A WELL-KNOWN figure in South Elmsall’s working men’s clubs, who worked tirelessly to help his daughter to sporting success, has died.
Don Fisher, of Cambridge Street, was the steward of the Empire Working Men’s Club in Moorthorpe for many years.
He then took over the former Highfields Working Men’s Club, also in South Elmsall and renamed it ‘Stella’s’ after his wife.
Mr Fisher had been suffering from prostate cancer.
He died on January 6, aged 71.
He dedicated most of his life to helping daughter Kelly Fisher achieve her dream of becoming a world snooker champion.
She said: “My dad was a great inspiration. He supported me in everything I did.
“He really encouraged me to go after my dream and used to spend so much of his time taking me to competitions.
“He also made sure I had a coach and did everything he possibly could to get me where I wanted to be.
“My dad always said he was proud of me which meant so much.
“He was such a kind man. He would have given you the jacket from his back. I couldn’t have asked for a better dad.
“He was one in million.”
Her mum Stella died five years ago and said it was a comfort her parents were back together again.
His life-long friend, Brian Owen, also 71, also paid tribute.
He said: “You couldn’t ever meet a nicer person than Don. He was so popular and well known in South Elmsall and a lot of people will miss him greatly.”
Mr Fisher was an amateur boxing champion in his teens.
He also has a son, Steve. Both his children live in America.
The funeral takes place on January 24, 11am at St Joseph’s Church, Barnsley Road, South Elmsall.
There is a gathering afterwards at the Empire Working Men’s club.