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Fritz Richard Griesinger

1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Fritz Richard Griesinger Obituary
Fritz Richard Griesinger

AGE: 82 • Hockessin, DE

Fritz Richard Griesinger, 82, of Cokesbury Village, Hockessin DE, passed away suddenly on April 21, 2016. He was born on October 25, 1933 in Red Bank, NJ to Richard and Marie Griesinger. He graduated from Drexel University, where he studied chemical engineering, was a member of Alpha Pi Lambda, and met his wife, Shirley Lippincott Griesinger.

During his professional career, Fritz worked for Worthington Corp., A. R. Dervaes, and A. C. Supply Company in the sales and service of industrial pumps and compressors. In the early 1980s he founded Pumping Specialists, Inc., from which he retired in the mid-2000s.

Fritz was very active in local community activities, including land use issues and considered himself a community activist. One of his major accomplishments was serving as a key member and treasurer of the Suburban County Hospital Task Force. This all-volunteer group was responsible for determining the location of what would become the Christiana Care Hospital. Fritz was also instrumental in locating the Kirkwood Branch of the New Castle County Library and the Pike Creek Substation of the Millcreek Fire Department.

He was an active member of the Pike Creek Valley Lions, the New Castle County Planning Board, Civic League for New Castle County, Pike Creek Valley Civic League, and WILMAPCO. He was involved with Junior Achievement at Skyline Middle School.

Fritz advised many neighborhoods in New Castle County on forming or strengthening their civic associations. He received numerous awards, citations, and proclamations in recognition of his commitment to serving his community as a volunteer. He enjoyed sailing, driving his Corvette, and talking about sports with his grandsons.

Fritz was predeceased by his parents; sister, Mary Lou G. Duff; and daughter in law, Deborah F. Griesinger. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Griesinger; his son, Eric F. Griesinger of Bel Air, MD; his daughter, Ann G. Holland and her husband, Tim of Randleman, NC and grandsons, Andrew E. Griesinger and Mark R. Griesinger.

A memorial service will be held at Cokesbury Village on May 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm, with a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the .

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Published in The News Journal from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2016
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