Robert Fritz

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Robert 'Bob' Fritz

Cocoa Beach, FL

Robert 'Bob' Jay Fritz, 86, and long time resident of Cocoa Beach, passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at his home in Cocoa Beach, FL. Bob was born in Mascoutah, IL on November 22, 1927 to John and Edith Fritz. Upon graduation from Bradley University, Bob served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Benning, GA, where he met and married wife Nina Belle. After earning his Master's Degree from Auburn University, Bob came to Florida and held several teaching jobs before coming to Cocoa Beach as the principal of then Cocoa Beach Elementary in 1960. He was there from 1960, through it's transition to Freedom 7. He also was the principal at Roosevelt Middle School and it's transition from a middle school to a K-8 school. Bob was active citizen of Cocoa Beach and Brevard County. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Cocoa Beach Citizens League, Freedom 7 Senior Center and the Brevard County Commission on Aging. He also served as a city commissioner of Cocoa Beach from August 1975- March of 1977. A life long learner and sports enthusiast, Bob always had a tidbit of knowledge that he found fascinating to share.

He was predeceased by his wife, Nina Belle Fritz. He is survived by his children, Jeri Laufenberg and Jena Tuntas (Tom), brother, Paul Fritz (Lydia), sister, Sally Pope (Mick), three granddaughters, four great grandchildren, and extensive extended family, as well as countless numbers of schoolchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Riverside Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Brevard Schools Foundation for a memorial scholarship. you may sign Bob's guestbook at

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Beckman Williamson Funeral Home
101 North Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
(321) 784-0116
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on July 15, 2014
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