Richard Joseph FitzGerald
FitzGerald, Richard Joseph "Dick" died of acute leukemia on October 14, 2006. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Richard M. and Irene (Quealy) FitzGerald and sisters, Agnes, Dona (William Mich) and Bette (Louis Bedor). Dick is survived by his wife of 32 years, Beverly Nan FitzGerald nee Silverman, whom he loved and adored. He is also survived by four FitzGerald children, Shawne (John Norblom), Kathleen (David Hitch- cock), Sharron (Randy Herman) and Rick (Pauline); five Kassmir children, Jaime (Michelle), Greg (Danielle), Cori (Rob Sargenti), Jon, Darcey (Etai Bar-On); grandchildren Jose James; Michael, Kerry and Lisa Herman; Devon and Colin FitzGerald; Abigail and Charles Kassmir; Chloe and Trey Sargenti; Max, Levi and Tamar Bar-On; Sue Christiansen and her children, Gibraun and Zoe. Also survived by mother-in-law, Helen Silverman and brother- and sister-in-law, Sam and Sylvia Kaplan; Louis Bedor and the nieces and nephews of the Bedor, Brown, Chesen, Silverman and Mich families. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Dick graduated from De LaSalle high school, was a Navy veteran and graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he was Homecoming King. After graduation from U of M Law School in 1959, he served as Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Law until joining Vennum, Newhall, Ackman & Goetz in 1961. He was one of the founding partners in the merger of law firms which is now Lindquist & Vennum. He practiced Business Law at Lindquist & Vennum for 34 years until his retirement in 1995 and was Managing Partner of Lindquist &Vennum from 1980-1985. He served as General Counsel for Twin City Fan and Blower, LTD of Plymouth where he worked for 11 years until his death. Dick was most proud of his efforts for the Minneapolis Auto Club ( General Counsel and Director), his involvement with the Citizen's League (Past President) and the Business Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (Past Chairman.) Dick was passionate about politics, fishing and boating. And he became a dedicated golfer later in life. Always loyal to his Irish roots, Dick loved nothing better than sharing a favorite joke or a good story with friends. Dick spent his last months at home surrounded by friends and family who provided friendship, comfort and love. The family would especially like to thank Beverly for her love and devotion throughout their long happy marriage and especially during his illness. The family would also like to thank Dr. Mark Sborov and Dr. Mark Litzow and his hospice nurses Mary, Gina and Patricia for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Leukemia &Lymphoma Society, the University of Minnesota Law School or De LaSalle High School. Services will be held at 10:30 AM, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18, SHIR TIKVAH AT FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF MINNEAPOLIS, 3400 DUPONT AVE- NUE SOUTH. A memorial luncheon at the Minikhada Club will follow. SHIVA at 510 River St, Mpls. (Wed. eve. only). Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 online guestbook at: hodroffepstein.com
Published on October 16, 2006
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