11, the Florida hurricanes and Hurricane Katrina.

He enjoyed traveling to Germany, Sicily and Florida.

Mr. Fischer underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2009. The donor was 20-year-old Phillipp Zitzelsberger of Auschlach, Germany.

Survivors include his wife of more than 17 years, the former Shirley Cipolla.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville.