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Warren J. Fitzgerald Sr.

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COHOES — Warren J. Fitzgerald Sr., 78, beloved husband of 57 years to Martha Partak Fitzgerald of Cohoes, son of the late Maurice and Beatrice McGuire Fitzgerald, died peacefully at his residence Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, embraced by his loving family.

Born in Cohoes, Warren attended Cohoes schools, the former St. Agnes Elementary School and graduated in 1953 from the former Keveny Memorial Academy, where he played first-string basketball throughout his four years. After graduation, Warren joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served proudly for three years; tours included Okinawa, Japan and the Korean conflict. He earned the rank of sergeant, received the Good Conduct Medal (1st Awd), the National Defense Service Medal and was honorably discharged in 1957.

Warren then attended the Simmons Mortuary School of Science, where he received a scholarship given on a competitive basis from the New York State Funeral Directors Association. He was a Dean’s list graduate of 1960 and class secretary. He apprenticed under Kevlin-Campbell Funeral Home in Schenectady and Campion & Sons Funeral Home in Albany, being licensed to practice as a funeral director in 1961. During his apprenticeship, Warren worked as night station manager for Emery Air Freight at the now Albany International Airport. In 1963, Warren established the Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Cohoes and operated the funeral home with dignity and dedication, serving his community proudly.

Warren was a caring, compassionate individual who was very generous to his community and charitable organizations. He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in Cohoes, member of the Capitol District Funeral Association, NYS Funeral Director’s Association, Cohoes Waterford BPOE Elks 1317, St. Michael’s Community Center and former president of the St. Agnes Holy Names Society. He was an avid reader of global studies, followed world affairs, enjoyed summer vacations to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Ocean City, Maryland, picnicking at Bolton Landing, Lake George, where the tradition continues with his family, watching his favorite teams the Boston Celtics, New York Yankees, New York Giants and his No. 1 team, Notre Dame – the Fighting Irish. What Warren enjoyed most was spending time with his loving family and friends, playing basketball, swimming, hosting numerous picnics in his back yard, and hosting holidays and special occasions at home. Warren especially loved Christmas Eve.

In addition to his wife, Martha, Warren is survived by his devoted children, Donna Fitzgerald Demarse of Cohoes, Warren (Maryann) Fitzgerald of Niskayuna, Erin (Arnie) Cirilli and Bridget Fitzgerald of Cohoes, and Kelly (David) Castle of Gansevoort; cherished grandchildren Casey Demarse of Clifton Park, Brittany (David) Jones of Durham, North Carolina, Gina Cirilli, Colin and Christian Craven, all of Cohoes, and Patrick Castle of Gansevoort; adored great-grandsons Joey, Bennett and Carson; sisters Mary Fitzgerald of Colonie, Sr. Mary Aidan PVBM (Barbara) Fitzgerald of Watervliet, Carol (Bruce) Harper of Colonie, Doreen (Fred) DeWald and sister-in-law Grace Fitzgerald; all of Cohoes; brothers Mark (Mila) Fitzgerald of Scotia, Charles “Chuck” Fitzgerald of Cohoes, and Paul (Karen Carty) of Franklinton, North Carolina; brother-in-law Mark (Celeste) Partak of East Greenbush; son-in-law Peter Demarse; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins; and his most cherished canine companion, Fitz Tu.

In addition to his parents, Warren was predeceased by in-laws Metro and Stella (Rymanowski) Partak; sisters Beatrice Gibbons, Gail Truax; and brother Maurice Fitzgerald.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home Ltd., 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at

St. Michael’s Church at 11a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.

Interment with military honors will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Waterford.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

Those wishing to remember Warren in a special way may make contributions in his memory to St. Michael’s Church, 20 Page Ave, Cohoes NY 12047.

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