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Bernard P. Fitzgerald

1929 - 2014 BRATTLEBORO Bernard Powers Fitzgerald, 84, of Tempe, Ariz., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his children, on May 1, 2014. Born on July 4, 1929, in Cohoes, N.Y., Bernard was the patriarch of a loving family, an educator, and a faithful servant to his country and his Catholic faith. Educated early at the Christian Brother Military Academy in Cohoes, he went on to distinguish himself in his studies at Siena College in Albany, N.Y., and at the University of Georgia where he graduated magna cum laude and was privileged to receive that diploma from, then, Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Between 1950 and 1954, Bernard proudly served his country in the United States Navy within the Naval Supply Corps. During this time, he was stationed in Athens, Ga., where he met and married the love of his life, Gladys Reed, on Aug. 8, 1954. The couple moved to Brattleboro, Vt. in 1958 where they raised their family of eight children. Bernard taught at Brattleboro Union High School and served as principal of Green Street School. He was also co-owner of Central Answering Service in Brattleboro. In 1978, the family relocated to Tempe, Arizona. Bernard is survived by his children, Thomas Fitzgerald (Barbara) of Williamsburg, Va., Bernadette Jewett (Joe) of Brattleboro, Patricia Speno (Luke) of Newport News, Va., Michael Fitzgerald (Lisa) of West Chesterfield, N.H., Brian Fitzgerald (Kathi) of Chesapeake, Va., Kevin Fitzgerald of Tempe, Ariz., Jane Johnson (Tim) of Chandler, Ariz., and David Fitzgerald (Wanda) of Newport News, Va. He was revered by his twenty-eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Gladys, and grandsons, Andrew Jewett and Scott Fitzgerald, whom he now joins in heaven. Although Bernard will be missed by many, the family particularly appreciates the support and unwavering devotion of dear friends Ron Auerbach and his family, and Marta Waggoner, all of Tempe. An exuberant and master story-teller, Bernard loved to share his passion for history, music, movies, politics, his Irish heritage, and Notre Dame football. Bernard and his wife, Gladys, were charter members of the New England Patriots Fan Club of Arizona. Bernard was proud to be a member of America's "greatest generation," and he exemplified all of its best qualities. A devoted parishioner and lector at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe, Bernard authored a prayer book to assist the Friends of St. Peregrine. The booklet is distributed for the benefit of the sick for their comfort and spiritual healing. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service to celebrate Bernard's life and legacy will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Friday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bernard's name to the Friends of St. Peregrine, 4760 E. Pearce Road, Phoenix, Arizona, 85044-1155. In commemoration of their 60th wedding anniversary, interment for Bernard and Gladys will take place in August 2014, at St. Michael's Cemetery, in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on May 6, 2014
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