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Joseph E. Fitzgerald 1936-2013
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September 20, 2015
Just ran across this obituary. I hated to read that Joe passed away. I worked for Joe back the mid-late 90s at Marine Air Federal CU. He was one of my favorite people & I truly enjoyed working with him. Rest in peace Sgt Major!
November 01, 2014
I served with Joe at the 12th Marine Corps District in San Francisco in the late sixties. He was a great Marine and good friend. I learned a lot from Joe. I happened to be going through a box of old pictures and found a picture of Joe and I playing ping pong (I believe it was for the Headquarters championship, which we won) and decided to do a google search and was saddened to find his obituary. But glad to see his beautiful family. I am sure he was a proud Father. I have thought of Joe and Rosemary many times in the last 45 years and I always smile with my memories.

Mitch Thompson (Sgt)
July 13, 2013
There was never any doubt in my mind or heart that my dad loved me. He may have been a quiet man but I always knew how he felt. When he smiled it was like the sun shining. I miss him so much but I know he is with god looking down on all of us, some days shaking his head :-).
June 21, 2013
I never knew you Sgt Maj, but I drove past your funeral mass earlier today. When I saw the Marine Corps Honor Guard, I decided to search and find out who had passed. Rest in peace Devil Dog. Thank you for your service to this great nation. And may God bless your family and friends you left behind. Semper fi!! Sgt H....
June 20, 2013
Fitzgerald family - we are saddened to hear of the death of your loved one. Some of your lives have touched us in many blessed ways and we want you to know our thoughts, hugs, and prayers are with you and your families. Dick and Gloria Godley, Yuma.
June 20, 2013
On behalf of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, MCAS Yuma, I would like to offer my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, Joeseph.
As you may know, the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society is a private, non-profit, charitable, volunteer organization dedicated to serving Navy and Marine Corps members and their dependents, both active and retired with financial assistance in times of need. We have other non-financial programs as well that you might be interested in, ie: Visiting Nurse services.
The Society was founded in 1904 originally for the express purpose of assisting widows. We still do that and more. Please do not hesitate to call on us, we are here to help you.
I would like to take this opportunity to again offer our condolences and any assistance, financial or otherwise, to you during this difficult time. Our office is located aboard MCAS Yuma in building 645 and we are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You are more than welcome to call me if I can answer any questions (928-269-2373.) The Arizona Department of Veteran's Services might also be of assistance, in Yuma, call 726-2851.
June 20, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about the death of your Dad... My deepest sympathy to the entire Fitzgerald Family...Just know when the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, you will continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
June 20, 2013
You were a father to me as a child. I will always remember you and love you. Thank you.
June 19, 2013
To the Joseph E. Fitzgerald family, our love, thoughts and prayers are with you. You have been a great source of joy for us, and that came from the tremendous leadership of your dad/husband. It was obvious to all how much he loved you kids, by the way he quietly disciplined you, joyfully enjoyed you and consistently supported your efforts. And clearly, he was devoted to you Rosemary, as you were his life, you completed & made him whole. These treasures remain in & with you always, in that these character qualities of his,taken to heart, continue to grow in each of you for your families and friends. May the love of our Lord surround you.
June 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this loss. What a huge loss for your family. He will be remembered and loved by all.
June 19, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Joe was such a pleasure to work with, always made us laugh with his humble ways. I too will have special memories of Joe.
June 19, 2013
Our family will miss you Joe along with your loving family. You are a rock and steadfast in your devotion and deidcation to your family. All will miss you but are comforted in knowing we will see you again. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rosemary and the entire Fitzgerald family. Semper Fi!
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