Cyrus Falconer Fitton
October 28, 1921 – October 24, 2017
Captain Cyrus Falconer Fitton (USN RET) passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at home in Carmel, California. Cy was born in Hamilton, Ohio on October 28, 1921, and was the son of Don and Nannie (Vaden) Fitton. He graduated from Fairfield Township High School and attended Oberlin College. His studies were interrupted by WW II, but he went on to receive his BA & MS degrees from George Washington University and the National War College in 1967-68.
Cy had an illustrious naval career, spanning 30 years. After graduating from flight training school as a torpedo pilot in 1942, Cy began serving in the Pacific Fleet flying the Avenger torpedo bomber. Participating in combat operations over Saipan, Tinian, Guam and the Philippines, and surviving two typhoons, Cy then returned to the states to go on leave and marry his college sweetheart, Jean Pells, on March 19, 1945. His naval career continued as he flew the heavy attack North American Savage and Douglas Skywarrior in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. Later, he was commanding officer of two heavy attack squadrons, was air officer and then executive officer (1963) of the carrier USS Forrestal. Following a two-year stint in the Pentagon and the National War College, he was assigned command of the deep draft stores ship USS Sylvania, home ported in Naples, Italy (1968). The culmination of Cy’s naval career was becoming commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in 1969. In his final tour of duty, he served as Chief of Staff to Commander Carrier Division Seven in the South China Sea during the Viet Nam War. Cy and his family settled in Carmel in 1972 upon his retirement from the Navy. He was the longest-serving volunteer at Meals on Wheels, serving as a driver for 42 years and several years as a board member. He also served on the executive board of the Boy Scout Council. His other activities included membership in the Navy Flying Club. He and Jean flew their Cessna aircraft around the country for 16 years, visiting friends and relatives while dodging thunderstorms. He greatly enjoyed singing four-part harmony with the Cypressaires, the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA). Another of his most enjoyable activities was playing golf with Navy pals and members of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, where he and Jean had been members since 1973.
Cy and Jean have four children, Lawrence (Nancy) Fitton of Baltimore, Marcia Fitton of Santa Fe, Sarah (John) Feuerstein of Boulder and Cyrus Andrew (Ronda) Fitton of Bend. They were blessed with eight grandchildren, Lauren (Jason) Blair, Alejandra (Conor) Shinnick, Gabriel (Michelle) Fitton, Heather (Max) Schelble, Jamie Feuerstein, Jack Feuerstein, Keaton Fitton and Kirah Fitton. They also have five great grandchildren with one on the way. Cy was pre-deceased by his parents, by his wife, Jean, on March 21, 2017, and by his three younger siblings, Kate Irvine of England, Don Fitton and Vaden Fitton, both of Hamilton, Ohio. Cy and Jean celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary this year.
Cy and Jean were grateful to have their granddaughter, Jamie Feuerstein of Pacific Grove, devoted to their care and well-being for the last 3 ½ years. The family would like to thank caretakers Mary Molinari and Mary Lou Evans for their excellent service. The family also appreciates the care and comfort provided by the Hospice of the Central Coast. Cy was beloved by his family and friends for his wit, integrity, generosity, intelligence, and charm.
Services for Cy will be Sunday, November 12, 1:00 pm at Church in the Forest, Erdman Chapel at Stevenson School, 3152 Forest Lake Rd, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. Memorial donations may be sent to Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula, 700 Jewell Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Cyrus Falconer Fitton
January 5, 2018
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends, for the lost of their beloved Roger. I hope the promise at John 6:40 can bring real comfort. Knowing that there is hope for our love ones.
December 29, 2017
Had the pleasure of serving under Captain Fitton aboard USS Sylvania AFS2, without a doubt he was truly a sailors Captain
November 11, 2017
I had the pleasure of knowing the Fittons as a young teenager in Oak Harbor,WA, when Larry and I were friends in junior high school. Cy was somebody I admired very much and even though he may not have realized it, influenced my decision to pursue a career in aviation. Just to make his aquaintance back then, with his wife Jean and their wonderful family, it was obvious to me that "I want to be like that guy some day".
As if I didn't need further inspiration, I'm proud to say that our careers did intersect at one point, while I was in Naval Aviation training at Pensacola, and Cy was the CO of the Lexington, the training carrier that we did our landing qualifications on. I didn't meet up with Cy personally, but after my sixth trap onboard, I heard him announce through my headset "Nice job, Gardner!"
I know his family will miss him, and for myself, thank you Cy.
November 9, 2017
We have lost a truly wonderful man inside and out. We have so enjoyed being part of the Cypressaire family for the 9 years we lived in Monterey and Cy and Jean were a big part of that family. They both were such gracious hosts for our barbershop brunches at their beautiful home on many occasions, too. We will miss them both very much.
November 9, 2017
We have lost a truly wonderful person inside and out! His and Jean's friendship was very special while we were part of the Cypessaires family for 9 years. They were both such terrific hosts at their lovely home for many of the barbershop brunches, too. We will miss you Cy and Jean.
November 7, 2017
From the moment he signed on to the Monterey Peninsula Cypressaires Barbershop Chorus, Cy had a profound effect. With his fine bass voice, he was a contributing member to his section. As chapter president, Cy was an extraordinary leader; he recruited Navy and other service colleagues to join the chorus. They all had great singing voices, administrative expertise and the desire to effect close harmony together with lasting friendships that enhanced the chapter's magnetism for singers to join from around the Monterey Peninsula and fellow barbershoppers from everywhere to visit. Cy and his wonderful wife, Jean, hosted numerous gatherings at their Carmel home. There were none so happy as those attending an afterglow at Fittons'. His was a dashing, warm-hearted, good-spirited and a one-of-a-kind presence. He made all glad to be around him. Rest in peace, my friend.
November 7, 2017
Cy was a true gentleman in every way. I cherish the time that I shared with him.
November 6, 2017
It was pleasure having that chance to spend time with Cyrus! I'll remember his warm and friendly way he treated everyone! He had a wonderful life, beautiful wife and family and many friends!
He will be missed!
November 5, 2017
I will Miss you. It was a great pleasure working for a person like you with such great integrity. I will miss all your stories and your wisdom.
November 2, 2017
Handsome and daring, Married just once for so many years to beautiful Jeanne..... Cyrus will live on his children and grandchildren. I will never forget the joy of hearing him and his brothers sing barbershop harmony in Hamilton when son Larry Fitton married Nancy Keller Fitton. Cyrus what a life!
November 2, 2017
The man had the "it" factor: charisma, integrity, charm, masculinity, toughness, heart. The epitome of what a man should strive to be. Godspeed Captain!
Woody Fitton (nephew)
October 31, 2017
The most wonderful uncle in the world...really! How could you top an ace pilot, Navy Captain, barbershop quartet singer (bass, right?), wonderful personality, peacemaker, provider extraordinaire (the list could go on and on), and movie-star looks. There was only one. There COULD be only one. He's irreplaceable.