William Blitz, a 22-year summer resident of Montauk, died on Sept. 19 at Southampton Hospital. He was 82. A cause of death was not provided.
A Bronx native, he was born to Sam and Sadie Blitz on March 6, 1929. He met his future wife, Myrtle Seltzer, in 1948 at Rockaway Beach in Queens. They were married four years later in the midst of the Korean War, in which Mr. Blitz served from 1951 to 1953.
In 1972, Mr. Blitz, a certified court reporter, opened his own business in New York City, Blitz Reporting. He and his wife ran the business, which had 12 full-time reporters, until retiring in 1995 to Key West, Fla.
“Our clients were attorneys,” said Mrs. Blitz. “We took arbitrations, depositions, everything. The reporters in our office we sent all over the world.”
Mr. Blitz had a passion for fishing off the coasts of Montauk and Key West, taking family and friends aboard his boat, Off the Record.
“Weather permitting, that’s all he did,” Mrs. Blitz said. “He was a commercial fisherman, but he did it for pleasure.”
In addition to his wife, to whom he was married for 59 years, Mr. Blitz is survived by his daughters Sharon Jones of Victor, N.Y., and Sandra Stern of Pittsford, N.Y., and by six grandchildren and a twin sister, Laura Bien of Manhattan.
Two other sisters, Ruth Greenberg and Rosaline Forgash, died before him.
Services will be private.