Alfred Joseph Fisher Jr., age 91, died June 19, 2012.
A.J. Fisher Jr. was born and raised in Detroit. He was the oldest son of Alfred J. Fisher, one of the original Fisher Body Company founders. He attended the University of Detroit and the Cornell School of Engineering.
He served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1945.
Returning to Detroit, he formed Fisher Corporation with his two brothers, Robert and Walter, in 1947. In 1964, he began General Safety Corporation with his brother, Walter, as a manufacturer of automotive safety belt systems. Today, successor companies, Fisher Dynamics Corporation and Fisher and Company, continue to supply the global automotive industry with seat mechanisms and structures.
Mr. Fisher is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Betty Jane; and his four children, Judith (Peter Knudsen), Alfred III (Barbara), Christine (Richard Grow), and Michael (Beth). Mr. Fisher is survived by his 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Walter; and his sister, Trude Costello.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, with a rosary at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, June 23, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to University of Detroit Jesuit High School Scholarship Fund, 8400 Cambridge, Detroit, Mich. 48221.
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