ELYSBURG — Robert G. “Gary” Fitzpatrick, 67, of Elysburg, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
He was born in Shamokin, Aug. 20, 1951, a son of the late Edward and Violet (Zaborney) Fitzpatrick.
He was a 1969 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 1973. He then attended and graduated from the Dickinson School of Law where he earned his juris doctorate.
Gary retired in October 2016, from Mariano Enterprises Inc.
While growing up in Shamokin, he was active in sports, having played baseball, football and basketball on school teams and for area youth leagues. As an adult, he excelled at golf and was a member, avid golfer and past club president at Indian Hills Golf Club. Gary was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Mount Carmel and the Valley Gun and Country Club in Elysburg, where he enjoyed socializing with friends.
He enjoyed talking about politics and history and also enjoyed cooking and walking with his dog, Finn, at the Weiser State Forest. Gary made friends easily and had a wonderful sense of humor. He kept a positive attitude despite life’s ups and downs. An Irish quote was among his personal effects after his passing that reads, “May those that love us, love us, and those that don’t love us, may God turn their hearts. If He can’t turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.”
Surviving are his children, Katherine Marie and Sean Michael, both of Mount Carmel, and Erin Elizabeth, of Elysburg; his long-time partner, Sue Hoffman, of Elysburg; his sister, Carol Styer, of Blue Bell; his granddaughter, Layla Grace Fitzpatrick; many cousins; and his beloved dog, Finn, who still waits by the gate for him to come home.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, Edward and Violet Fitzpatrick, was his brother, Edward James Fitzpatrick.
FITZPATRICK — Robert G. “Gary” Fitzpatrick, 67, of Elysburg. A religious service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Joseph J. Stutz Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz III, supervisor, with the Rev. Francis J. Karwacki officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Pennsylvania SPCA, 1467 Bloom Road, Danville 17821.