KENWOOD >> Frederick Kinsley "Fritz" Austin, born in Kenwood March 24, 1920 to Carroll and Alice Kinsley Austin died early Monday morning May 12, 2014 in Clearwater, Fla. at the age of 94.
He attended and graduated from Sherrill High School, Romford Prep School and Utica College.
He was a WW II Army veteran serving for three years with the chemical warfare unit in Australia.
Fritz worked for Oneida Limited as the company cashier for 30 years, retiring in 1985.
He was married to Jean Schwender on Nov. 20, 1948 in Waterville, N.Y. Jean and Fritz were married for 63 years before Jean passed away Dec. 1, 2011. They spent their winters in Dunedin, Fla., and eventually made it their full time home. Fritz was an active member in the Westwind community where they lived. He ran the Friday morning golf league there for many years and was also involved with many of their social events, most especially card nights. He was a member of Christ Church Methodist in Sherrill, the CAC, Oneida Community Golf Club, the Morrisville Men's Garden Club and the Ava Dorfman Center in Rome.
Fritz was an avid golfer and played until he was almost 90. He was famous for his vintage wooden shafted putter with which he rarely missed. Many times sending his opponents home 10 or 15 cents poorer.
Fritz spent the last three plus years at Westchester Gardens in Clearwater, Fla. where he could be seen every day with his white brush cut and a bright colorful sweater. As he had done throughout his entire life right up until his last days he would greet everyone who passed by with a friendly Hello and a smile.
He leaves two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Linda Austin of Vernon and Scott and Karen Austin of Largo, Fla.; four grandchildren, Denis, Daniel, Lisa and Samantha, and two great-grandchildren, Carson and Mallory. He was predeceased by a sister, Betty Wayland-Smith and a brother, Joe Austin.
The family would like to thank the outstanding staff at the Westchester Gardens for their caring and compassion.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held later in the summer at the convenience of the family.
Malecki Funeral Home
464 Sherrill Rd Sherrill, NY 13461
Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on May 15, 2014