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Edward C. Fritsch, Jr., 87, of Williamsburg, passed away on March 18, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward C. Fritsch, Sr. and Elizabeth Fritsch; his brother, Thomas Joseph Fritsch; his sister, Janet Fryer; and his son-in-law, Andrew Noble.
Ed proudly served as a carrier aviator in the U.S. Navy for 27 years, retiring in 1969 as a Captain. Captain Fritsch commanded VAH-6 flying the A-3 Skywarrior, deploying aboard USS Ranger in the Pacific and aboard USS Forrestal in the Mediterranean. He also commanded VAH-123 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. His second career was as a certified financial planner, owning his own business in Annapolis, MD. In his second retirement, he enjoyed golfing, and volunteering at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. He was a member of St. Bede Roman Catholic Church in Williamsburg.
Ed is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ethel B. "Terry" Fritsch; three children, Carol Noble; Allen Fritsch (Beth); and James Fritsch (Eva Dillon); five grandchildren, Jessica Noble (Adam Faulkner), Jamie Noble, Steven Fritsch, Kenny Fritsch, and Taylor Fritsch; and a sister, Elaine Umani.
A memorial mass will be offered on Friday, March 22 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg. Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sentara Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 21, 2013
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