Edward Gerard Fritz
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On September 30, 2012 Edward Gerard Fritz died at home in South Carolina with his family by his side. He faced his long term illness with grace and dignity.
He fought bravely to the end and is now at peace.
Ed was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 10, 1926, the son of the late Edward M. and Cecilia Feuerstein Fritz. As a young man, he served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. When he returned home, he continued his studies at the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a Mechanical (Industrial) Engineering degree as the gold medalist.
Ed is survived by his wife and best friend of over sixty years, Orell Winchester. He was a loving father to Cindy, Kathie (Charlie), Ed (Debbie), Annette, Lori and Steve. He was a proud and caring grandfather to Cala, BJ (Kiana), Jamie, Geoff (Angela), Krista, Carolyn, Eddie, Kaitlyn, Emma, Sarah, Rebecca, Sam, Isaac, Hayley, Leah and Ayden and great-grandfather to Tatiana and Madison. He was the brother of Mary Ellen (Joe) both deceased, Phil (Betty) both deceased, JeanAnn deceased, Barb (Tom) both deceased, John (Fran) and Don (Karen). The greater Fritz family is large in number and boisterous in spirit and Ed will be long remembered by his many nieces and nephews.
He and Orell were married on July 9, 1949. He started his career working in the family business at Grand Rapids Cabinet Company. He then joined Steelcase and was greatly respected in the office furniture industry throughout United States and Canada. In 1963 he moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was the President of Steelcase Canada until his retirement in 1983.
Between the traveling and golfing in his retirement years, Ed's time was spent building the "Shack" and its gardens which became the focal point for many family gatherings. His talents extended into fashion where his sense was unparalleled. There was no occasion where suspenders (the brighter the better) were not acceptable. In his spiritual life, Ed was a devout Catholic, an active member of his parish and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, with the body lying in state for one hour before the service.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Catholic Church School, 309 Gower Street, Greenville, SC 29611 or the
Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.
Published in The Greenville News on Oct. 2, 2012