AU SABLE FORKS — Seward Webb "Spike" Pulitzer Jr. entered into eternal life on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh N.Y., surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Oct. 23, 1941, in New York City, son of Seward Webb and Mary Jane Kittell Pulitzer.
Spike had a great love for the outdoors and, in particular, the Adirondacks. He was an avid, lifelong woodsman and fisherman, as well as a competitive tennis player early in life.
Spike graduated from Northwood School and attended Wake Forest University. After enlisting in the Army in 1963 he was attached to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. He saw combat in his tour of duty in Viet Nam from 1965-1966 and was wounded at Tuy Wah. He participated in many battles including the Battle of Bloody Ridge and Mighty Mouse Mountain. He was in the 502nd Infantry, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion of the 327th Infantry No Slack, 101st Airborne Division.
Upon completion of his military service he attended Mohawk Valley Community College in 1967-68 and graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, later attending graduate school at SUNY Binghamton.
He was employed by Whiteface Mountain Authority in 1971 and assisted in trail preparation for the 1980 Olympics. In 1972, he joined the U.S. Customs Service and served as a Customs Inspector until 1999.
He served as a Trustee of Holy Name Church and was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 2301, serving as Trustee, Deputy Grand Knight and then Grand Knight. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Assistant and then Scoutmaster of Troop 24 in Au Sable Forks, N.Y. He also served as Assistant Commissioner to the Bedford District. He was also a member of American Legion, Post 504, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the 101st Airborne Association.
Spike is survived by his wife Susan Meconi Pulitzer, who he married in 1970; as well as his son Seward Webb Pulitzer III of Arlington, Mass.; daughter Brooke Pulitzer and her fianc^ Jonathan Colburn of Boston, Mass., and daughter, Morgan Pulitzer of Burlington, Vt.; his sister, Mary F. Pulitzer and her husband Stan Bass of Carlsbad, Calif; nephews Samuel K. Martin IV and his wife, Bonnie of Bozeman, Mont., Stephen Martin and his wife, Denise, of Tallahassee, Fla., William Meconi of Boston, Mass., and John Meconi of N. Myrtle Beach, S.C.; nieces Suzi Meconi of Malden, Mass., Lisa Meconi of Lee, N.H., and Jillian Duda of Plattsurgh; great nieces Shannon Martin of Bozeman, Mont., Michelle Martin of Durham, N.C., Jennifer Martin of Tallahassee, Fla.; great-nephews Connor Duda of Plattsburgh, Nathan Martin of Tallahassee, Fla.; one great-great niece, Jordan Elizabeth Tandy of Bozeman, Mont.; and Winston Pulitzer.
He was predeceased by his parents and one half-brother, Samuel K. Martin III and his wife Nancy of Far Hills, N.J.
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10, at Holy Name Church in Au Sable Forks with a Celebration of Life at the Riverside Lanes in Au Sable Forks immediately following the burial at Holy Name Cemetery.
Memorials in Spike's memory may be made to either the Knights of Columbus Council 2301, 16 John Fountain Road, Jay, NY 12941 or Disabled American Veterans Chapter 179, PO Box 744, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Arrangements are entrusted to Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home, 3 College Street, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912.