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 William F.X. Fitzgerald
Born: 06/14/1928
Died: 12/21/2016
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William F.X. Fitzgerald

William F.X. Fitzgerald, “Bill,” was born and raised in Jersey City. He proudly spent 88 years living in the city he loved! He graduated from Dickinson High School in 1946 and enlisted in the US Navy the day after his graduation. He bravely served on the USS Tanager, a minesweeper, removing mines from along the western Atlantic and Caribbean. He attended night school on the GI Bill at Stevens Institute of Technology and later New Jersey Institute of Technology where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He worked as a mechanical designer for Foster Wheeler Energy Cooperation for 25 years. His favorite pastime was bowling, playing pool and reading. He was also a historian and spent countless hours at the library retrieving information about his family’s history in Jersey City and the development of the city he loved. He was also a proud Irishman and read a great deal about his ancestors and their Irish roots.
He was predeceased by siblings Thomas and Walter Fitzgerald and Geraldine Debicki.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years Clelia (nee Slaib); daughters Margaret and Elizabeth; granddaughters Hana and Heidi; brother Jack; sister Margaret Swarbrick and many nieces and nephews.
Bill will be remembered as a great man with a big heart who was modest, humble, quiet, patient, kind and loving, a true gentleman from the Greatest Generation!   
The wake will be at McLaughlin Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm.  Relatives and friends are asked to assemble for the mass on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 10:30am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project would be greatly appreciated. Wounded Warrior Project,P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516

 
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Mr. Fitzgerald always had a warm smile and kind word for everyone. He loved his family very much. I had the privilege of working with his daughter, Elizabeth and meeting his loving wife. I'm deeply saddened by your lost.
Jean Carter
You have in many ways impacted the life of my son Al, and it is an honor for you to be his father-in-law. Rest in Peace Bill and May our Almighty Lord Jesus Christ raise you in his Glory.
Adelino Pujals
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