John "Jack" Earl Fritz EdD
August 1, 1947 – August 25, 2019
Jack Fritz died on Sunday August 25, at the Transitions LifeCare Hospice Home in Raleigh, his wife Carol by his side.
Jack was born in Schenectady, New York, to the late Earl and Elizabeth Fritz. He attended St. Bonaventure University and graduated from Union College in Schenectady. Jack met and married the love of his life, Carol while in school there. They would relocate to Raleigh in 1971, where Jack would continue his graduate studies, receiving his EdD from NCSU. He pursued his professional career in North Carolina and retired as the Director of Medical Education at Dorothea Dix Hospital.
Jack is survived by Carol, his devoted and loving wife of fifty years. He is also survived by brothers, Jim Fritz (Judy) of Delmar NY and Bill Fritz (Rose) of Apex NC and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jack was an amazing individual. He was able to overcome many obstacles during his life, including a severe spinal cord injury at the age of 20. He loved life, spending time with friends and family, adventure, travel, spectator sports, his canine companion Nikki and most of all his wife, Carol. He will be remembered especially for his many years of dedicated volunteer service with area non-profits. Jack was instrumental in the growth of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina during its early years, serving on the Board both as a member and Chair. He played a key role in the great success of the 1999 Special Olympics World Games North Carolina, serving as Commissioner of Volunteer Training for the thousands of volunteers involved. These Special Olympic World Games brought over 7,000 athletes from 150 countries to North Carolina. Jack (along with the late Barry Doyle) was a founder of the Feed the Firefighters Foundation. He also volunteered significant time in support of the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County organization. Jack was always willing to share his time and talents in the community where he lived.
A special thanks to caregivers, Michelle Masensa, Mary Wright and Natalie Soloman, for their loving support before and during Jack’s recent illness. Thanks also to the many, many friends of Jack and Carol who were by their side throughout the years.
At Jack’s request, there will be no funeral service. Instead, a celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a future date. Those wishing to honor Jack may do so by making a memorial contribution to the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy (PO Box 28575 Raleigh, NC 27611, dixpark.org) or the charity of their choice.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC.
- A service to celebrate Jack's life will be held at a later date
John "Jack" Earl Fritz EdD
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September 6, 2019
My dear friend Jack was one of the most gifted, generous and extraordinary individuals I have ever had the privilege of knowing, starting at NC State University nearly forty-five years ago. His marriage to Carol was a true "love story," the secret to which was their total, unconditional devotion to one another. My wife, Melody, and I had the privilege of attending their golden anniversary celebration on August 3, 2019, and we look forward to gathering again with Carol and Jack's many friends to remember and celebrate his amazing life with Carol and to express our gratitude to her for the many years of loving care she bestowed on her wonderful husband.