A funeral mass for Francis “Fitz” “Brother” Fitzgerald, 88, of Ogdensburg will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph Morgan, Deacon David Sandburg and Deacon Francis Bateman assisting.
Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors.
There will be no calling hours. Mr. Fitzgerald died at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Ogdensburg on Monday, Nov. 12th where he had been a resident since October 5th. Arrangements are with the Fox & Murray Funeral Home.
Surviving are; his daughter, Mrs. Robert (J. Francine) Bremer of Newark, NY; 2 step-daughters, Mrs. David (Linda) Sandburg, Ogdensburg, Ms. Judy Paquette, and her companion, James Gonyeau, West Chazy, NY; a dear friend and companion, Betty Smith, Ogdensburg; 2 step-sons, Richard (Julia) Paquette, Morristown, Robert (Donna) Paquette, Schenectady; 3 grandchildren, Gretchen Bremer, Benjamin Fitzgerald (Kathleen) Bremer, Julia Bremer; 2 great-grandchildren, Ryan Fitzgerald Bremer, Ella Mae Bremer, and several step-grandchildren.
Predeceasing him were; a brother, Norman Fitzgerald; a sister, Mary Jane Ferguson, and a step-son, James Paquette in 2010.
Fitz was born in Alexandria Bay, NY in 1924, the son of Henry & Cora Belle (Quaid) Fitzgerald, he graduated from Alexandria Bay High School, and Paul Smith’s College with an accounting/finance degree. During WWII he served in the US Army from 1943-46, and was engaged in the European campaign and the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He was predecessed by his first wife of many years, Joan Patricia O’Connor Fitzgerald of Gananoqua, Ontario, Canada. Later, in 1989, he married Lorraine Paquette, who passed away in 2000.
His work, after the war, began as an accountant for an Alexandria Bay doctor. He then relocated to Washington, D.C. and worked in the federal State Department, Finance Office. He returned to the North Country to become employed in the finance dept. of Dupont Canada Co., Prescott, Ontario. His final 30 years of work, before retirement, were spent as Business Manager at A.J. Missert, beverage distributor, Ogdensburg. After his retirement he accepted the position of Executive Director, Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce where he served for several years.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral parish, a member of the church choir, a 3rd Degree Knight of the A.D. Charbonneau Knights of Columbus Council. He loved spending time with his family, singing, listening to music, dancing, socializing, golfing, traveling, and watching sports.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, Inc., St Joseph’s Nursing Home or to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center.
Condolences can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.
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