“I think it’s very impressive,” he said. “But what I think is even more impressive is his determination — his determination to get out of bed and take on the day. A lot of people say they’re too old to do things, and they miss out on what they could have been. Jim doesn’t do that. He’s still out there working.”
Fischer said he could be working more, too, if he wanted. He still gets four or five calls a week from contractors wanting him to lay brick or stone on a project. Fischer said he tells them he doesn’t do it much anymore.
“I don’t have to do this, but I love to do it,” he said. “I don’t want to sit at home and do nothing, but I don’t want to go out and bust it either. If I can work two or three weeks and take a few weeks off, there’s nothing wrong with that.”
And as long as Fischer is physically able to do the work, he said, he will.
“I’ll keep working as long as I can,” he said. “I tell people that when they bury me, I want to be buried with a trowel in my hand. Masonry is my life. I love it.”
Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.