SHIRTZ, JOHN JOSEPH, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA. John was born November 22, 1947 in Pennsylvania and was self employed as a consulting environmental engineer. He was a retired United States Air Force disabled veteran, attained the rank of Lt. Col and received multiple decorations and medals with Oak Leaf Clusters. His educational background includes study at George Washington University and a Masters degree in engineering from Catholic University. Among John's many and varied interests, he was most pround of his membership on the United Nations Environmental Protection Committee. In between his UN activities, career and family pursuits, John thoroughly enjoyed world travel and was able to visit many countries on several continents. He is survived by Wife, Kathy (Kennerly) Shirtz, Sons; Matthew and Adam Shirtz, Brother, Patrick Shirtz and Sister, Jeannine (Mrs. Steve) Schaeffer, both of Pennsylvania. Visitation will be at WHITE AND DAY COLONIAL CHAPEL, 901 W. Torrance Blvd. (at Prospect), Redondo Beach, CA, 90177, 310-379-2446, on Wednesday, September 5, 2001 from 6PM to 8PM. Celebration of Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, September 6, 2001 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, (Prospect Avenue at Massey), Hermosa Beach, CA. Interment with military honors will be held at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. En lieu of flowers, friends are invited to contribute to the charity of their choice in John's memory.

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  1. John, was and still, is a good man. I will miss his friendship. Larry Jones, Fire Safety Manager, Ventura County Fire Protection District

  2. To Lady Kathy and little Sirs Matthew and Adam – I can remember John\’s excitement and determination in training the Men and Women of the County of Ventura in areas of Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety. He loved his students and he loved his work. He always took the time to address their concerns in a humble but brilliant way. We will always be appreciative of the services that John and Kathy have given us. John\’s brilliance has given us, who survive him, a point of inspiration. It is with sadness that we experience his transition to the spiritual nature of life, only because we are the ones stuck here in this material world. May we have the grace and strength to carry on with the best of him in our hearts. Lady Kathy, you are loved and cherished, be well and carry on. With Love, Cheryl

  3. Kathy and boys: Rex and I were stunned to hear of John\’s passing. My fondest memory is when the four of us flew our plane to central CA for lunch and John was flying home (with Rex\’s help). John kept pulling back on the rudder as Rex was adjusting trim – both working against each other in their efforts. Soon the plane was flying like a cargo plane flying dirty. I will call you. Our most heartfelt thoughts are with you in this time. I wish we could be there for you. Rex & Virginia Morris

  4. John and I have many shared memories as we worked the Space Shuttle program for the Air Force. John will always be remembered for his devotion to honor and country.

  5. I\’m so very sorry to hear of John\’s passing. I didn\’t get a chance to know John as well as I would have liked. May God be with you and your family in this difficult time.

  6. I\’ll always be thankful for John\’s willingness to let me be a part of the Health & Safety team at LAAFB. Coming in as someone who knew nothing about bioenvironmental engineering he encouraged and helped me get up to speed and contribute to AXZ\’s successes. I really enjoyed serving under John\’s leadership and will always remember the friendships made and programs worked on at LAAFB. Kathy, may God\’s peace and comfort surround you and the boys. Mitch & Naomi Seidman

  7. Kathy, Matthew and Adam, I remember being told when I was at Edwards AFB that we were finally going to get a REAL INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST! I was really glad to meet John and to have had the opportunity to not only work with him and share in his expertise there, but as I moved to Ventura he supported not only the County of Ventura,but other health and safety projects where I needed an industrial hygienist… But, of course, I remember when you all came to visit us in Ventura and we all went to the County Fair!!! Now one of you boys wandered off & we all had a time looking for you right before the fireworks!!! Know John, your Dad, will always be with you and he is now at Peace with God… Please know our prayers are with you and when schedules permit and you need time away… Call we\’d love to have you all visit again! Mary Gene and the rest of the Ryan 5 (Dr. Bob, Jessica and Matthew) – 1 AGGIE (Michael)

  8. Dear Kathy and Family, May God be with you at this time of sorrow. Doing business with you and John was always a pleasure. You are in my prayers. God Bless You All. Sincerely, Wanda VanNoy Risk Management County of Ventura

  9. I\’m so sorry to hear Col. Shritz passed away. He was a wonderful leader in the industrial hygiene community. Sincerely, Becky Lally

  10. I\’m so sorry to hear Col. Shritz passed away. He was a wonderful leader in the industrial hygiene community. Sincerely, Becky Lally

  11. To The Shirtz Family- My most sincere condolences for your loss of such a man. He was truly an interesting and inspired individual, with a passion for his profession. It was my pleasure to have worked with him, even though only for a relative short time. He will be missed.

  12. I had the pleasure to know John only a short time while serving on the SCAIHA Board with him. I was impressed with his sincerity and passion for the health and safety profession, and in his desire to help and protect others. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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