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Friday, July 15, 2011

Walter Richards Fleet, Jr., 85, of Coudersport, PA

Walter Richards Fleet, Jr., 85, of Coudersport, PA died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

Born on June 28, 1926 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he was the son of Walter and Beatrice Jones Fleet, Sr. On August 18, 1956 at the First Prebyterian church, Nanticoke, PA he married Shirley Jean Rees, who survives.

Mr. Fleet was a resident of Coudersport for many years. He was a veteran of the U S Army Air Corps serving from 1944-1946. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, worked as a textbook salesman and later taught high school history in Potter and McKean counties until his retirement.

He was a member of Eulalia Lodge #342, Coudersport Consistory (recipient of the MSA Award and the 33°), the Headwaters Amateur Radio Club, and was active in Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, being a longtime member of the Chancel Choir and serving on numerous committees in the church and the district. He was a faithful volunteer at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital with 4000+ hours.

Surviving are his wife, and his sister Barbara Mathews of Chevy Chase, MD, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 6-8pm. A Masonic service will be performed at 8pm following visitation. Friends may also call Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 10-11am at the Park United Methodist Church where funeral services will be held at 11am, with the Reverend Scott Ogden officiating. Burial will be in the Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport. Military rites will be accorded at the cemetery by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. 3rd St. Coudersport, PA 16915, Coudersport Consistory, East Second St., Coudersport, PA or Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915


Anonymous said...

Walter was an amazing man who brought joy to everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by all.

Anonymous said...

Walter will be missed.

To echo the words above, he was an amazing person to know. I met him first in my youth when I attended Park United Methodist. Walter and Shirley became good friends of my parents.

Many years later we met again. As I was receiving chemotherapy at Charles Cole, Walter would come in and volunteer on a regular basis. As witty and sharp then as I remembered him being when I was younger.

I consider myself lucky to have known him and I'm sure anyone else that met Walter would agree.

Andy Kulp said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

I met Walter when I started working at the Hospital. He was a volunteer there and always had a smile on his face. He really enjoyed doing what he was doing and I guess that is why he stuck with it for so many years.

I'm going to miss Walter coming in to the shop and picking on me from the time he walked through the door till the time he walked out the door. He could razz a blue streak without any hesitation.

The last time I saw Walter he wanted me to come out to his car cuz he had something to show me. When I went out he had a little rag muffin puppy that he and Shirley had just got. He was so excited because he could take her anywhere...she was almost small enough to put in his pocket. The was the last time I saw him.

Rest in piece were a good man who many people are going to miss...

Anonymous said...

Mr. Fleet taught at Smethport in the early eighties. He was a good teacher and a good man, always friendly. He never talked down or at us students and treated us with respect and dignity.
I hope to be remembered as fondly when I go.
Rest in Peace Walt.
A Former Student

Anonymous said...

Walter was such a nice man. Always enjoyed seeing him up at the Consistory when I was there with my husband. He will missed for sure. Rest In Peace Walter.

Anonymous said...

He taught History to me in the 9th grade at NoPo in '85-'86