PINEVILLE, N.C. - John Rockwell Fitzgerald, 82, most recently of the Laurels Retirement Community, passed away on Sunday, March 30 in Pineville, N.C.
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Born June 15, 1931, in Salamanca, N.Y., he was the son of the late Raymond and Mary Fitzgerald, also of Salamanca.
He graduated from Salamanca High School in 1949, and received a degree in economics from Villanova University in 1953. John was an officer in the United States Army, serving from 1953 until 1962. After resigning his commission, John worked in a variety of rolls in the travel and tourism industry. Upon his retirement he took up residence at the Paddock Apartments, Fort Mill, and was an active participant in the parish of St. Philip Neri.
John is survived by a sister, Marjorie McKenzie of Winchester, Va.; a son, John Fitzgerald and wife Mary of Fort Mill, S.C.; and a daughter, Connie Whitcomb and husband Larry, of Great Valley N.Y. John enjoyed the blessings of five grandchildren, Christopher Whitcomb of Buffalo N.Y., Meghan Emborsky and husband Rudin of Coudersport, Pa., Miranda Fitzgerald of Fort Mill, Meggan Morrison and husband George of Allentown Pa., and Morgan DuBose and husband Cam of Hartsville S.C. His life was also filled with the joy of six great grandchildren, Lauren Emborsky of Coudersport, Logan and Gavin Marsolick of Allentown, and Shane, Mason and Blake Gainey of Hartsville S.C.
A memorial service, officiated by Father John Giuliani C.O., will be held at St. Philip Neri on Saturday, April 19th at 10:30 a.m. The family will receive guests before the service beginning at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Philip Neri Building Fund, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill SC 29708; or The Friends of the Oratory, 434 Charlotte Avenue, Rock Hill SC 29730.
Online condolences may be made at www.palmettofh.com.
The family of Mr. Fitzgerald is being served by Palmetto Funeral Home and Crematory of Fort Mill, S.C.
Palmetto Funeral Home
2049 Carolina Place Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Published in The Salamanca Press from Apr. 1 to Apr. 8, 2014