Obituary of Bret Alan Fishman
Bret Alan Fishman passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Thursday morning, November 16th, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. He was 64.
Born in Denver in 1959, Bret was an avid athlete, competing in gymnastics and skiing. He graduated from George Washington High School in 1977 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 1983.
Bret lived in Vail, Colorado for a number of years, while pursuing his passions of cycling, skiing, and rock climbing. A graceful telemark skier and experienced climber, he was well-known for teaching his friends these sports. He later moved to Boulder, Colorado, and started an outdoor gear sales company.
In 1994, Bret met his future wife, Kathleen. After a whirlwind romance of eleven months, he proposed in a hot air balloon, and the two experienced a happy marriage and business partnership of 28 years. Bret’s proudest accomplishments were his two children, Amy and Zoe. He was an outstanding, attentive father who dedicated himself to the well-being of his daughters. After his diagnosis, he lived to see both girls graduate from college and high school respectively.
Bret was known for his sense of humor, his athleticism, and his empathy. While waiting for surgery, he joked about riding his bike in Italy, and kept smiling through months of radiation and chemotherapy. Even until shortly before his death, Bret remained active, riding his bike with friends, and walking with his beloved dog Maisy.
Bret is survived by his wife Kathleen, his daughters Amy and Zoe, his father Alvin, his brother Howard, his sisters-in-law Lorraine and Bridget, his brothers-in-law Thomas and Michael, his nephew Chandler, and his nieces Brooke, Blythe, MacKenzie, and Victoria.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, November 19th, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 1pm. A livestream of the service will be on the Feldman Mortuary YouTube channel. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Glioblastoma Foundation, or your charity of choice.