Jerry Francis FitzGerald

Jerry Francis FitzGerald, 78, of Pawley's Island, S.C., passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014.

He was born in Pittsburgh. On June 29, 1958, he married his wife, Betty, in Athens, N.Y.

Jerry is survived by his son, Frank FitzGerald (and wife, Susan), daughter, Ann FitzGerald, and son, Jim FitzGerald (and wife, Sandra); sister, Patricia McGuire (and husband, Richard), brother, Jack (and wife, Eva) and brother, Dick (and wife Joanne); and two grandchildren, Dan and Kate.

Jerry was a loving and generous father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Betty FitzGerald, and his wife of 49 years, Betty.

Jerry was graduated from Kingston High School in 1953, from Boston University in 1957 and completed an advanced degree at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

He loved sports, and played baseball, basketball and Division 1 football. He taught and coached at New Britain High School, Conn., moved to Tolland and became football coach and principal at Rockville High School for many years, retiring in 1992. Jerry also cherished the camaraderie and competition of golf.

A special thank you to the Grand Strand Medical Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit for their loving care and support.

Services will be held at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Pawleys Island, S.C., at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Donations in Jerry's memory may be made to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

An online guestbook is available at

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

Funeral Home

Goldfinch Funeral Home Pawleys Chapel
2 Hinnant Ln Pawleys Island, SC 29585
(843) 237-1336

Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 5, 2014