Thomas James Fitzgerald, age 82 of Long Beach, Indiana passed away on October 1, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Bonita “Bonnie” (Buehler), his children John "Fitz" of Long Beach, Indiana; and Julie (Darren) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Catherine “Casey” and Caroline Burns. His brother, Bill (Cathleen “Kit-C”) Fitzgerald of Bay Village, Ohio; his sister, Diane Kramer of Sagamore Hills, Ohio; adoring nieces and nephews.
Tom was predeceased by his parents Catherine and Albert Fitzgerald of University Heights, Ohio.
Tom graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1960, with a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He was commissioned in the United States Navy, where he served three years as an officer. He earned his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Tom worked in manufacturing. In 1984, he proudly started Fitech Inc., and with his partner, Dan Wilson, grew the business to great success, until he sold the business in 1999.
Tom was a member of Notre Dame Parish in Michigan City, IN, St. Isabel Parish in Sanibel, FL, active in multiple University of Notre Dame alumni groups, a member Of Long Beach Country Club for 46 years, and on the Bridge of Sanibel Captiva Sail and Power Squadron. Tom’s greatest joys were traveling with Bonnie, spending time with his family and treasured granddaughters, clocking bicycle miles in Sanibel, kayaking, golfing, and College Football.
The family will receive friends at a Mass of the Christian burial 10:00 am Saturday, October 17, 2020, Notre Dame Catholic Church, 1010 Moore Road, Long Beach, Indiana with Rev. Keith McClellan officiating with private interment taking place at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are being handled by the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana.
In Lieu of flowers, please memorialize Tom through Notre Dame Catholic School, 1000 Moore Road, Long Beach, Indiana 46360 or F.I.S.H of Sancap. in Sanibel-Captiva, 2430-B Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957
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