OBITUARY

Francis Fitzgerald

October 6, 1924November 12, 2012

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.

Services

  • Funeral service Friday, November 16, 2012
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November 17, 2012

A wonderful man. As a teenager I worked for Mr. Fitzgerald at Misserts.

A couple of years ago, with Mrs. Smith's urging, he shared a story about a specific WWII situation where he encoungered German soldiers during a battle. I have told it a number of times
I will leave this story to his family.

Dick Lapine

kathleen ferguson

November 16, 2012

Francine, family and Betty - So sorry to hear about my favorite Uncle Fitz. Wish I could be there with you to honor his life and say good-bye. He will be remembered for his laughter and joy for living. Much love and many blessing to you all.

Mike Mills

November 15, 2012

I worked at Parkview Rise and had the pleasure of knowing Fitz for five years. He was a kind-hearted man who I respected tremendously. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

November 15, 2012

Condolences to the family of Francis "Fitz" Fitzgerald .. Meet him 41 years ago working at AJ Misserts and remainded friends. Also loved my jokes and my music. and recently at a wedding this summer and played a song for him at the wedding.. Prayers and thoughts to the family.

Lester Gates

Bonnie Smithers

November 15, 2012

Frannie & Family, One of the things I will remember about your Dad was his smile, he was always smiling, he definitely made people feel good when they were around him. Then there was the dancing; I could always count on having at least one dance with a very dashing man whenever we were both at the same party or wedding. Memories are a wonderful thing. With Sincere Sympathy. Love, Bonnie & Jim

Judy Ferguson

November 15, 2012

Francine and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a wonderful man and always had a smile and good word for everyone. We know he is in a better place and is at peace. God bless you all.

Judy Ferguson and Clover Ferguson Gleason, Redwood, NY

November 15, 2012

You will always be in many hearts Grampy.

November 15, 2012

To Fitz's Family,
I worked with Fitz at AJ Missert's for a number of years.He was a great guy.My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Mahlon S. Carr

Jeff & Karen Potter

November 14, 2012

Rest in peace Grandpa Fitz! You will be missed!

James and Anne Frisina

November 14, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.