WORTHINGTON: Bradford Porter Fisk was born on July 13, 1929 in Huntington, MA to Raymond and Lillian Fisk, and died surrounded by his loving family on July 30, 2021 in the home he built and resided in for 69 years. Brad was a beloved member of his community, Worthington, MA, where he and his wife Judy served the town as proprietors of The Corners Grocery for 25 years. “You (Brad) and Judy were Worthington” is still a sentiment heard today, nearly 30 years after their retirement. Prior to owning the store, he and his longtime friend and neighbor, Leland “Babe” Smith, operated Smith & Fisk Construction for 25 years.
In his lifetime, Brad served as President of the Worthington Elementary School PTO, President of the Gateway Regional Athletic Booster Club and President of the Worthington Golf Club. He also served on the Board of Trustees, Music Nominating Committee and was a Deacon at the First Congregational Church of Worthington. His tenor singing voice was arguably his most well-known trait. He sang with the Springfield Symphony Chorus and was asked to perform in countless weddings. He was a soloist and choir member at a number of churches, including The First Congregational Church of Westfield and The First Church of Christ in Pittsfield, as well as his home church The First Congregational Church of Worthington. His rendition of “O Holy Night” would draw a crowd every Christmas Eve for over 45 years, last performing it at the age of 90.
He was also known for his strong family values, generosity, kindness, and wonderful sense of humor. He is predeceased by his beloved daughter Diane (Fisk) Henry, and his siblings Robert, Edna, Elaine, Stuart, Raymond, Gordon, and Linwood. Brad is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judith (Cizek) Fisk, his brother Wayne (and Vickie) Fisk, his children Donna (and Bill) Tucker, Doug (and Brenda) Fisk, Dena (and Gary) Cameron, Brad Fisk II, Shari Fisk, Kelly (and Bart) Potter, his son-in-law Tim Henry, his brother-in-law Thomas Cizek (and Deb Kirk), 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Brad has graciously donated his body to Tufts University Medical School to help educate medical students so that they can provide care for others. The family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses who cared for Brad throughout his life.
A memorial/celebration of life will be planned for the fall of 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First Congregational Church of Worthington, P.O. Box 536, Worthington, MA 01098 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“He left us with a song in his heart.”