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An Environmental Warrior Remembered

July 21, 2011

Photos taken by GSBAS' Bob Grover and the article was written by GSBAS' Larry Merryman.

The late John Fritz was remembered on July 21st at a ceremony at Smith Point County Park with the official opening of the John J. Fritz Memorial Fishing Pier. Among other things John was a fine family man, a former Soldier in the U.S. Army, a retired New York City Firefighter, a Suffolk County Park Trustee, a fisherman, an avid birder, and a consummate environmentalist. As a Park Trustee John fought for shared public access to the many areas that Suffolk County owns with the idea that these places should not only be preserved, but also be available for the multiple recreational purposes that the public enjoys. He was persistent in this advocacy and the word "no" was not in his vocabulary. Through his will and determination, as a conserva­tionist who championed the delicate balance between public use and the environment, he had no peer. In addition, New York State previously recognized John’s memory when the hawk-watching platform at Robert Moses State Park was also named in his honor. Birding throughout the United States with his wife Gerta, he was able to build an amazing life list of 773 species. John's legacy as a birder and conservationist with a love of nature will long be remembered.