Felix P. Radleigh
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FLEMING ISLAND, FL-- Felix P. Radleigh, 92, of Fleming Island, FL, formerly of Lyndhurst, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, after a long illness at the Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home in St. Augustine, FL. He was born in New York City and grew up in Lyndhurst. He relocated 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. During his lifetime, he was in and out of hospitals with more than 100 war-related operations.
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 the Jersey Wheelers and became president of National Wheelchair Basketball. He retired from Leslie Company as personnel manager in 1971.
He was an active participant in many military and community organizations, taking leadership roles.
Felix is survived by his beloved wife Grace; devoted children, Eileen Radleigh and her companion Donald MacMillan, Patricia Lee (Bob) Raymond (Susan); step-daughters, Marie Bates and Gail McGrath; dear sister, Linda Kearns; loving grandchildren, John Rhoads, April Reilly, Daniel Grayshock, Dawn Liberty, David Grayshock, Darren Grayshock, Shannon Miller, Alexandra Lee, Gina Black, Lily Radleigh, and Jillian Radleigh; great-grandchildren, Angela Rhoads and Stephen Radeglia and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral and interment will be scheduled at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL, 904-249-2374.
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2013