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Asheville - Thomas George Fitzpatrick died Wednesday morning, May 21, 2014 at the VA hospice of multiple myeloma. He had bravely met the challenges of Parkinson's Disease for over 20 years. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1933, the sixth of nine children of James Henry and Lillian Schultz Fitzpatrick, he entered the US Navy at age 17 and retired as a Commander after 31 years of service. He obtained an accounting degree from UNC-Asheville and worked for the City of Asheville for five years. A resident of Asheville for 37 years, he was active in various civic and charitable organizations.
His survivors include Pat, his wife of 55 years; sons, Kevin (Evangeline) and Shawn; daughters, Wanda (Ed) and Merry; grandchildren, Jonathon, Michael, Ashley, Alex, Darby, Mikah and Noël; three sisters and two brothers.
The family wishes to acknowledge the care and caring shown by CarePartners Adult Daycare and the veterans hospital and hospice in Oteen (Dr. Morgenstern in particular).
A graveside service will be held 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with Chaplain C. Garland Vance officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Monday, May 26, 2014 at Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to CarePartners Adult Daycare, 68A Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803, Children First, 50 S. French Broad Avenue, Suite, 246, Asheville, NC 28801 or the organization of your choice.
Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com
Morris Funeral Home
304 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from May 23 to May 25, 2014