Jerry Francis FitzGerald, 78, of Pawley's Island, S.C., passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
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He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. 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, Pa., in 1953, from Boston University in 1957, and completed an advanced degree at the University of Connecticut. He loved sports, and played baseball, basketball, and Division 1 football. He taught and coached at New Britain High School, 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 its loving care and support.
Services will be held at Goldfinch Funeral Home in Pawleys Island on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 11 a.m.
Donations in Jerry's memory may be made to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
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Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Goldfinch Funeral Home Pawleys Chapel
2 Hinnant Ln
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 5 to Mar. 9, 2014