Monday, September 17, 2012

Celebration of the Life of Gaeton Fonzi



Celebration of the Life 
Gaeton J. Fonzi 

Born to this Life: October 10, 1935
Born to Eternal Life: August 30, 2012 

Family Obituary by Marie Fonzi

Gaeton Fonzi, 76, of Satellite Beach, died peacefully on Thursday, August 30 surrounded by his loving family.  He is survived by Marie, his wife of 55 years, four children (Irene, Guy, Maria, and Christopher) and their spouses (Jeff, Dolly, Victor and Gina), eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Fonzi’s fame as an investigative journalist earned him a place on the Senate and House Committees which investigated the JFK assassination and subsequently resulted in the publication of his book The Last Investigation in 1993 which is highly critical of the Warren Commission Report.  His book was considered by many critics as among the best books on the subject and he was recognized as a respected authority on those aspects of the assassination involving anti-Castro Cubans and the intelligence agencies. 
Previous to his involvement investigating the assassination, Mr. Fonzi was Senior Editor of Philadelphia Magazine where he wrote over 100 major feature articles and won the magazine’s first national journalism award.   During this time, he published Annenberg: a Biography of Power and was featured in Best Magazine Articles 1968. 

An honors journalism graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Fonzi served in the US Army Infantry and rose to Captain in a Civil Affairs reserve unit.  Upon moving to Miami in 1972, Mr. Fonzi became editor of Miami Magazine and senior editor of its sister publication, Gold Coast.  Throughout his career, Mr. Fonzi wrote for New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Penthouse, Avenue Magazine, the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune.  He won numerous awards including two local Sigma Delta Chi Awards and a National Sigma Delta Chi Award. 

Mr. Fonzi was an avid runner who completed numerous races and three marathons.  His greatest joy was sailing with lovedones on his Mariah Jones.  He has been called the best investigative reporter who ever drew breath, a man whose courage and judgment could be trusted without hesitation.  So who could dispute this lifetime Yankee fan’s claim that he was indeed Joe DiMaggio. 

Mass to be held at 11am on Tuesday, September 4 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 3050 North Hwy A1A, Indialantic, Florida.  Luncheon reception at 1:00 p.m., at City Tropics Bistro, 249 Fifth Avenue, Indialantic, Fla.

Printed Obituaries:

Miami Herald
Philadelphia Inquirer
New York Times
Boston Globe reprint from NYT
Washington Post reprint from Phil Inquirer
Pittsburg Gazetter reprint from NYT
Sydney Morning Herald reprint NYT
The Independent (UK)
Florida Today
McCormick Place 

#1.   In the November 1980 issue of The Wasingtonian there appeared an article by Gaeton Fonzi titled "Who Killed JFK?", which had previously been published in Gold Coast magazine in two parts.  Here is the original manuscript for that article before the editors got hold of it.  Because the entire article is 636kb, it has been divided into two parts.

NOTE:  This is the original manuscript which was done on a typewriter.  When Gaeton Fonzi prepared for his book by the same name, he had it retyped.  The retyping abounded with spelling and other errors. Most of these errors still are present.  The manuscript presented here is neither the Wasingtonian article nor the book.  It is the ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT. 

#2.  Another published ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT (before editorial cuts).  This one pertains to Jorge Mas Canosa and was titled JORGE WHO?.

#3.  On October  8, 1994 the South Florida Researcher Group (formerly known as the Ft. Lauderdale JFK Group) interviewed Gaeton Fonzi using questions submitted by other JFK historians and researchers.  INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT  ...

#4.  On April 27, 1996, JFK researcher and writer Steve Bochan interviewed Gaeton Fonzi.
           Bochan - Fonzi Interview  ... 
            From this interview and other sources, Mr. Bochan wrote:  Understanding Odio .  (The "Odio" referring to Silvia Odio)
            For those unfamiliar with Ms. Odio, she was living in Dallas in 1963 and had an unexpected visit from lee Harvey Oswald
            and two other individuals. [For more information on the Silvia Odio encounter with LHO, a Selected Bibliography has
            been compiled for your information.]

#5.  Gaeton Fonzi Passed Peacefully on 30 August 2012.
            Funeral services and obituaries

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1 comment:

  1. from: david t. krall
    Mr. Fonzi's contributions are and will be always considered monumental in researching the JFK Assassination. What is not generally known are the numerous articles he wrote on the JFK assassination
    in Phila magazine well before 1980. These articles, which I came across while doing my own research on the JFK murder years ago, were written and published
    in Phila. Magazine during the mid-& late 1960's. They are very good !!! I strongly advise anyone to add these as a welcome addition to their research library !!!
    David T. Krall