East Liverpool Review
Thursday, May 30, 2013
EAST LIVERPOOL – Longtime business executive and friend to all, Robert C. Fitzgerald Sr., passed away at the age of 76 at Kindred Hospital in Oakdale, Pa., on Tuesday evening, May 28, 2013.
He was born on April 29, 1937, in Cleveland, a son of the late John and Grace Carroll Fitzgerald. A 1955 graduate of Cathedral Latin High School, he was a member of the football team and selected to First Team All Ohio his senior year. Bob would later be inducted into the Hall of Fame there. Following high school, he furthered his education at John Carroll University, where he was a member of the football team until his graduation in 1961; he also received recognition in the John Carroll University Hall of Fame as well, and remained a loyal alumnus. Bob belonged to the ROTC program at John Carroll, then went on to serve his country with the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963.
Until his retirement in 1992, he had been manager at Mobil Chemical Trucking, and had also been high school golf coach at Southern Local and East Palestine High Schools in recent years. A lay member of the Grievance Committee for the Columbiana County Bar Association, Bob was an athlete and sports fan for all time.
A member of Holy Trinity Parish, Bob had served on the Finance Committee, and was also a familiar face at many other area functions as a consummate community booster. He belonged to the East Liverpool Country Club at one time and enjoyed his friendships on and off the golf course.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Suzanne Fitzgerald, at home. The couple married April 29, 1961.
Bob is also survived by a daughter, Anne Fitzgerald, of East Liverpool; two sons, Robert C. Fitzgerald Jr., and his wife, Michelle, of Carmel, Ind., and Daniel B. Fitzgerald and his wife, Kathlene, of Drexel Hill, Pa. There are three beloved grandchildren, Brennan Fitzgerald, Jacob Fitzgerald and Mason Fitzgerald; as well as two sisters: Joanne Fitzmaurice and her husband, Robert, of Clearfield, Pa., and Mary Grace Sanders and her husband, Calvin, of Macungie, Pa. A brother, Jack Fitzgerald and his companion, Lila, of Mentor, Ohio, also survives, along with a sister-in-law, Joan Stoner, of Canfield. In addition, he will be remembered by his many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by a brother, James Fitzgerald.
Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home, 215 West Fifth St., East Liverpool, on Thursday, where the family will be present from 3-6 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be observed at noon Friday, with Father Peter Haladej of Holy Trinity Parish as the celebrant. Burial will take place at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon on Saturday.
Those wishing to make a memorial gift in Bob’s name may send contributions to St. Aloysius School, 517 Monroe St., East Liverpool, OH 43920, or to a charity of choice.
View Bob’s memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at http://www.dawsonfuneralhome.com
Contributed by Jackson Edward Wilson