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Lifelong Norwalk native Brian Anthony Fitzgerald passed away quietly at his home on Saturday morning, August 7, 2010.  Brian died at the age of 62 after a two and a half year battle with the disease Amyotrophic  Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  Brian is survived by Gay, his loving wife of 40 years; his five children, Mark, Kareyann, Melissa, Colleen, and John, and their spouses Christine, Matt, Juan, Jeremiah, and Stephanie.   Brian had eight grandchildren, Brianna, James, Dan, Alyssa, Caroline, Katie, Caellum, and Makaleigh, and was one of seven children himself.  Brian was born in Norwalk to Vera Daly and John Fitzgerald.   He grew up in Norwalk with his brothers John, Eugene, Kevin, and Owen and with his sisters Dolores and Mary.  He married Gay Arlene Lawson, also of Norwalk, on September 6th, 1969.  If you lived in Norwalk, or any of the surrounding towns in the past 30 years, you knew Brian or a member of his family through work, school, or sports.  If you had the privilege of actually knowing Brian, then you knew that his family and friends were the most important part of his life.   He was involved in countless organizations in Fairfield County and was often the “man behind the scenes.”  However, as private as he was, he was never afraid to stand up for what he believed in or to help those who could not stand up for themselves.  Over the past two and a half years, Brian has had his story published in newspapers and has been honored by various companies and organizations around the county so you probably already know his story.  He lived a wonderful life and affected so many people.  He passed peacefully from this earth in the comfort of his own home with the close support of his friends and family.   He wanted nothing more than for everyone to celebrate his life rather than mourn his death.

Mr. Fitz.   Coach Fitz.   Brian.  Dad.  Grandpa.  These are just some of the names that he went by in his 62 years of giving and caring to everyone he met and everything in which he was involved.  Growing up in Norwalk, going to Saint Mary's Catholic School, and going to Central Catholic High School, Brian was always involved in sports.  From football, to basketball, to baseball, to golf, he always wanting to play, coach, or watch sports whenever he could.  He was most involved with sports when it came to his own family.  Brian coached both his sons in the Cranbury Baseball Program and also helped coach his sons and daughters at Saint Philip's Catholic School, Central Catholic High School, Norwalk High School, and Sacred Heart Academy.  He also loved playing golf with his family at Silvermine Golf Club.  Near the end of his wonderful life, Brian had the chance to see his grandchildren play and enjoy sports the way he did.  There was no doubt that Brian believed that sports were an important part of his life, but that is not where Brian stopped.  He always supported the community and the church.

As an accountant and member of the Connecticut Taxpayers Association, Brian helped several businesses and people alike solve their problems one tax return and one payroll at a time.  While this may not seem like much, it was one of two additional jobs he did on top of his normal nine to five job in order to provide for his family.  He also loved helping the people he worked with.   His other secondary job was serving on the board of directors at Patriot National Bank from 2005 right up until the end of 2009.   He is possibly most known for his work for the First District Water Department, first as a commissioner and then as a general manager.  He eventually left the department to pursue other interests and found himself at Villa Maria in Stamford in 2001.   He stayed with Villa Maria from December 2001 to December 2008.   It is fitting that this was where he spent his last days working as he gave more to Villa Maria than anyone could have asked for.   In return, he received the continued respect and appreciation that had so defined his life.  A few of the other organizations that Brian contributed to over the years include:  the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the Catholic Club of Fairfield County, the Cranbury Community Chapel Association, the Laurel Athletic Club, the Norwalk Public School Mentor Program, Saint Mary's Church, Saint Phillip's Church, Saint Thomas' Church in Norwalk, and Saint Vincent de Paul.  While not possible to fully understand who a person is or what he stood for by reading about him, there is no shortage of memories and stories about Brian.  If you have never met Brian then just ask someone who knew him and you will see what so many people already know.

The most important part to remember about Brian is that he was an example of how to live life.   He worked hard, loved with all his heart, enjoyed his family and friends, and, in the end, had no regrets about anything.   I will end with this quote that exemplifies everything about our father Brian Fitzgerald.

“He didn''t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”

Clarence Budington Kelland

Funeral Arrangements

There will be a mass for Brian at Saint Thomas Catholic Church in Norwalk on Tuesday at 3:00 PM, but there will be no wake per Brian's wishes.   It is also Brian's request that family and friends do not send flowers.   In lieu of flowers, Brian asks that family and friends donate to any of the following organizations:  Central Catholic Alumni Scholarship Fund, Saint Vincent de Paul Society at Saint Thomas Catholic Church, or Villa Maria Education Center in Stamford.   Following the mass at Saint Thomas, all are welcome to join the family to celebrate Brian at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824, at 4:30 PM.  A private burial will be on a later date as arranged by the family.  

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Published in The Hour on Aug. 9, 2010.
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August 23, 2010
I worked with Brian's son, Mark, a few years at the City of Norwalk. My condolences go out to your family.
With sympathy,
Drew Berndlmaier
August 12, 2010
Mary and Family,
We're so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Donna and Tom Seraphin
August 11, 2010
Mark, Christine and the entire Fitzgerald family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. We hope your wonderful memories of him help you get through this sad time.
Richard & MaryAnne Cristodero, Mia, Luke & Ava
Mary Anne & Richard Cristodero
August 10, 2010
Our condolences to the all of the family. Brian was a great friend early in my life and he will be missed.

