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McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

David Philip Fitzgerald

March 4, 1957January 7, 2020
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David Philip Fitzgerald was born March 4, 1957 in Kansas City, MO and passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 7, 2020 at Hospice House in Kansas City, MO.

David is survived by his wife, Leabby; his daughter, Sharon Wolff and her husband Matthew; his son Michael Fitzgerald and his fiancée Alison Moffit; and his Australian Shepherd companion “Emmie;” as well as his siblings Robert Fitzgerald and wife Vicki; Peggy Muenks and husband Steve; Sheila Thate and husband Bob; Maureen Newton; Kevin Fitzgerald; Laura Kirkpatrick and husband Jim; Dan Fitzgerald and wife Michelle; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; uncles, aunts, and cousins. David loved his family and was constantly amazed at the accomplishments of his children, siblings, nieces and nephews. If he were to have one last thing to say to each of them, he would want them to know how much he loves them and how proud he is of each and every one of them for the persons they have become.

David was an avid Kansas City sports fan. He would always recount stories of the times he would spend with his family and friends at Chiefs and Royals games. Some of his favorite memories were relived with the 2014 and 2015 Royals post season runs. He was a loyal Chiefs fan through the ups and downs. At the beginning of every season, he knew the Chiefs would have a chance. He would always sing a song to his wife and children: “I’ve got a feeling… the Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl!”

David grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where he attended Christ the King grade school and Rockhurst High School where he made several lifelong friends. He was fortunate to stay close with them through his years. He would want them to know how grateful and thankful he was to have shared so much with them.

David had an incredible work ethic. This was proven to his employers Stix, Baer and Fuller, R H Macys, Target Stores, Volume Shoe Company, and most recently with H&R Block. David’s work ethic was not only tied to the office. David enjoyed working on his yard, vegetable garden, and fish pond. You can ask any of his brothers and sisters, he was truly the green thumb of the family.

One of the most important attributes David passed on to his family was his determination. He always taught his children to work hard and see the task through to the end the right way. He never wavered in his direction or focus. This was evident in his battle with cancer and liver disease. From the day of his diagnosis to the very end, he remained determined to beat it. Throughout his battle he was faced with tremendous adversity. David was never shaken. Although the disease broke him, it will never break his resolve that lives on in those he loved.

I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7.

Services

  • Rosary Service Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, January 13, 2020

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Steve Muenks

January 12, 2020

Dear Leabby, Sharon, Matt, Michael, and Alison, My deepest condolences to all of you regarding David's passing. David was always kind, generous, fun, dependable and especially a special part of the Jarboe Clan for me. I will truly miss his always "Funny Wit" at Family gatherings and "Competitiveness" at all the Turkey Bowl games. It was always so much fun playing with or against him each Thanksgiving Day. I will miss you Buddy but I know you are in God's Hands in heaven with your Mom. God Bless !!!
PS - You will always be remembered on "Turkey Bowl" day; and, if possible, I could use your strength and skills for a "Touchdown" .

Dan Fitzgerald

January 12, 2020

Bro

Brave, clever, loyal, compassionate, witty, accomplished, committed and supportive. Just some words to describe my brother. A link in the family chain has been broken but we know the chain will be reconnected again when we meet again. God hold you in the palm of his hand. I love you. You will be greatly missed. Slainte.

Love Bro Dan

Peggy Muenks

January 12, 2020

Leabby, Sharon, Matt, Michael, Alison, ☘️
The written words, the pictures and video are a beautiful and perfect tribute to David. He is, was and always will be remembered through each of you . Thank you for including all of the brothers and sisters and huge Irish Jarboe gang in everything in his life and in his passing. His passing challenges all of us to live our lives fully each day with fun, courage, love, sincerity, strength, humility and selflessness. I will miss him and honor him always and will chose to remember him as JARBOE STRONG, ☘️SHOUT🎼 and remember FIVE O’CLOCK as a special and tender time of the day always ☘️ Xoxoxoxoxoxo

Pat Brown

January 12, 2020

My sympathy to David's family and all my Fitzgerald cousins.. Whenever I visited K.C, or he visited Chicago he was always so nice and of course, so fun to be with.

May he Rest In Peace .

Go Chiefs!
Love,
Pat Brown



Joe Hilboldt

January 12, 2020

To the Fitzgerald Family. So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with all. Thinking of Dave brings back fond memories of the the Christ the King days and the long connection of the Fitzgerald and Hilboldt's. Prayers to all.
Joe Hilboldt

Dan Terhune

January 12, 2020

I worked with Dave for many years at Payless ShoeSource and H & R Block. In fact, he helped get me the position at Block. He was one of the finest men I knew. I was very shocked to get the news of his passing and had tried to contact him several times over the past few years. He was a very kind man who was so very proud of his children. He was a "man's man" and I could talk to him about anything. His family can very proud to know that he made a positive difference in so many people's lives. I shall miss him greatly.

JEFF MILLS

January 11, 2020

Rest in Peace Dave,
We were classmates and friends and you were even my boss at Stix, Baer and Fuller when we were teenagers. You were already in management and I worked for you on the loading dock in shipping and receiving.
I see that you carved out quite a wonderful life and a beautiful family.
My condolences to your wife and kids and entire family.
You were already a man when I was still a boy Dave.
Sincerely,
Jeff Mills class of 75

Rhonda Savage

January 11, 2020

Dave you have always been a great sounding board and someone I had the utmost respect for. You have been a great friend, an amazing mentor and co-worker. You will be greatly missed. I will never forget the time that you and Ron Haith (while training me) starting razzing each other and you asked Ron if he hurt his arm patting himself on the back and he made a comment about the glare coming from your head. You are gone too soon my dear friend.

LAURA KIRKPATRICK

January 11, 2020

I cannot believe you are gone, big Bro. Things will never be the same. Thanks for always having my back growing up. Thanks for showing me how to never take life too seriously, and thanks for showing me what true strength is. There has never been, or ever will be, anybody like you. You truly are one of the best. Help me out from up there, will ya? I need you! I love you and miss you so much.

Alicia Beck

January 11, 2020

Our enormous loss is heaven’s gain. Uncle David, thanks for teaching all of us determination, friendship, humility, “family first,” and to never take yourself too seriously. Michael and Sharon and the rest of my cousins will pass on your lessons and wisdom for generations to come. We miss you like crazy. I love you , Alicia

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