James E. "Jef" Fitzgerald, Sr., 70, of Emmitsburg, MD died Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Gettysburg Hospital Center in Gettysburg, PA.|
Born April 9, 1942 in Gettysburg, he was the son of the late Frank and Julia (Topper) Fitzgerald. He was the wife of Beverly Kelly Fitzgerald, to whom he was married for 49 years.
Jef was a graduate of St. Joseph High School, class of 1960 and attended Mount Saint Mary's University. He was a construction engineer and part owner of Frederick Contractors. He was a life member of Vigilant Hose Company,servingthe community of Emmitsburg for over 55 years. Jef held the position of president at the fire company 9 times. He was also a past-president of the Frederick County Fireman's Association. He loved spending time with his family, friends and his two golden retrievers, Hank and Belle. He also enjoyed keeping records on the family genealogy.
Surviving in addition to his wife are sons James E. Jr. and Kevin J. Fitzgerald of Emmitsburg, MD; sisters, Peg Arcidiacono and husband, Tom, of Hagerstown, Elizabeth Garner of Emmitsburg, Josephine O'Rourke and husband, Ed, of Augusta, GA, and Anna Jeanne Virbal and husband, Paul, ofDelmont, PA; brother-in-law, Hugh Rocks of Berwyn, PA; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Patricia Rocks and Dorothy Coleman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday, January 14, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 47 DePaul St., Emmitsburg, MD, with the Rev. Charles F. Krieg, C.M. serving as
celebrant. Interment will follow at New St. Joseph Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, January 13, 2013, 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 210 West Main St, Emmitsburg, MD.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vigilant Hose Company, PO Box 171, Emmitsburg, MD, 21727. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.myersdurborawfh.com
Published Online in www.fredericknewspost.com on Jan. 12, 2013