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Edward Richard Fitzgibbons, of 6 Birchwood Terrace, Groveland, died Monday, May 22, 2017, at home in the care of hospice and his family, after a short illness at 94 years of age.
Ed was born February 28, 1923 in Ft. Johnson, N,Y,, to the late Joseph Fitzgibbons and Frances (Spanfelner) Fitzgibbons. He formerly lived in Schenectady, N.Y. for 5 years, then Vestal, N.Y. for 13 years, followed by Boxford for 46 years. His last years were spent with his son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Diane Fitzgibbons of Groveland. Ed grew up in Amsterdam, N.Y. and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, graduating Valedictorian of his high school class. He attended Bentley College in Boston for one year before being drafted into the Army during WWII. After boot camp, the army sent him to Texas A&M for a semester studying engineering, before shipping him out to the European Theatre as a mortar man. He earned the Purple Heart. Upon discharge on April Fool’s Day 1946, he made immediate plans to marry the love of his life. That fall he returned to Bentley with his bride and finished his second year earning his Associate degree in Accounting. Upon graduation Edward gained employment as an accountant with General Electric until his retirement 38 years later in 1985. In 1950, he wrote the entire GE Annual Financial Report, that included computing the published earnings per share for the fiscal year. A true gentleman, greeting people with grace and respect all his life, he was a dedicated man of faith, loyal to his family, and loved his home life. He was an avid reader, liked to study history and geography, and enjoyed doing crosswords in pen. He was a golf fan and watched the Patriots. Ed was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, the late Frances (Pollock) Fitzgibbons. He is survived by his son, Paul Fitzgibbons and his wife, Diane; his daughter, Veda (Fitzgibbons) Connolly and her Husband, George; as well as five grandchildren, Michael Fitzgibbons and his wife, Caroline; Brian Fitzgibbons, Joseph Fitzgibbons, Patrick Connolly, Kathleen (Katie Connolly) Goss and her husband, Timothy; three great grandchildren, Gabriella, Annette, and Maya Fitzgibbons and many nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by his siblings, Joseph, Robert and Margaret Fitzgibbons. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Laura Fitzgibbons, and his daughter-in-law, Cellina Fitzgibbons.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Graveside Service with Military Honors on Saturday, May 27th at 11 a.m. in the Harmony Cemetery, Central Street, Georgetown. All are also welcome to join the family on Saturday at 2 p.m. for his Memorial Service which will be celebrated in the Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Conte-Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown. For those who wish, In lieu of flowers the family requests you send donations in memory of Edward Fitzgibbons, to the Esperanza Academy for Girls, 198 Garden Street Lawrence MA 01840. Or Common Ground Ministries, mailing address 6 Birchwood Terrace Groveland MA 01834, where his son Paul is the Treasurer. Both are recognized IRS (501) (c) (3) non-profits Edward financially supported. For funeral home directions, florists or accommodations, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com.
Published on  May 25, 2017
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