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Jerry Fields, 76, Titusville, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 from liver cancer. Jerry was born in New York City on December 1, 1937 to Bill and Sally Fields, deceased. The family moved to Miami Beach, Florida in 1952. Jerry started his career in the hospitality/restaurant business at an early age (15) when he worked in the kitchen of the then very famous Saxony Hotel on Miami Beach. It was from that experience that he told his family to never send anything back to the kitchen!! From there he joined the Army and then the Navy, traveling to many countries including Germany and Turkey. He was honorably discharged and in the early 1960's he moved to Titusville, where he resided for over fifty years. He started his first job there at the Colonial Lounge and Restaurant. He owned Jerry Fields Lounge and was also for many years the owner/operator of Royal Oak Country Club Restaurant/Lounge. He always made people feel special. He was a great host and made many, many friends over time. He was a great dancer, spoke four languages and loved to play cards! He was a member of the local Eagles Club. He also shot pool (he was a Shark!) and played a great game of golf (thank goodness for handicaps!) He loved football, and on occasion was known to place a friendly wager on the game! He had impeccable manners and excellent taste in clothes. Jerry will be greatly missed. He is survived by his son Tim Fields (Anita), daughter Casi Crawford (Rick), their mother Irmi, sisters Ginger Newmeyer Cronin and Patty Greer (George Richardson). In addition he leaves behind grandsons Zane, Perry, and Jake Fields and granddaughter Riley Reece Crawford. His Canadian cousins and many friends from Canada and his New York cousins are all saddened by is passing, as well as his many lifelong friends in Titusville and throughout the country. The family would like to thank all the staff and nurses at Royal Oak Rehab/Nursing and the Hospice of St. Francis for their wonderful care. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 6PM to 8PM at North Brevard Funeral Home and a mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10AM at St. Teresa Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Jerry's name to Royal Oak Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, Hospice of St. Francis, or St. Teresa's Catholic Church. Reception to follow at Lacita Country Club. Please sign Jerry's guestbook at www.northbrevardfuneralhome.com.
North Brevard Funeral Home
1450 Norwood Avenue
Titusville, FL 32796
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2013