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Thomas Wayne Fritz Sr., 73, Weeki Wachee, Fla.
Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas Wayne Fritz Sr., 73, of Weeki Wachhee, Fla., died Sept. 15, 2012, from complications related to leukemia and lymphoma that he battled for 16 years.
He served as the chief of staff of naval intelligence in the 1990s.
Capt. Fritz was a resident of Florida since 2004 and lived in the Washington, D.C., area from 1981 until 2004.
He was born in Highland Park, Ill., on April 2, 1939, raised in Clearwater, Fla., and entered the U.S. Navy in May 1957 for a career lasting 35 years. While in the Navy, he flew more than 5,500 hours on intelligence collection missions. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.
Upon retirement from the Navy, he served as the county administrator for Charles County and was elected to political office, serving two terms as a town council member in La Plata. He also devoted himself to education and public service on men’s cancer issues, volunteering countless hours and serving on boards of a number of charitable organizations. He received the Meritorious Public Service Award from the Navy in 2004. He and his wife received the Charles County Spirit of Community Award in 2002 for their efforts in helping others.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jeannette “Janie” Mott Fritz of Weeki Wachee; children, Leanne Cura and her husband Gustavo of Tampa, Fla., and Thomas Fritz and his wife Jennifer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepsons, Dan Burden and his wife Lisa of Melbourne, Fla., Adam Burden and his wife Allison of Tampa and Chris Burden and his wife Christina of Tampa; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Nicolas Fritz; and sister, Janet Fritz Esposito, both of Clearwater.
Burial took place Feb. 26 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Arrangements were handled by Raymond Funeral Service, La Plata.