John Henry Fitzgerald, 91, passed peacefully at his home in Palm Coast, Florida on May 18, 2013 with his much-loved wife Madeline by his side. Mr. Fitzgerald was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on August 9, 1921. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII. Mr. Fitzgerald and his wife both enjoyed an adventurous spirit each becoming private pilots with Mr. Fitzgerald having an extensive career as an Air Traffic Controller at Kennedy Airport for 35 years.
Mr. Fitzgerald was a pioneer in Radar Installations throughout the country and is recognized by the Smithsonian Institute in this field.
After raising a family in Syosset, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald retired to Sag Harbor where they were active members of the community for over 30 years. Locally, he was known for his 10 years of competing in triathlons, winning for his age group in every race.
“John’s quick wit and gregarious personality will be deeply missed by friends and family alike,” said the family.
Mr. Fitzgerald is survived by his loving wife, Madeline, sons Jeffrey, Lawrence, Edmund, Christopher, Matthew, daughters Mary and Amy and grand dog Winston.