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Gainesville - James Vincent Fitzpatrick, Jr., 86, a native of Chicago and long-time resident of Gainesville, died April 5, 2014. He was born March 25, 1928. A loving husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Marilyn Andrews Fitzpatrick, daughters Heather Fitzpatrick Medlin (Richard) and Hillary Fitzpatrick Randolph (Somers), son James Vincent Fitzpatrick III, and granddaughter, Coco Randolph.

After earning his Masters Degree in Engineering, he enlisted in the Army at the outset of the Korean War. Upon completing his tenure in the Army he returned to Chicago to work as a Commissioner under Mayor Richard M. Daley, where he was a pioneer in the air pollution industry. He then went on to earn his Masters Degree in Business Administration and formed his own company, Environmental Analysts. Throughout his career he earned many distinctions and awards.

Jim was a fervent Catholic throughout his life. He loved the water and was a master sailor and skilled boatsman who enjoyed sharing the sea life with his family. He was a man who knew no strangers. He loved a good story and was a good storyteller in his own right. Fond of reminiscing over a lifetime of fascinating experiences, he was always one to throw in a good Latin quote. We'll miss you Jim, Illegitimi non carborundum.

A memorial service will be held for Mr. James Fitzpatrick on Saturday, June 14, at Holy Faith Catholic Church at 9:00a.m.

Published in Gainesville Sun from May 18 to May 19, 2014
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