OXFORD — Robert L. "Bobby" Fritz, Sr., died peacefully at home on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the of age 86. He was the husband of Mary Mastrobattisto Fritz.
Bobby was born November 29, 1931 in Waterbury Hospital, the son of the late John and Minnie Natusch Fritz. A graduate of Seymour High School, he was the class president, Class of 1949, and was a member of the first Seymour High School Football Team.
He served his country with pride and honor in the U.S. Navy and was a chef on the USS Becuna during the Korean War. In 1954 he opened Fritz's Snack Bar in Oxford that his sons still run today.
Some of Bobby's favorite activities were fishing, hunting and clamming in Rhode Island. He was an avid Red Sox fan. He always played an active role in his children's lives, including attending activities and coaching Little League and Pop Warner Football.
He was a member and past commander of the David S. Miles Post, American Legion of Oxford, as well as a member of Port 5 of Bridgeport and was honored by them for his U.S. Navy service to our nation.
Bobby will be sadly missed by all.
Besides his wife, he leaves his daughters, Mandy Hicks (Victor) of Seymour and Lorie Robinson of Southbury; his sons, Bobby Fritz of Naugatuck and Glenn Fritz (Emily) of Southbury; his sister, Marian Kalpin of Watertown; his grandchildren, Jessica and Carissa Geloso, Tyler, Brittany and Kayce Hicks, Brady and Nina Fritz and Danielle Robinson; his great-granddaughters, Anna Lisa and Arianna, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Lisa Fritz; his first wife, Eleanor Rizzo Fritz; and his brothers, John and Bill Fritz.
A funeral service in celebration of Bobby's life will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, November 5, at Seymour Congregational Church, 15 Broad St., Seymour. Interment with military honors will follow in the family plot at Southford Cemetery, Oxford. Friends and relatives may call on Sunday, November 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Seymour Congregational Church, 15 Broad St., Seymour.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research or Seymour Pink, through Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank St., Seymour.
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