OBITUARY

Francis Fitzgerald

January 23, 1933May 3, 2018
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Francis Fitzgerald 85, died peacefully on Thursday, May 3, 2018 after a difficult battle with cancer. At his side during his final days, which came much sooner than expected, were his wife Lois, son Chris, daughters MaryKaye and Beth, and stepson Mike and his sister Cathy and nephew Danny Deane. Frank was born on January 23, 1933 in Newark, NJ, the son of William and Katherine Fitzgerald. From early childhood he lived in Roxbury, MA until he and his family moved to Wethersfield, CT where he graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1952. Shorty after graduation, he joined the army and stationed at Fort Sam Houston,TX, served proudly in the US Army Police Core for two years. Following his service, he studied and graduated from Benedictine Heights College in Tulsa, OK. In 1955 he married his first wife Annette with whom he was blessed with seven wonderful children named MaryKaye Varni/Louie, East Hampton, CT, Chris/ Judy, Boulder, CO, Beth, Essex, CT, Pat/Monique, Tulsa OK, Helen/John Veenker, Sand Springs, OK Franny/John Cleveland, Littleton, CO, and Andrew, Tulsa OK. Frank eventually moved back to Connecticut and started his own companies, Air Lab and Filter Systems in Cromwell, CT. He enjoyed successfully running these businesses for many years. Frank and Annette parted in 1974. In 1981 he married Lois Thomas and they settled in Niantic, CT before moving to Essex. Lois brought five children into his life, Liz/Dave Krill, Raymond, ME, John/Robin, Denton, NC, Jackie Mirmina, Jacksonville Beach, FL, Ray/Myriam, Madrid, Spain and Mike, New London, CT. Frank was an avid golfer and for many years belonged to the Middletown Exchange Golf League with whom he played golf twice a week with many of is dear friends. Yearly golf trips were also on his calendar and included some great courses in Ireland. Weekly poker games with his golf buddys were played for many years until he became too ill to attend. After his retirement and more time on the golf course, Frank decided to see how it felt to try working again. He was hired by Whelen Engineering in Chester, CT where he worked for fifteen years. He loved working there and was very fond of many of his fellow employees. Frank was predeceased by his parents, his brother David Fitzgerald, his sister and her husband, Joan and Bob Marino and brother-in-Iaw, Henry Deane. He leaves behind to mourn his passing his loving wife, Lois, his many children, step children, many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren, his sister, Catherine, sjster-in-Iaw Anne Fitzgerald, many nieces and nephews and devoted friends.

Services

  • Procession will assemble Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 11, 2018
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Fran Mirmina

May 10, 2018

I will always remember Frank as a kind person who was everyone’s friend. Whether it was with people who knew him well or meeting people for the first time. On his nightly walks he never passed a person without a friendly ‘hello'. I admire how people he would meet for the first time would immediately warm up to him. I’ll always remember his laugh, either at joke or a funny story and occasionally he would laugh at himself. I look back on the many occasions I was lucky enough to play golf with Frank because you really get to know someone better during a round of golf. We played in many Member/Guest Golf Tournaments together and actually did quite well. The first year we played in our Member /Guest Tournament Frank made a lot of friends which was not surprising. And over the following year my golf buddies would ask ‘is your father-in-law coming back to play again? We had a great time." Another example of how Frank made friends so easily.
I do remember anther time during one round of golf when Frank got a ‘birdie’. We were playing in a golf tournament at Oakbridge Country Club in Ponte Vedra, Florida. On this one hole there was water down the right and a flock of birds on the water’s edge. Frank did his pre-shot routine, lined up his stance and launched a majestic shot into the air. He held his golf pose as he watched the ball fly and land a few seconds later into the flock of birds. As we drove our carts down the fairway to see where our shots landed we noticed one of the birds was laying down and Frank immediately felt terrible. But a few moments later the bird stood back up and flew away as if nothing happened. Unshaken Frank hit his next shot onto the green and made the putt. It was a birdie to remember.
Frank loved sports and even today when I’m watching a major golf tournament or watching the Red Sox or I see Notre Dame playing football on TV I have an image of Frank, with a Jameson’s in hand, cheering them on. Frank will be missed but he will never forgotten.

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Luke and Grampa sporting some ammo in Colorado

Biography

Francis Fitzgerald 85, died peacefully on Thursday, May 3, 2018 after a
difficult battle with cancer. At his side during his final days, which came
much sooner than expected, were his wife Lois, son Chris, daughters
MaryKaye and Beth, and stepson Mike and his sister Cathy and nephew
Danny Deane. Frank was born on January 23, 1933 in Newark, NJ, the
son of William and Katherine Fitzgerald. From early childhood he lived in
Roxbury, MA until he and his family moved to Wethersfield, CT where he
graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1952. Shorty after graduation,
he joined the army and stationed at Fort Sam Houston,TX, served proudly in
the US Army Police Core for two years. Following his service, he studied
and graduated from Benedictine Heights College in Tulsa, OK. In 1955
he married his first wife Annette with whom he was blessed with seven
wonderful children named MaryKaye Varni/Louie, East Hampton, CT, Chris/
Judy, Boulder, CO, Beth, Essex, CT, Pat/Monique, Tulsa OK, Helen/John
Veenker, Sand Springs, OK Franny/John Cleveland, Littleton, CO, and
Andrew, Tulsa OK. Frank eventually moved back to Connecticut and
started his own companies, Air Lab and Filter Systems in Cromwell, CT.
He enjoyed successfully running these businesses for many years. Frank
and Annette parted in 1974. In 1981 he married Lois Thomas and they
settled in Niantic, CT before moving to Essex. Lois brought five children
into his life, Liz/Dave Krill, Raymond, ME, John/Robin, Denton, NC, Jackie
Mirmina, Jacksonville Beach, FL, Ray/Myriam, Madrid, Spain and Mike,
New London, CT. Frank was an avid golfer and for many years belonged
to the Middletown Exchange Golf League with whom he played golf twice a
week with many of is dear friends. Yearly golf trips were also on his
calendar and included some great courses in Ireland. Weekly poker games
with his golf buddys were played for many years until he became too ill to
attend. After his retirement and more time on the golf course, Frank
decided to see how it felt to try working again. He was hired by Whelen
Engineering in Chester, CT where he worked for fifteen years. He loved
working there and was very fond of many of his fellow employees. Frank
was predeceased by his parents, his brother David Fitzgerald, his sister
and her husband, Joan and Bob Marino and brother-in-Iaw, Henry Deane.
He leaves behind to mourn his passing his loving wife, Lois, his many
children, step children, many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren,
step grandchildren, his sister, Catherine, sjster-in-Iaw Anne Fitzgerald,
many nieces and nephews and devoted friends.
A procession will assemble at 9:30 am on Friday, May 11, 2018 in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13
Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme, CT for a Mass of Christian Burial in Christ the
King Church, Old Lyme at 11:00 am. lnternment will be held at the
convenience of the family. The Fitzgerald family wishes to thank the
doctors and amazing, caring and loving nurses at Yale New Haven Hospital
in New Haven and Guilford. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made in Frank’s name to the building fund of Christ the
King Church, Old Lyme. Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for direction, tributes and photos.