Richard Shawn Fitzpatrick, 31, Inverness, died at home Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, following an extended illness. Shawn was born in Inverness, Fla., Feb. 13, 1981, to Richard "Spike" and Nancy Blake Fitzpatrick and had been a lifetime resident of Citrus County. He graduated from Citrus High School, the University of Florida and attained his law degree from Stetson University. Shawn began to practice law in 2007 at the law offices of Fitzpatrick & Fitzpatrick, a firm founded by his grandfather Charles B. Fitzpatrick and later owned by his late father Richard "Spike" Fitzpatrick. He was an avid Gator fan, enjoyed sports, and dedicated his life to his family and profession. His affiliations include Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Citrus Memorial Advisory Board, Citrus County Fair Association, Hospice of Citrus County Board, Citrus County Bar Association and Gator Booster Club.
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Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Brittany A. Fitzpatrick; his mother, Nancy Blake Fitzpatrick; his grandmother, Dorothy Fitzpatrick; brother and sisters Brian B.R. Fitzpatrick, Megan T. Fitzpatrick, Molly K. Fitzpatrick and Katherine Fitzpatrick Stephenson and husband Trent, and their son Carter, of St. Petersburg. Other family members include his uncles, Mike (Brenda) Fitzpatrick and Pat (Laura Lou) Fitzpatrick; many cousins, including Michael (Katie) Fitzpatrick and their son Connor; dear family friends Barbie, Brady, Cody, Austin, Garrett and Carly Bogart. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard "Spike" Fitzpatrick, on March 20, 2006; his uncles Kevin and Timmy Fitzpatrick; paternal grandfather Charles B. Fitzpatrick; and maternal grandparents Walter and Harriett Blake.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Oct. 25, 2012