Dan FitzGerald of Raleigh died on Wednesday evening November 12, 2014. Born in Albany, NY, on April of 1931. Son of Daniel L. FitzGerald and Marie McShane FitzGerald. Survived by wife, Margretta Fanning FitzGerald. Father of six children: Maureen, Kathryn, Amy, Dan, Neil and Tim; grandchildren: Tim and Lindsay, Los Angeles, CA, Caitlin and Charlie Burns, NY, and William FitzGerald, Raleigh, NC. Also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Ellingwood of Nanuet, NY, and brother, Gerald FitzGerald of New Fairfield, CT. Predeceased by his sister, MaryClare FitzGerald Goss, of Jacksonville, FL.
Dan graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan. He earned his journalism degree at Fordham, followed by an MBA in Marketing Management at St. John's. After military service in the US Army Counter-intelligence Corps, he built a marketing communications career, retiring as an executive with Metropolitan Life in New York City. He taught Advertising and Marketing Management at three NY colleges, coached high school level basketball in Queens, NY and played tennis in NY State tournaments for more than a decade.
Dan and Margretta moved to Raleigh in 1991, where he wrote and published six novels, dozens of short stories and a variety of magazine articles. In Raleigh, he earned the designation silver life master at duplicate bridge. A painter specializing in oil portraits, Dan was an active member and officer of several Raleigh painting groups.
Funeral services will be held at St. Raphael the Archangel R.C. Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 1pm with a visitation one hour prior. Interment at the St. Raphael Church Columbarium.
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