With sympathy,
Bob and Helen Cuddy
Bob Cuddy
August 10, 2010
Dear Karey and the Fitzgerald Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

With love...
Margaret Sawyer
August 10, 2010
It was my honor to have worked with Brian at Villa Maria. He has made such an impact on our little school. He will be missed. My prayers are with the entire Fitzgerald family.
Amy Collins
August 10, 2010
Melissa so sorry to hear about you father. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Lisa and Tito Liceaga
August 10, 2010
I am very honored and blessed to have known Mr Fitz - a truly amazing person who exemplifies a true dedication to family, work and community. Mr Fitz will be greatly missed!!
Tara Pagano
August 10, 2010
I am very sad to learn about Brian's passing. I have known the Fitzgerald's for twenty years and you couldn't meet a more fun loving and kind family if you wanted to. I am also fortunate to work for the Laurel Athletic Club and spent a lot of time with Brian when he was the treasurer there. He often came in with his wife and Grandchildren for dinner and you saw how much he loved them and loved life in general. My heart goes out to the Fitzgerald family. Brian was a great man and I will miss him dearly.
Steve Mirek
August 10, 2010
I am so saddened to hear about Brian. He was a wonderful man. Brian helped me so much at the Laurels club. We will keep him and his family in our prayers.

Frank and Beth Tatto

Frank and Beth Tatto
Frank Tatto
August 10, 2010
While I did not have the honor of knowing Brian personally, I have grown to know him through his son Mark and his wonderful family over the past few years working together. The Fitzgerald family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
August 10, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Fitzgeralds. It is clear that Mr. Fitzgerald passed on his love of life and family to his children and grandchildren. God bless all of you.
Eric and Tracy Darmofal
August 10, 2010
Dear Gay and Family,
So very sorry to hear of Brian`s passing, know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 9, 2010
God Bless and Keep You in his safe keeping, until we all meet again, you will be in my prayers. May God watch over your family and give them the strength and the peace of his love. Love Cousin Lorelei, Chris and families.
Lorelei Johnson
August 9, 2010
We will miss you and treasure those years
and all the good times at Uncle Bill's in West Norwalk with family and friends.
God Bless and Keep You. Gay our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Cousin Johnny and Aunt Irene (Torok)
Johnny Torok
August 9, 2010
To Gay and all of the Fitzgerald Children. When I read of the passing of your Brian I became overcome. It is not often that someone touches your life in such a positive way and asks for absolutely nothing in return. I was always amazed at the obvious love Brian had for you Gay and for all of his children. I don't think he ever missed a ball game that any of you participated in if he could help it. Brian was a good man, kind, fair and a good friend. I know the family has been through alot in the last two and one half years. There really are no words to say at a terrible time like this. You are blessed with a large loving family and that will see you through. Maybe today Brian is walking tall in God's kingdom in a place where there is no more suffering and no more pain.
Stephen Hill
August 9, 2010
Dear Gay and family - Working with Brian as auditor of the First Taxing District was both a priviledge and a pleasure. A great man who gave 110% with a genuine smile. He obviously loved his family and enjoyed life to the fullest. I believe someone like Brian doesn't truly leave this earth because he lives in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Wishing you comfort and peace,
Denise Holloway
August 9, 2010
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
August 9, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Fitzgerald family. Brian was an amazing man! I had the pleasure of experiencing his kindness, love for his family, friends, and life while working with him at Villa Maria for 7 years. May God continue to bless your family at this deeply saddened time.
Karie Provato Braca
August 9, 2010
We were so sad to hear about your loss. Although we only met him a few times, Mr. Fitz was truly a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kristel and Casey Andersen
August 9, 2010
Colleen ~ I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I hope you have great memories to look back on! Hope your heart finds peace soon. The Stumpf Family
Michele Stumpf
August 9, 2010
Gay and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Brian was a strong and thoughtful man who fought a good fight. My heart goes out to all of you. I picture him having a one on one game with Saint Peter at the pearly gates. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.
Sheila Wolfe
August 9, 2010
Very sad news, a wonderful caring man, a friend, a devoted family man. You will be missed Brian. May God bless you and your family
Don & Sherry Christopher
August 9, 2010
I have very fond memories of Mr. Fitzgerald, having been in the same class with his son since grade school and getting to know the rest of the family during those years. What an awesome family man! Very cary, involved with his children and with a pleasant smile on his face. I will always remember that smile and his gentle nature. God Bless him and the entire family at this time and always.
Judith Johnson
August 9, 2010
Our thoughts are with the entire Fitzgerald family. Mr Fitz loved and inspired everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. He will forever be missed.
Vicki and Mario DiMeglio
August 9, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Gay and your beautiful family. Brian is now resting in peace in his special place with our Lord.
Phyllis and Bill LaRusso
August 9, 2010
"Coach Fitz was a wonderful friend and coach." Our prayers are with the Fitzgerald family." I will miss you Brian and you will always be in my heart.

" Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground."

Psalm 143:10

Goodbye my Friend!
August 9, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers go to your family, we'll miss you always, my thoughts always take us back to Boston and our best road trip you always, Lucy and Marty Brown
August 9, 2010
I wish I could be there to help honor his life and give my support to the family. Know that I am there in spirit. Keep each other close, family is what will help you get through this loss. My heart goes out to you all. Brian was an incredible man, I am thankful and feel blessed for knowing him.
Lisa Tingets
August 9, 2010
What a beautiful testimony to a life well lived.

I did not have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Fitzgerald, but I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn what an incredible man he was through knowing the amazing daughter he raised..

May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Rebecca Toon
August 9, 2010
The loss of Mr Fitz will be a great one. He was a wonderful, kind man. Loving husband, brother, father, grandfather. It was an honor to know him. He will be missed dearly.
Roch, Marci, Alexa Chiappetta
August 9, 2010
Sad news. May God give you comfort.
Jane Ginter Russo
August 9, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Fitz's entire family. He was a wonderful man and had a great family. His legacy will live on but he will be dearly missed.
Brian & Trina Muro
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