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Captain William R. Fitts

Captain William R. Fitts, 88, of Lufkin Point Lane, Essex, husband of Rosa Maria (Vernaci) Fitts, died Saturday, November 10, 2012 in the Beverly Hospital following his brief illness.

Born in Providence, RI January 20, 1924 son of the late Harold P. and Beulah (Bowser) Fitts, he was raised in Lincoln RI and a graduate of Pawtucket, RI  High School.  Enlisting in the Army Air Corps he served during WWII in Europe with the 8th Air Force as a B-17 pilot in command. He  flew thirty-five successful bombing missions having been shot down twice. Post war he continued his military service as a bomber pilot instructor. Following his honorable discharge he made the transition to commercial aviation. For the next two years he was employed by TWA as a pilot and Captain in their fleet of transworld Super G Constellations.  After this brief career with TWA   he went to work as a pilot  with American Airlines retiring after thirty-five years in 1984 as a Captain, flying Boeing 747ís.

He loved flying. He will be remembered by most as a quiet non-assuming man who in retirement  enjoyed his time with the family  sailing and fishing in their home waters and their many road and camping trips.   

He was a member of the 8th Air Force Association.

In addition to his wife of  fifty-two years he is survived by a son, William R. Fitts and his wife Laurie of Topsfield; three daughters, Jane E. Woodman, Sandra Ciolino, and Rosemary Burnham and her husband Dennis all of Essex; eleven grandchildren, Ted, Tressa, Lily and Heidi Fitts, Nicole, Justine and Stephanie Boutchie, Cory, Billy and  Sarah Burnham and McKenzie Woodman, and  two great grandchildren, Kihanna and Chanell Boutchie. He was predeceased by a son, Harold P. Fitts formerly of Essex and his two sisters, Jennie and Shirley.

His funeral Service will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by interment with Military Honors in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.

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