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John Edward Fritz

June 12, 1942 ~ August 31, 2021 (age 79)

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SALEM – Mr. John Edward Fritz 79, of Salem, beloved wife of Rosemary (Kosek) Fritz, died Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 at Salem Hospital with his loving family by his side.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Aubrey and Marion (O’Brien) Fritz. He was raised and educated in Billerica and was a graduate of Billerica Veteran Memorial High School. An outstanding athlete, John excelled as a member of the Varsity Track team at Billerica High School, having broken school running records. He continued his education earning his Associates Degree from Wentworth Institute.

Mr. Fritz began his professional career as an apprentice with R.C.A. Company and was part of the team that put the first camera on the moon for N.A.S.A. He matriculated to work for BASF as a machinist and for many years worked with I.B.M at their division in Catskill, New York. More recently he was the proprietor and founder of J & R Machine of Salem.

A loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, John was devoted to his family. He was an avid outdoorsman. A skilled and accomplished angler, he was happiest spending time on the water fishing or in the woods hunting. He travelled frequently camping and especially enjoyed his trips to Lake Ontario and Alaska. He shared his passions with his family and many friends. Above all else he was devoted to his loving family.

John is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, his children, John R. Fritz and his wife Joanne of Francistown, NH, Jacklyn Fritz of NH and Adam A. Fritz and his wife Sabrina of Salem, his 5 grandchildren, his 3 great grandchildren, his sister Audrey Irving of Stratham, N.H. and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Michael Fritz.

ARRANGEMENTS: A celebrations of John’s life will be held in the future. Assisting the family with the arrangements is O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the John Fritz Memorial Fund, 16 Dearborn St., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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