John J. Pritz, Sr
March 15, 2017
|John J. Pritz, Sr. a resident of the Hideout, Lake Ariel, PA, and formerly of Wrightstown, Bucks County, PA died Wednesday at his home as a result of the recent snowstorm. His wife is Elizabeth Jane (Spees) Pritz.
Born May 7, 1935 in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late James and Leonora (McKernan) Pritz.
John graduated from North Catholic High School in 1952. He served in the United States Army in Korea as a radio operator. Upon his return he worked various jobs until he opened Pritz’s Drive-In in Montgomeryville, PA. He owned and operated the restaurant until selling the business in 1976. He worked for Carr’s Tire and Automotive Service, first in Chalfont, PA and then managing the Quakertown, PA stores until his retirement. In 2007 he and Jane moved to the Hideout community near Hamlin, PA to enjoy the Poconos where they had vacationed for many years.
John was a quiet and loving man with a determined work ethic. He insisted on fixing anything that broke whether it was fixable or not. He relished telling a good story with all the details and if he forgot something he was not bashful about filling in the gaps. He recently celebrated his 62nd year of marriage to Jane and was happily attentive to her life needs from multiple joint replacement surgeries. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to say so. He had a big heart and was not afraid to use it!
Surviving in addition to his wife are his sons: John J. Pritz Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Doylestown, PA, Christopher J. Pritz and wife Karen of Venetia, PA, and Matthew Pritz and wife France of Cantley, QC, Canada; his daughter Jessica Benner and husband Jason of Souderton, PA. His grandchildren are: Tyler and his wife Suzanne, Connor, Benjamin, Gabriel, Mary Kate, Jeremy, Nathaniel, Megan, Matthew and McKenna. He is survived by his brother James Pritz and wife Patricia, as well as his sister-in-law and her husband Linda and Skip Orser and brother-in-law and his wife, Robert and Emma Spees. He is also survived by sixteen nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted at St. John’s Episcopal Church – Hamlin, PA at a date to be announced. Arrangements entrusted to Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home of Moscow, PA.
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