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William Francis Fitzgerald


1925 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
William Francis Fitzgerald Obituary
William Francis Fitzgerald passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on August 8, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Jean; his sons, Bill, Gordon, Jim; and daughter, Elaine Burris. Bill was born in Somerville, MA on May 20, 1925. It was here that he met and married the love of his life Jean Elaine MacKay. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the US First Army's 7th Corp, 4th Division, 12th infantry regiment (IVY), 3rd Battalion, Company 1 which landed on Utah Beach. His unit fought through the "Hedge Rows", the Hurtgen Forrest, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Battle of the Bulge. He was selected to fight along with the French resistance in the liberation of Paris and received a Medal of Valor from the French. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, battle field ribbons and marksman ranking. After the war, he graduated from Boston University with a degree in Geology. His work with the US Geological Survey took him all around the eastern US. He worked for the CIA before relocating to Southern California's TRW, where he retired after too many stop lights keeping him from getting to work on time. Bill was an avid runner with the Masters and seniors track clubs. He set numerous Worlds, National and State records for his age group; 40s through 50s. In 2001, he was inducted in the USATF Masters Hall of Fame. Bill was above all, a family man who took pride in his granddaughters, Elaine, Jennifer, Megan, and Stephanie; his grandsons, Jimmy, Michael and Robert; his great-granddaughter, Emalyn and great-grandson Alex. He is also survived by his sister, Gerry Cahill; brothers-in-law, Frank Cahill and Donald MacKay; sister-in-law, Ruth MacKay; and nephews and nieces, too many to mention, that adored his irreverent personality. Services will be held Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 11am at Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 10, 2011
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