Fr. Patrick D. Fitzgerald M.Afr. | Fri. 2-4 & 7-9 PM

Fr. Patrick D. Fitzgerald

  • Visitation:
    Friday, July 5, 2019
    2-4 PM & 7-9 PM
    Church of Immaculate Conception
    580 Main Street
    Westhampton Beach, NY
  • Funeral Mass:
    Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Church of the Immaculate Conception
    580 Main Street
    Westhampton Beach, NY


Biography

Born:  July 22, 1925
Died:   June 26, 2019
Age:  93

OBITUARY FOR FATHER PATRICK FITZGERALD, M. Afr.
     Father Patrick Fitzgerald, who went to his eternal reward on June 26, 2019, was born in Portsmouth, England on July 22, 1925. His father died when he was a young child and his only brother, Ted, was a second lieutenant in the British Army and killed in Normandy in 1944. He is survived by a cousin, Trish Bailey, her daughters Frances and Sarah, along with her husband, George, and three young cousins.
    Father Pat entered the Missionaries of Africa ( White Fathers) and was ordained a priest on May 31, 1951. Much of Father’s missionary activity was spent  in Africa ministering to the priests and sisters who served there. In addition, in his sixty-eight years of priesthood, Father was the rector of both a major and a minor seminary, taught Latin and English Literature, among other subjects, and worked in various parishes in the London area. Coming to the United States on and off for the past twenty years, Father Pat served in Mary Immaculate Parish in Bellport and Immaculate Conception Parish in Westhampton Beach. Father brought the Fair Trade Movement to Long Island, and was a very concerned and dedicated advocate for the unborn. As a priest in his nineties, Father picketed in front of the McDonald’s in Manorville on at least two occasions.  Father volunteered in the Palliative Care Dep’t. of Southampton Hospital , and finally, the cause of the canonization of Father Vincent Capodanno, the young Navy chaplain who was killed during the Vietnam War, was of great concern to Father Pat.
    Father will be waked in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, July 5th, 2-4 & 7-9 PM. His funeral will take place on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in Immaculate Conception Church. In lieu of flowers, Father has asked that donations be made to the following charities: the Food Pantry at Immaculate Conception Parish, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Mary Immaculate Parish, Sobornost For The World (Fair Trade), Birthright of Peconic, and the Father Vincent Capodanno Guild. Finally, it is Father Pat’s fond wish that in honor of the Portsmouth Football Team, those attending his funeral feel free to wear royal blue, the color of his beloved team.

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