Charles F. Fitch

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SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. - Charles F. "Cris" Fitch passed away Monday (Dec. 3, 2018) at the Bradford Manor in Bradford after a short stay.

He was born June 20, 1926, in West Seneca, N.Y., to Charles and Thenia Fitch.

He was raised in Bolivar, N.Y., and his high school years were spent in Olean, N.Y., where he played varsity basketball.

Just before his 18th birthday in 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving in the Pacific theater. While aboard the USS Liddle, during the battle of the Philippine Sea, his ship was hit by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft. He spent several months of shore duty in the Philippines before being stationed aboard the USS Wildcat. He received an honorable discharge in May 1946.

On Feb. 18th, 1947, he married Ethel Mary MacDonald. Together they had eight children, and spent the last 57 years living in the Ceres area.

His working career involved being a department supervisor for Daystrom Furniture in Olean and later joining his father working for the Penn Central Railroad. He became a yardmaster who was responsible for putting the trains together that left the Olean yard. He retired from the Penn Central in 1970 to become a sales representative for Rochester Business Institute and later, Picker International, where he became a leading national sales engineer in medical devices. Cris retired in 1988 and spent the last 30 years enjoying sports, caring for his home and enjoying visits from his family.

Surviving are his children, Gary (Diane) Fitch of Freedom, N.Y., Rodney (Debra) Fitch of Buffalo, N.Y., Jill (Michael) Hillman of Palm Bay, Fla., Kim (Timothy) Hartigan of Apalachin, N.Y., and Cindy (Russell) Weidel of Sinking Spring; brothers, William Fitch of Corfu, N.Y., and Gerald (Mary Ann) Fitch of Newport Beach, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ethel Mary; infant daughter, Mary Fitch; and infant son, James Fitch; son, David (Jean Fitch Ayers) Fitch; parents; and sisters, Betty Fitch (Bruce) Bradley, Jeanne Fitch (Alvin) Dwaileebe and Gloria Fitch Button.

Family and friends will gather from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (Dec. 8, 2018) at Guenther Funeral Home, 1301 E. State St., Olean. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. at St. Johns Church in Olean. Interment will be in St. Bonaventure cemetery.

Flowers are graciously declined. Donations may be made to the Academy of Model Aeronautics in Muncie, Ind., or the .
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Dec. 6, 2018
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