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Obituary: Frederick J. Reitter

Frederick J. Reitter

January 16, 1919 – May 21, 2011

Frederick J. Reitter, 92, passed away at his home in Venice, FL, in the afternoon of May 21, 2011. A long-term resident of Manhasset, Mr. Reitter was born in Brooklyn, on Jan. 16, 1919.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Reitter, in 2010. Survivors include his daughters, Louise Thompson of Dayton, OH, and her husband John Thompson and their children, Jennifer, Christopher, Sarah and Rachel; Lynn Keffer of Chatham, NJ, and her husband Thomas Keffer and their children, Philip and Meredith; Lisa Finkbeiner of Port Washington and her husband Kurt Finkbeiner and their children, Carl and John; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Reitter retired from Exxon, formerly Standard Oil of New Jersey, with 40 years of service and was active with the Exxon Sarasota-Manatee Annuitant’s Club. His job took him and his family to Australia for three years in the 1960s and he traveled extensively throughout the world for business and pleasure. Fred retired from Exxon in 1978 at the age of 59.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, in India. He received his bachelor of science degree from New York University in 1947.

Fred moved to Venice in 1990 with his wife Ruth. Prior to living in Venice, they lived for 25 years in Manhasset where he was a long time member of the Kiwanis Club, active with Church of Our Savior Lutheran and the Master Crafter of Manhasset. During his years in Venice he enjoyed playing golf, volunteered at the Green Butterfly to benefit the Loveland Center of Florida, continued to travel, found time to read, and engaged in woodworking projects.

He understood the value of kind words and was always happy to engage in conversation and connect with people. He liked to share his memories of growing up in Brooklyn, often recalling that he could ride his bicycle safely around the neighborhood and be gone all day until dinner time. He was always ready for an adventure and liked to keep busy whether that was taking his family on ski trips or, as a member of the Port Washington Yacht Club, sailing his boat on Manhasset Bay for Thirsty Thursday races. He felt he lived a good life and was proud of all his family.

Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice at 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 through