Julian D. Fischer

Apr 12, 2018
Julian Fischer

Port Clyde — Julian Downes “Judd” Fischer left this physical world April 2, 2018. Judd was born in 1940 in Massachusetts to Madeline (Robertson) Fischer and Fredric Fischer. His father died early and Judd was raised by his single mother. When he was just 21 years old, Judd married Tatiana Pertzoff, in Boston. They raised three girls together and celebrated 55 years of marriage this past summer. Judd attended Middlebury College in Vermont and graduated from the Boston University School of Fine Arts. He did his graduate studies in U.S. maritime history at University of New Hampshire.

Early in their married life, Judd and Tanya lived in Rome, Italy, where Judd worked as a sculptor. In 1970 they returned to the U.S., settling in Vermont, where they farmed and lived off the grid for many years. Judd and his family were very active in the skiing community at Suicide Six, and he was a Planning Board member and a volunteer firefighter in Pomfret, Vt. In 1987, they moved to Port Clyde, where Judd fished lobster for nearly 30 years before semi-retiring.

Judd loved the feeling of freedom the ocean elicited, and the rocky challenge of the Maine coast. He was a lifelong sailor, and while he designed and built boats himself, he was passionate about supporting those committed to sustaining traditional boatbuilding in New England. Judd had a keen intellect and was an omnivorous reader, with a deep and abiding commitment to ethics, equality and fairness. His work as a fine artist, sustained over the course of his life, moved fluidly from one medium to the next; from clay to bronze to wood, and in the past years, to paper and pen.

Judd was a very dedicated husband, sharing a deep bond with his wife. He was also a good friend to many, a role model to others, and was beloved and respected in the communities in which he lived and worked. He is survived by his wife, Tanya; his three daughters, Anastasia Fischer, Alexandra Angle and Ariana Fischer; his five grandchildren, Lucas Fischer, Hunter Gregg, Olga Gregg, Tatiana (Cosima) Gregg, and Elefe Angle; his brother, Frederic L. Fischer, and his sister-in-law, Eleanor Fischer; his nephews, Dino Pertzoff and Julian Fischer; and his nieces, Tanya Wells, Elise Abegg, and Anna Pertzoff.

A celebration of Judd’s life will be held at the Apprenticeshop, 655 Main St., Rockland, Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Parking is on the lower level, in back of the Apprenticeshop. In lieu of flowers,donations may be made to the Julian Fischer Memorial Educational Fund at the Apprenticeshop.

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