Lt Col (USAF, Ret) Harold Robert "Fitz" Fitzgerald
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Sept. 6, 1925 - July 19, 2012
Fitz passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on July 19, 2012. He was born on Sept. 6, 1925, in Somerville, MA., to Harold and Gertrude Fitzgerald. He was the oldest of their five children; three boys and two girls.
Fitz joined the Air Force just days after his 18th birthday and served his country proudly in the Air Force for almost 30 years. He served in World II, the Korean War and in Vietnam. He was awarded various distinguished service medals during his career, including the Bronze Star. His active duty bases included Randolph AFB in Texas, Mather and Travis AFB's in CA., Hickam AFB in Hawaii, and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
Upon his retirement he and his family returned to Vacaville and he went to work for J.C. Penney for the next 10 years. He and his wife, Alice, were enthusiastic participants in men's, women's and couples bowling leagues and they loved hosting parties in their home for their many friends. Fitz was a Master Gardener who dearly loved spending time in his garden tending his beautiful flowers and assortment of vegetables.
Fitz was predeceased in death by his wife of 62 years, Alice. He is survived by daughters, Kathleen "Kat" and Patty Ann (Art Jensen); son, Bob (Linda); granddaughters, Dana Lynn and Jennifer; great granddaughters, Bridget and Kimber, and his sister, Marie Izzo of Tewksbury, MA.
A Catholic Prayer Service will be held on Thursday,10 a.m., in the Chapel of Nadeau Family Funeral Home with Father Freddie Gocur of Saint Mary's Catholic Church officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Sacramento Valley National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45290-0301 or DAV.org. Visit our guest book at www.nadeaufuneralhome.com
Published in The Reporter on July 24, 2012