CONTOOCOOK - Philip George Fitts, 73, of 302 River Grant Drive, formerly of 213 Liberty Hill Road, Gilford, died at his home on Friday, May 13, 2011.
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Philip was born June 6, 1937, in Laconia the son of the late Samuel Sr. and Emelia (Begin) Fitts.
Living most of his life in Laconia and Gilford, Philip retired from the New Hampshire State Prison as a corrections officer. He had also worked at the former J.J. Morin Company in Laconia.
Among his many interests, Philip enjoyed vacationing, playing softball and golfing. He was very active in Gilford Little League Baseball where he often umpired behind home plate. He also dedicated 13 years with the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Webster Council.
Besides his parents Philip is predeceased by his wife Jeanne L. (Blais) Fitts who died in 2000; four brothers, Ernest, Robert, Merrill, and Verner Fitts; two sisters, Etta Fitts and Alice Kelly.
Philip is survived by his son, Timothy J. Fitts and his wife Melodie of Laconia; his daughter, Kimberley Ann Bean and her husband James of New Port Richey, FLA.; three brothers, Warren Fitts of Babylon, N.Y., Armand Fitts of Gilford, and Donald Fitts of Sanbornton; two grandchildren, Army Spc. Kyle Fitts of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Adrian Fitts of Laconia; two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Acadia Fitts both of Fort Bragg, N.C.; his companion of 10 years, Alita Paine of Contoocook; several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive him.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. Services and burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia will be private for the family.
For those who wish, the family suggests memorial donations may be made in Philip's name to the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Webster Council, McInich Service Center, 571 Holt Ave., Manchester NH 03109.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Published in Citizen on May 16, 2011