Edward H. Puritz
SCHENEVUS — Ed Puritz of Schenevus passed away Saturday morning, March 29, 2014, at the age of 94. Cause of death was complications from old age.
He was born on May 15, 1919, to Harry and Sadie Puritz in Brooklyn.
In October 1941, he married Cynthia Mintz Puritz, and they had three sons. Oldest son, James Puritz lives in Orlando, Fla., and is married to Nootan Puritz. Youngest son, Andrew Puritz of Oneonta, is married to Dr. Joan Puritz.
Edward’s middle son, Frederick Puritz, predeceased his father in 2002, leaving his spouse, Roberta Puritz Hayes of Delray Beach, Fla. Also surviving are Jim’s children, Linda and Thomas, daughter-in-law Robin and their children, Brooke and Sam; Fred’s children, Nate, James, Sarah and her husband, Geoff Milsom; and Andy’s children, Rebecca, Jacob, Abigael and Eliza.
Edward served in the United States Army during World War II, having enlisted in January 1941, before the U.S. entered into hostilities. He served until his honorable discharge having attained the rank of staff sergeant. During his service, he became part of an artillery cadre whose duties included traveling to Army bases teaching gunnery skills. He also performed duties as a medic.
Edward received his bachelor’s degree from the present-day University of Northern Iowa and went on to obtain a master’s degree in education from Columbia University in New York City. He coached track-and-field, cross country, riflery and other sports for 30 years at Mamaroneck High School in Mamaroneck, and taught physical education as well as high school-level courses in psychology. During the 1950s he held numerous other jobs to augment his family income, until his children were old enough to attend school and his wife, Cynthia was able to commence her own career as a teacher.
During the summers, Edward for many years was head counselor at the Anawana Camp (now Kutcher’s Sports Camp) in the Catskills.