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Felix P., 92, of Fleming Island, FL, formerly of Lyndhurst, died peacefully on April 10, after a long illness at the Lassen Veterans Home in St. Augustine, FL with his wife, Grace, at his side.
Felix was born in New York City and grew up in Lyndhurst, relocating to Florida after marrying in 1988.
During WWII, he served in the US Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga. He was severely wounded when the ship was attacked by suicide planes. He was awarded the Purple Heart while in the hospital on Guadalcanal.
While still recovering from his injuries, Felix attended Bulova Watchmaking School and became a master watchmaker. He played wheelchair basketball for the Bulova Watchmakers and Jersey Wheelers and became president of National Wheelchair Basketball.
During his life, he was in and out of the hospital with more than 100 war-related operations. He worked at Leslie Co. in Lyndhurst, then in Parsippany, retiring as personnel manager in 1973.
Felix was a Member of the Elks, Amvets, Masons, VFW, and Shriners and was a past president of Lyndhurst Kiwanis and the Ticonderoga Assoc.
He is survived by his beloved wife Grace, devoted children Eileen Radleigh, her companion Donald MacMillan, Patricia Lee, her husband Bob, Raymond, his wife Susan, stepdaughters Marie Bates, her companion Barrie Daniels, Gail McGrath, her husband William, dear sister Linda Kearns, stepsisters Grace Ryan and Vita Del Russo, loving grandchildren, John Rhoads, April Reilly, Daniel Grayshock, Dawn Liberty, David Grayshock, Darren Grayshock, Shannon Miller, Alexandra Lee, Gina Radleigh Black, Lily Radleigh, Jillian Radleigh, thirteen great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral and interment will be scheduled by Arlington National Cemetery.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Apr. 21, 2013