North Grosvenordale – John M. Fitzgerald, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, September 15, 2017, in Day Kimball Hospital. He was the loving husband of Renée (Bast) Fitzgerald for 28 years. Born in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late James & Florence (Marshall) Fitzgerald.
John worked as a tool & form grinder for Spirol International for 38 years. He graduated St Mary School in East Hartford and served as an altar boy in St. Mary Church. He served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War. Although he failed music class in school, John taught himself how to read music and play the steel guitar and Dobro. His love of music helped foster many great friendships. He was a member of the New England Country Music Club and played in several local country music bands. He used his musical talent to help raise money for many great causes.
He loved spending time with his family and friends having meaningful conversations, good food and good laughs. He enjoyed quiet times on his deck watching nature around him with his wife Renée and dog Bella. He also was interested in Astronomy, History and Aircraft.
In addition to his wife, John is survived by his daughters, Tena Rockatansky and her husband Max of Sterling, CT and Jeannine Fournier and her husband Joe of Bellingham, MA; his sister Dorothy Pedneault and her husband Gerry of East Hampton, CT; five grandchildren, Jesse, Seth, Jaydine, Sarena and Linzy; two great grandchildren, Liam & Olivia; several nieces; nephews; and his beloved dog Bella.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with John ‘s family from 5:00 to 8:00pm on, Wednesday September 20, 2017 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. The funeral will assemble at 9:00 am on Thursday September 21, 2017, at the funeral home followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 am in the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will follow in West Thompson Cemetery. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.