Nick Fitzgerald Jr. (1935-2020)
Nicholas H. Fitzgerald, Jr. of Centerville, formerly of Winchester, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2020. Born in Boston, MA in 1935 he graduated from Winchester High School with the class of 1953, and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in 1957. He proudly served his nation in the Army Reserves for four years.
Nick had a successful forty-year career with several Boston-area engineering, and construction firms, with projects spanning the range from public infrastructure through corporate headquarters construction. To all of his work, he brought a keen intellect and meticulous attention to detail for which he earned great respect within his profession.
As a civic minded person, he was an active Winchester Town Meeting Member, and served as the Town of Winchester’s Disaster Coordinator. He was known as a very helpful neighbor and took great pride in tending to his showcase lawn, for the benefit of everyone.
He enjoyed participating in sports, especially basketball, drum majoring, fishing and skiing and won accolades for his track performance. He was certainly an avid Patriots fan, but cheering at his own childrens’ sporting events took precedence. Nick relished regular trips to Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and might well have been the biggest low stakes slot machine player on the east coast! Throughout his lifetime, “Captain Nick” always found great joy on or near the ocean.
Most of all, Nick loved his family. He worked tirelessly and imbued his children with high standards and intellectual curiosity, for which they have lasting gratitude. His devotion to his surviving sister Alice endured to his final days. A dedicated friend, his strong character, honesty, loyalty and gentle wit will be remembered by all. Nick was especially thankful for his Catholic parish community in Centerville.
Nick is survived by his sister, Alice Fitzgerald of Wakefield, the mother of his children, Gloria Doughty of Maine, and his four children: Leanne (Lenny) Velichansky of Medfield; Nicholas (Jennifer) H. Fitzgerald, III of Fort Collins, CO; Darcy (Robert) Biltekoff of Buffalo, NY; and Sharon (Steve DeCosse) Fitzgerald of Sebastopol, CA. He was the dear grandfather of seven grandchildren. As well, he will be fondly remembered by his long time companion, Mildred Nicastro of New Jersey.
A Mass of Christian Burial has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th at Our Lady of Victory Parish, 230 S. Main St., Centerville at 11am. All are invited to attend in person; however, a livestream of the service will be available at https://olvparish.org/livestream
Relatives and friends are also invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday, August 5th at the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St. Winchester from 10-11am and a graveside service at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester at 11:30am. Anyone attending any of the services should wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. For public online condolences please visit www.lanefuneral.com
Contributions in Nick’s memory can be made to “HARVEST SUNDAY”
Or mailed to: Our Lady of Victory Parish, 230 S. Main St, Centerville, MA 02632 (please make note contribution is for “HARVEST SUNDAY”)