PORTSMOUTH, R.I. - George W. Pitzer, 78, of Portsmouth, entered Eternal Life on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.
George was born June 20, 1936, in Cumberland, the son of the late John Webster Pitzer and Gladys (Apple) Pitzer. He was the husband of Katherine (Leer) Pitzer for the last 55 years.
George was a graduate of Frostburg University, and started his work life as a math and science teacher in Maryland Public schools. He then began his professional journey with a career at IBM, working as a software engineer for 30 years, earning the distinction of membership in the Quarter Century Club, and retired from IBM in 1994. He continued to work another 15 years in a similar capacity at Lockheed Martin.
George was a faithful member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Middletown, where he served as an usher for over 40 years. He volunteered in the community meal service to the homeless, and served on many different committees. George also volunteered his time with his children and grandchildren, first as a soccer and baseball coach for his children, then as a loyal fan at every one of his grandson's soccer games.
George was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend. In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling extensively, and was a World War II enthusiast. His Tuesday morning breakfast group with retired friends was a highlight for him. George immersed himself in the pleasures of nature, working on his lawn and gardens.
George Pitzer is survived by his wife, Katherine (Leer) Pitzer; two daughters, Beth Eddy, of Kingston, Mass., and Kim Pitzer of Providence; his son, John Pitzer and wife Jennifer West Pitzer of New York, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Eddy and William Eddy. He also leaves a sister, Bonita Pitzer of Raleigh, Durham, N.C.; and a brother, Dr. John Harden of Winchester, Va.
Funeral services will be held at Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave, Cumberland, on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Chris Gobrecht officiating.
Burial will follow the service at Rose Hill Cemetery.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or to Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 Turner Road, Middletown, RI 02842.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com
Published on June 13, 2017