Larry Fitzgerald was born July 9, 1946 to William and Laura Fitzgerald in Alton, Ill. Surrounded by his loved ones with his wife in his arms, he passed on July 8, 2018 in Mesa, AZ.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Lynn Fitzgerald; His children, Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Brandi Fitzgerald, and daughter Rene Fitzgerald. He has eight grandchildren: Bree, Jake, Ryelle, Cody, Justin, Reign, Caden and Renascent. Larry has two Great-grandsons: Jaiden and Urijah.
Larry is survived by his siblings: Chuck, Pat, Karen and Keith. Proceeded in death by his brother, Bill.
Larry led a full life. He served for the US Navy on the USS Roosevelt during the Vietnam War where he was recognized and awarded for his heroic act of service in the extinguishing of an onboard ship fire that claimed eight lives.
Following Larry’s discharge from the Navy, he became an air traffic controller. Thirteen years later, he retired from the FAA in Indiana where he then began his career in construction. In 1980, he moved to Arizona with his family, to continue his work in construction as well as real estate. He attended college and received a degree in Electronic Technology. Larry’s next career move in 1984 was to purchase and start up the current family business: Cliff’s Welding in Mesa, AZ. Larry retired from Cliff’s Welding in 2000.
The last 18 years of Larry’s life was spent reaping the rewards from a hard working life. Lynn and Larry got to enjoy watching their grandchildren grow up and attended most family events. They traveled to visit extended family and friends, taking their time along the drive to stop and enjoy themselves at the casino, golf course or fishing hole. Larry was a fisherman at heart.
For Larry’s Celebration Of Life, please send a personal handwritten note (or email), pictures, or story of any special experiences you may have had with Larry (send and share ‘memories’ of Larry instead of flowers please).
There will be a basket to leave the letters and photos in at the funeral home or you may send them directly to the family to gather together to create a special “Book of Memories” written personally by his friends, family and coworkers.
Also, Larry did not want a sad event as a way to remember him. He wanted a more nostalgic atmosphere with friends and family gathered to share stories about the life and adventures he got to experience. So at the service, there will be an opportunity for any and all friends and family to get up and share a story or memory about Larry.