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Dr. Eric A. Whitted

January 5, 1926 - January 20, 2014
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Dr. Eric A. Whitted was the 2nd generation born and raised in St. Petersburg, Fl. He was proud of his heritage of early St. Petersburg settlers as the nephew of Albert Whitted, the downtown airport namesake and great grandson of Zephaniah Phillips, first settler of Pass-a-Grill. He attended St. Petersburg High School and enlisted into the Army after graduation. He was stationed in Korea and earned the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves. After his military service, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Florida followed by a Master's Degree in administration, supervision, and guidance at the University of...
Dr. Eric A. Whitted was the 2nd generation born and raised in St. Petersburg, Fl. He was proud of his heritage of early St. Petersburg settlers as the nephew of Albert Whitted, the downtown airport namesake and great grandson of Zephaniah Phillips, first settler of Pass-a-Grill.

He attended St. Petersburg High School and enlisted into the Army after graduation. He was stationed in Korea and earned the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves. After his military service, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Florida followed by a Master's Degree in administration, supervision, and guidance at the University of Oklahoma. He started his career at Pinellas County Schools as a teacher, progressing rapidly to assistant principal and then principal at various schools within the district. During his tenure, he also earned his doctorate degree in education from Nova University. He ended his career as an area superintendent after dedicating over 3 decades to the educational needs of the community. He further contributed to education after retirement by serving as a consultant to various school districts. He will be remembered as a visionary that looked for inventive ways to enrich the educational experience of children.

Eric was a dreamer and an eternal optimist, influencing his approach to his career and personal life. As an outdoor enthusiast, he loved to spend time hunting, fishing and scalloping at the family cabin on the Chassahowitzka River. He enjoyed the many summers spent with his children and grandchildren camping and hiking around the country. One of his dreams came true when he spent a fun-filled white Christmas with his family in Montana. He shared many amusing stories of his summer vacations to Europe with friends and relatives. He was a mentor, wonderful father and grandfather and most of all a loving and devoted husband of 60 years who compassionately cared for his wife during a prolonged illness. His zeal for life was contagious and the world will not be the same without him.

Eric is survived by his sister Eleanor, son Michael and his wife Lisa, son Leland, daughter Laura, grandchildren Ryan and Eric and great grandson Kyle.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4:00pm on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 693 S. Belcher Road in Clearwater. A private Inurnment will be held at a later date on Johns Island.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to either the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (www.alzfdn.org) or Friends of Crystal River NWRC in Memory of Eric Whitted, 1502 SE Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429.

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"Mr whitted was a parents dream as a Vice Principal and wonderful to work for as a student. He was always fair and belived in giving a student a chance to..." Jean Davis Brown (Castle Rock, CO)

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