Fister, Richard ‘Dick’ Edward, Sr.
age 90, of Richmond Heights, MO, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Sunday, Sept. 11, in St. Louis.
He married the love of his life, Virginia Mae Pecher on August 21, 1954, in Jefferson City, MO and they shared 68 wonderful years together. He was born on Oct. 1, 1931, in New York City, NY.
In addition to his wife, Virginia, Richard is survived by his children Richard, Jr. (Mimi), Jeffrey (Laura), Julia and Amalia (Paul); his sister Agnes Cecelia Hughes and his daughter-in-law Laurie Clithero (Michael). He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bertram and Agnes; his son Patrick; and his brother Bertram.
He graduated from St. Louis University with a Law degree (1955) and started a career in banking, eventually becoming president of Continental Bank and Trust and later Tower Grove Bank (now Commerce). In 1977, he left banking to become Assistant to the President at St. Louis University and to teach finance in the business school.
In 1981, he founded Fister & Associates, an investment bank and consulting firm that he owned and managed until his death. He founded Virginia Broadcasting Corp. in 1974, which included six small-market radio stations and eventually the West End Word newspaper.
He was active in the community, serving as the President of the Board of Governors at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and President of the Board of Logos School.
He was a longtime parishioner of Immacolata Catholic Parish and member of the Carmel of St. Joseph (Carmelite Monastery.)
Throughout his life he mentored countless people in business. He had a great fondness for beaches, jazz, dancing, Thomas Jefferson, and all things Irish. He was an optimist and had great belief in human potential; he liked to say a tough experience ‘builds character.’ He also had a deep faith and he wished everyone ‘peace and love.’
Services: Visitation Friday, Sept. 23, 3 to 6 p.m., Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, 63122. Memorial mass Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m., Immacolata Catholic Church, 8900 Clayton Rd., 63117.
The family of Richard E. Fister, Sr., suggest that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to the Carmel of St. Joseph, 9150 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124.
For more information, visit the Bopp Chapel website, www.boppchapel.com
Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sep. 18, 2022.
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