Jack Fiske (October 11, 1933 - May 26, 2023)

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Jack Fiske
  • October 11, 1933
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  • May 26, 2023

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Jack Rodger Fiske, born October 11, 1933, passed away on May 26, 2023, just months prior to his 90th birthday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Arthur Fiske. He is survived by his life partner, Della Merle Senchuk, his daughter Jill Luxford Fiske, who resides in Virginia, and many extended family members and friends.

Jack spent his life at sea as a merchant marine. He was a chief engineer on sea going tugs and loved traveling the world as part of his job and life. He called Anna Maria Island home since 1936. Jack loved his life on the island and worked over the years dredging the canals and helping to make Anna Maria Island what it is today.

In his later years, Jack and Della developed a passion for vacationing and cruising the world. Jack always felt at home on the water and enjoyed his time partaking in multiple around the world cruises, completing his final voyage around the world just prior to his passing on May 26, 2023.

Jack was beloved by many family members and friends. A private memorial service will be held in the future to celebrate his life.


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  1. Timothy Thompson says:
    01 Jun 2023
    Jack and Della were great traveling companions as they sailed the world over. My wife Kit and I shared a dinner table with Jack and Della along with Ken and Noreen Stine on the last 3 around the world cruises. Jack was soft spoken, but completely aware of the ship’s captain’s moves in port. Jack was a wealth of knowledge as he shared what was happening around the ship. Sail on Jack, May peace be with you.

  2. Dr. Ken & Noreen Stein says:
    01 Jun 2023
    Jack was a great guy and a wonderful traveling companion. We spent many months at sea with Jack on world cruises. He was our go to guy for all our nautical questions and reassurances. I can remember one time at dinner when the ship began to list and we all looked at Jack. As long as he was calm, so were we. His stories of adventures on ocean going tugs were always fascinating. He was also a great shoreside buddy. We’d try for a maritime attraction whenever we could in port. Once we visited a maritime museum and climbed around below decks on an old sailing ship. There, in the crew area, was a bunk and chest set-up. “This is exactly the setup I slept in when I first went to sea,” Jack exclaimed. I had to take a picture and send him a copy. What a great memory. We’re going to miss you, Jack. Smooth seas and following wind on your next journey.

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