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“Col. Fitzgerald was my Commander for many years at Otis Air National Guard Base. He was in charge of the 102nd Security Police Squadron. He was more...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Donald Poirier

“My family lives across from Bob and Diane's house in Reading. We had many wonderful memories with Diane and Bob. I just returned from FL on Friday...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Many fond memories , the 26th Infantry Division, and our belief in all that the the Guard stands for. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Santo Bonaccorso, Col. Retired

“We are very sorry to hear of your loss and extend our deepest condolences. May the God of all comfort embrace you during this difficult time and may...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Bob was my friend and mentor for several years and I owe him a lot. I miss him already. God Bless You Colonel ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: John Pumphrey - Hutchinson Island, FL

“My sincere condolences to the entire Fitzgerald family. COL Fitz was a fine man, a great military officer and one who always took the time to be a...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: COL (R) David Barisano - NH

“Kenny and FitzGerald Family,I am so sorry. I remember this towering guy when I was newly commissioned.Kenny you have been there for him when he...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Trudy McAdams - Dania Beach, FL

“Bob's Family.Bob and I worked together on a project which involved housing more than two thousand Guardsmen and active duty soldiers from all along...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Donald Lavimoniere - Fort Myers, FL

“Colonel Fitz, You were a wonderful Mentor to me and one of the reasons I wanted to be the MILPO some day. You were so personable and helpful but had...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Cheryl Poppe - Salem, MA


10 of 12 | Posted by: JAMES CW2LANE - REVERE, MA

“Kenny: I send my sincerest sympathy to you. I have wonderful memories of your family , especially Bob taking the time to play ball with us every...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Shirley Sullivan - Falmouth, MA

“I lost a very good friend and he will be sorely missed May Bob rest in peace ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Bette Burke - Reading, MA


Colonel Robert W. FitzGerald, US Army, Ret. of Reading passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. He was 80 years of age.

Born on October 26, 1935 in Dorchester, Robert was the loving son of the late Chester W. FitzGerald and Anna (Danner) FitzGerald. Robert was a warm and caring son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Robert graduated from Anna Maria College and the Massachusetts Military Academy. Upon graduation from the Massachusetts Military Academy, he rose to the rank of Colonel and retired as Director of Personnel of the Massachusetts National Guard. His true love was for his family. He adored and cherished his grandchildren. His favorite thing to do was making memories with his family. They were first and foremost in his life. Robert devoted his life to the military, fatherhood and grandparenting.

Robert was the beloved husband for 50 years of the late Diane (Covino) FitzGerald. He was the devoted father of Laura Pica and her husband James. The cherished grandfather of Eric and Elizabeth, Robert was the dear brother of Kenneth FitzGerald and his wife Jo and the late Frances Maddox. He was also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral from the Doherty – Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St. READING Friday, April 22nd at 12pm followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Robert's Eternal Life in St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St. Reading at 1pm. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the Family on Thursday, April 21st from 4-8pm in the Funeral Home. Parking attendants and ramped entrance are available. Interment with Military Honors will take place at Wood End Cemetery, Reading.

Please honor Robert by making a donation in his memory to Diane's Pen Pals, PO Box 455 Beverly, MA 01915.