Edward FitzGerald
1924 - 2020
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Edward Raymond FitzGerald passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at the age of 96. He was born May 21, 1924 in Santa Ynez, California to Frank and Ida FitzGerald, the 7th if their 8 sons. He graduated from Santa Ynez High School and attended St Mary's College before being drafted and serving in the army during WWII. Eddy started his career in professional baseball in 1946 playing for the Sacramento Solons in 1947. He entered the major league as a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1948. He also played for the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, and was a coach for the Kansas City A's and Minnesota Twins. Ed retired from baseball in 1967. He worked for the State of California Office of State Printing until his retirement in 1985. Eddy married Betty Ann Riedel October 11, 1947 in Sacramento and they had 6 children. After Betty Ann's death he married Verda Cerniglia. Ed was preceded in death by both of his wives; his son Stephen; daughter Diane Bakes; and grandson Jason Ball. He is survived by his children: Nancy (Dave) Waterman; Linda, Tim (Gina), Jeffrey FitzGerald; son-in-law Ken Bakes; 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Private services will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Citrus Heights, California.

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Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jul. 8, 2020.
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July 12, 2020
I am one of Ed's nephews. My dad was the 6th boy in the family and Ed was the 7th of 8. They were close throughout their lives and needless to say, we were close to Ed. He always had a smile and a story. I was proud to call him my uncle and will always miss him. He was the last of the 8 FitzGerald boys and an era has come to an end. RIP Ed and thanks for being there!
Pat FitzGerald
Family
July 11, 2020
I met Mr. FitzGerald at St. Philomene Church forty plus years ago. My father introduced a young kid who played baseball to a former professional catcher. Mr. FitzGerald was very big and I recall his hands were huge. He was very a very nice man. God bless!
Jim Durkin
Acquaintance
July 8, 2020
Papa Eddie was an amazing, loving, funny Step Father to me since 1985. He Married my Momma, Verda❤ He is missed dearly everyday❤ He loved my Family very much, I love you so much Papa. Love, Katrina
July 8, 2020
Such a kind, loving and funny man he was. He loved his family so muh and I will forever cherish the memories I have. I love and miss you grandpa.
Julia Anderson
Grandchild
July 8, 2020
He was such a wonderful, caring and funny man. He loved his family so much and I will never forget him. Love you grandpa.
Julia Anderson
Grandchild
July 8, 2020
saw him play at Edmonds Field in Sacramento,,, No one left on sports staff that knew him..probably Cuno Barragan (Cub catcher) OR Chado Vasquez.. a great catcher--RIP Tony Damiani'
kathleen Damiani
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