Family, friends mourn loss of former Daily News publisher John Fish

It’s hard to describe John Jeffrey Fish in a word.

Fighter is definitely one of them.

After a hard-fought battle with a brain tumor and Parkinson’s disease, Fish, a former Naples Daily News publisher, died Sunday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was 63.Despite his health challenges and setbacks over the years, Fish strived to stay positive and optimistic every day of his life, inspiring his friends and family.

After fighting and surviving brain cancer the first time, he penned a memoir, “All My Might,” to share his story, in hopes of helping others to understand and deal with the disease.

The brain tumor upended Fish’s life, personally and professionally, when it hit suddenly in 2008.

In an interview in 2016 with the Mountain Times in North Carolina, Fish said he had no regrets, based on his diagnosis.

“The final thing I ever wanted to do in my career, and this is the truth, was to teach at Appalachian State and I got a chance to do that. I thought that was a miracle. I taught (journalism) for three semesters and I got a lot out of it,” he told the reporter.

Before the initial diagnosis of cancer, Fish deftly served as publisher of the Daily News from 2004 to 2007. During that time, the newspaper experienced some of the most profitable years in its history, reaching revenue of $100 million in both 2005 and 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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