Jack Metcalf Fitz, 81, of Hazard, died on Wednesday, Nov. 27. He suffered a stroke this past February while on vacation in California and passed away at the VA of Greater Los Angeles' Hospice unit in North Hills, California.
He was a vetern of the United States Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne division. Jack was life-long coal miner, operator and owner of Ajax Coal Company in Bulan.
He is preceded in death by his father, George Peyton Fitz, mother Charlotte Metcalf Fitz, and brother Charles Peyton Fitz.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Cox Fitz; son John and wife Laura of Pawleys Island, SC; son George and wife Christina of Santa Monica, California; granddaughters Madeline and Beatrice; daughter Charlotte Fitz Daniels and husband Chris of Winterville, NC; step-grandchildren Lydia Grey and Lawrence; niece Paula Turner of Albany, NY; and his dog, Angel.
Jack attended the University of Virginia from1955 until 1957 and was an Elder in the Hazard Christian Church. He was a member of the National Independent Coal Operator's Association and the Kentucky Independent Coal Operator's Association. He served as president of the Knott Letcher Perry Independent Coal Operator's Association. In addition, he served on the Kentucky Abandon Mine Lands Committee from the late 1970's to early 1980's.
Jack was a kind, wonderful, loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend to many. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Veteran's Administration Hospice Unit, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills, CA 91343 and the Kentucky River Animal Shelter, 194 Animal Shelter Lane, Hazard, KY 41701.