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1929 - 2017
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Obituary for John "Blackie" J. Fitzgerald

John "Blackie" J.  Fitzgerald
John J. “Blackie” Fitzgerald, 88, passed away Sun. Oct. 29, 2017. He was born July 5, 1929 in Springfield, MA to the late Maurice and Anna (Daly) Fitzgerald. John grew up in the Hungry Hill section and has lived in Agawam for over 40 years. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1948. John proudly served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. In his younger years, he peddled newspapers. He then went on to become a Compositor at the Springfield Republican before retiring in 1992. John enjoyed reading the newspaper, followed Cathedral High School sports, was an avid fan of all the Boston sports teams, a season ticket holder for the Springfield Falcons and was a longtime member of the John Boyle O’Reilly Club. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Eleanor (Nelson) Fitzgerald, his brothers, Maurice of Enfield, CT., Edward (Cele) and Francis (Barbara) of Spfld, MA, his sister Kathleen Fitzgerald of Deerfield Beach, FL., his brothers-in-law Joseph Walsh of Hampden and Harold Nelson of CT., his sisters-in-law Kathryn Louise Fitzgerald of Spfld and JoAnn Nelson of Agawam. He also leaves his many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nephews. John leaves two very special nieces, Mary Ellen McGowan Crowley of Ludlow who has been there for both he and Eleanor day to day and Patricia McGown Boltin of NY. John was predeceased by his brother Joseph Fitzgerald and his sister Ann Walsh, along with his brothers-in-law John Nelson and John McGowan and sisters-in-law Catherine Fitzgerald and Ann (Nelson) McGowan. Funeral Services will be held THURSDAY 10 AM at SAMPSON’S FUNERAL HOME, 710 LIBERTY ST., SPFLD. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam. Calling Hours will be held THURSDAY from 8:30 AM to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Spfld, MA 01104. The family would like to thank the staff at the Atrium for their care and comfort they provided John over the years.
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