Rolland "Fritz" Zeck

Born: Wed., Nov. 27, 1940
Died: Tue., Jul. 11, 2017

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Rolland Frederick “Fritz” Zeck, age 76, of Greensboro, GA passed away, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his home with his loved ones.  Born in Sandusky, OH on November 27, 1940, he was the only child of the late Frederick Harry “Doc” Zeck and ​B​erma Glass Zeck.  Fritz graduated from Sandusky High School and furthered his education at ​Franklin College and Ohio University.

​W​hile working at Columbus and Southern Electric, he met and ​married Sandra Alice Adams of Coshocton, Ohio and on June 24, 2017 they celebrated 50 years of m​arriage with their children and grandchildren.

Fritz found his calling in the lighting industry starting his career at Abolite​ Lighting under the direction of George Siegrist. In order to further his career he moved his family to Americus, GA. to work for Metalux Lighting and Larry Comer, who entrusted him to start and move the division of Lumark Lighting to Dallas, TX.  After Metalux and Lumark were purchased by Cooper Lighting, Fritz became Vice President of Sales under Dan Thomson and Ralph Jackson and was promoted to President of Cooper Lighting in 1994 until he retired in 2002.

For fifty-one years he was a member of the Elks Club. He had a passion for golf, fishing, WWII history, food, travel and his grandchildren.

Fritz was a great leader, friend, husband and father, celebrating life to the fullest everyday.  He never worried about what might happen but instead focused on the present.  One of his favorite sayings was “Don’t worry about the mule going blind, just hitch up the wagon and pull on the line” 

Fritz is survived by his wife of fifty years, Sandra Zeck of Greensboro, GA; his daughter, Laura Zeck and her husband Jesse Doquilo of Seattle, WA; his son, Adam Zeck and his wife Katie of Charlotte, NC; and his three grandchildren, Grace Doquilo, Noah Zeck and Chloe Zeck; other relatives and many friends.

Even though Fritz will be greatly missed, he didn’t want to be mourned, just remembered as a person who loved life.  So at Fritz’s request, the family will hold a Celebration of Fritz’s Life later this year. The family requests that any memorials be made to the American Heart Association or the National Psoriasis Foundation.  Fritz will be cremated and arrangements will be taken care of by McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA  (706) 453-2626.  Visit us at to sign the online guest register.



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Delores Ebner Flohr
   Posted Thu July 13, 2017
I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of Fritz Zeck. I graduated from Sandusky High School with him in the Class of 1959. I will always remember him with a big smile on his face that exuded happiness. It was a treat to talk to him. My sincere sympathy to the family. The SHS Class of 1959 will surely miss him.

Ralph Jackson
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
Many good memories working with Fritz . Even when we might disagree he always had your back when the chips were on the table. Will miss him.

Bettye Pharr Oakes
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
"Mr. Fritz" was a great boss at Cooper Lighting. I worked at Westinghouse-Crouse Hinds-Cooper Lighting-Eaton in Vicksburg, MS until June 2016 almost completing my 50 years (July). I was the Customer Service Manager until Sales-service was moved to PTC in 1996. Mr. Fritz started the Customer First work ethic for us and we prospered. Still have his newsletters and emails in my scrapbook and appreciated his guidance in Lighting. Prayers for God's comfort and peace for his family. Take care.

Will Foley
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Fritz' passing. Fritz was a huge presence at Cooper throughout most of my tenure there early in my career. As a young professional, I coveted the few opportunities to impress him or learn from him. He taught me several valuable lessons about being a straight shooter, not taking one's self too simply, speaking plainly, and much more. Fritz made a huge mark on his company, the industry, and many many around him. We are all better for having had him in our lives for a time.

Bill Stovall
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Fritz Zeck. I have many fond memories of camping with his family as a child in our caravan of pop-up campers and communicating via "CB Radio" while traveling to our vacation destinations.

He was a kind and loving man and will be missed by many.

My love and blessings to Sandy, Laura, Adam, & their families.

With Much Love & Affection,

Bill Stovall

Kevin Gettmann
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
My condolences to the Zeck family at the passing of Fritz.
I worked under him at Cooper Lighting and he was always very friendly towards me. He was a good man.
Kevin Gettmann

Peggy Carson
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
Sandy, so sorry to hear of Fritiz's passing. I have many good memories of Fritz - he was always positive and upbeat - just all around great guy! Always honest, for example - while we were called "Metalux", came back to work after a week of sick days with a thyroid issue - thought I was looking so much better - but to Fritz I looked as if I had "just been released from a concentration camp!"

Will be praying for you and the family.

Roberta Russell Kessler
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
To the Family of Fritz Zeck

Our prayers to the family. Fritz grew up with me in Sandusky Ohio we always had great times and lots of memories from our childhood days. I know he will be missed by many as he was a fun loving guy and his parents were the best to us as kids. Was grateful he had such a wonderful life and lived his life to fullest.
Prayers and Love

Beth Alston
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
I met Fritz was back in the late '70s when I worked at Metalux in sales, and later in graphics at the copywriter. The things I most remember about him are his big, booming voice, and that he was always smiling and seemed to really enjoy his work and his colleagues. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Jackie Harvard Palmer
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
Sandy, so sorry to hear about Fritz. I am lucky to have known and worked for Fritz. I remember when he first came to Metalux. He would always ask us if we had asked for the order! I was on Stovall's team, but Fritz's team was always healthy competition; however, he was armed with Miss Metalux, Maggie Clure, and she was unstoppable. Maggie thought the world of Fritz and I am sure that her wings were wide open when he made his transition. Prayers for you and your family in your loss. God Bless.

John D Mitchell
   Posted Fri July 14, 2017
Sandy, so sorry to hear of the passing of Fritz. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Many great memories of times spent together in Americus. Hope to see you at a later date

Tony Plonner
   Posted Sat July 15, 2017
What a fine man. Fritz was instrumental in helping us create our company, Lighting Dynamics, in 1991. His support meant so much to us. He was a great leader of Cooper Lighting. Through his guidance and wisdom, he brought the company to the forefront of the industry. He was a master of motivation. I will never forget the great times we had at our sales meetings and trips. May he rest in peace.

God Bless,
Tony Plonner

Tim O'Brien
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
Fritz was a wonderful man and his life impacted so many others. My prayers and condolences to his family and friends. May the good Lord allow you peace and rest during your time of grief.

Becky Rainer
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
What a great leader. Cooper Lighting prospered under Fritz’s direction for many years. He will be missed in the industry. Condolences to the family

John Mabbott
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
Fritz was a man who positively influenced so many in his life, including me. He was a true leader, great husband and father. My deepest sympathies to Sandy and the entire family.

Cynthia Aycock
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
I worked with Fritz back in the early days of Metalux when he bought Lumark in the door with him. I was on his regional team, and totally admired and respected him. We gave him a hard time but loved him dearly. Sandy, my heart and prayers are with you and the kids.

Bob and Sharon Pulsifer
   Posted Thu July 20, 2017

Sharon and I were saddened to hear of your lose. We we think of the fun times shared in the south of France, Hawaii and home here in Canada's Maritimes.

We have a lot of great memories of our times with Cooper Lighting and Fritz was a part of our best times.

Greg & Pam Reddick
   Posted Fri July 21, 2017
We have lost a great friend. Greg & Fritz began working together at Abolite Lighting in Ohio in 1966 or 1967. Fritz & Sandy were married in June of 1967 and Greg & I in August. We had many good times together over the years. Prayers for peace to Sandy, Laura and Adam and the grandchildren.