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|Friday, 01 November 2013 11:04|
Patrick Thomas Fitzgerald ("Fitz") passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on October 30, 2013, surrounded by his loving daughters and sister.
He was born in Cleveland, OH on July 30, 1944 to Clarence and Eleanor Fitzgerald as the youngest of six children.
He entered the Brunnerdale Seminary at age 13. He continued his religious education at St. Joseph College and St. Charles Major Seminary. He was an ordained priest in the Precious Blood Order. While pursuing additional education at CUNY-Brooklyn College, where he received a Master of Arts in TV Production, Fitz left the priesthood and married.
Fitz had a long career at WBGU-TV beginning as the Director of Television Learning Services and eventually led the station as the General Manager until his retirement in the summer of 2010. As a BGSU administrator he taught courses, served on multiple committees, and won the Ferrari Award for outstanding service in 1985. Fitz was a recognized expert in his field and he served in leadership positions on local, state, and national advisory groups, including the PBS Governance Committee.
Fitz was involved in many civic and charitable organizations within the Bowling Green community. Some of those included the Wood County Planning Commission, Bowling Green Kiwanis Club, Better Investing NW Buckeye Chapter, Town and Gown, BGSU Falcon Club, as well as the current Vice President of the BGSU Retirees Association, and President of the Shared Investment Club.
His passion for humanity and his community fueled his activities with the Wood Area Ministries and St. Aloysius Food Pantry.
As an Irishman, he loved spending time on the green with his "elite" golf buddies. Each summer, Fitz volunteered as the Media Coordinator for the Marathon Classic LPGA tournament in Sylvania.
Faith and church leadership was an integral component of Fitz's life. He was a member of Blessed John the XXIII Catholic Community where he was currently involved in developing the new worship space. He loved life and enjoyed spending time with his daughters and their families, traveling in and out of the country, gardening, BGSU athletics, theater and music.
Fitz was married to Nancy (nee Doenges) for over 40 years until her death last November.
He is survived by his two daughters Dr. Kerri (Dr. Tung Mai Ha) Fitzgerald and Kathleen (David) Sayler, and four beloved grandchildren, Fiona and Norah Hamai and Connor and Liam Sayler.
In spite of his successful career and his many interests, Fitz's family was always his first priority. In 1987, his family won Bowling Green's Family of the Year. He was always surrounded by a large loving family including siblings James Fitzgerald (deceased), Maureen King, Jerry Fitzgerald (deceased), Robert Fitzgerald, and Sharon Hickey, numerous loving Fitzgerald nieces and nephews as well as the large Doenges clan. Fitz considered his many life-long friends as gifts and part of his extended family. His joy and passion for life will be dearly missed by all and will live on through those he has touched.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed John XXIII Catholic Community, 24250 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg, Ohio, with Father Herb Weber officiating.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the DUNN FUNERAL HOME, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 W. Wooster St.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorials be made to Wood Area Ministries or Blessed John XXIII.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.dunnfuneralhome.com.
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|Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 11:06|
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