William J. "Fitz" Fitzgerald
March 15, 1948 - August 15, 2018
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McHenry, IL 60050
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McHenry, IL 60050
815-385-2400 | Map
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3700 Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050
815-385-2400 | Map
Tuesday 8/21, 10:00 am

William James “Fitz” Fitzgerald, Jr., age 70, passed away surrounded by his family on August 15, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI, following injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born to William J. Sr. and Virginia (Strom) Fitzgerald on March 15, 1948 in Evanston. On June 21, 1975, he was united in…

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Brian Stevens left a message on September 3, 2018:
I knew Fitz for many years, but really got to know him when he was the bailiff in the weekly Drug Court. He kept order for the judge, but deep down he really cared about the defendants caught up in the terrible cycle of drug addiction. He had a lot of compassion for them. Even though it was the judge that handed out praise and penalties, the defendants worked hardest to earn Fitz’s respect. RIP my good friend. You will be missed by the entire court community.
Kathy Kruse left a message on August 27, 2018:
RIP Fitzy. It was a pleasure to work with you. Thank you for all the laughs and for making us girls in the office feel safe.
Kate Eaton left a message on August 21, 2018:
Fitzy was such a loving, caring and selfless man. 11 years ago, he was the first Court Security Officer I worked with in the courtroom. We became immediate friends and I feel so blessed to have been just one of the many lives he touched. He always had a smile on his face, a ridiculous joke or story to tell and the most infectious laugh I've ever heard. He was always there to help me through rough times and cheer me on through the good times. I'll miss him dearly, forever. Fitzy, thank you for being my friend and rock, I'll truly never forget you and your smile (and colorful jokes)! I love you, dear friend! -Kate Eaton, Lake Geneva, WI
Patti Rairie left a message on August 20, 2018:
God Bless You Fitz! May you rest in peace! My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of sorrow. With Heartfelt Sympathy, Patti Rairie
Mark & Susan Strom left a message on August 20, 2018:
I have so many memories, a life time as Jimmy was about 20 when i was born. Being with family on holidays at the lake are the best memories. Jimmy was loved by so many as he touched so many lives. He will be truly missed! My sincerest condolences Love Mark and Susan Strom
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Philip Prossnitz left a message on August 20, 2018:
After a distinguished career with the McHenry Police Department, Fitz joined the staff at the courthouse as a bailiff where he was loved for his humor, his loyalty, his "command" of the courtroom and above all -- his humanity. Too soon, Fitz, too soon! Philip Prossnitz
Tracy Staadt left a message on August 20, 2018:
May god hold you in his arms and give strength and healing to your loved ones. We will miss seeing you on your bike pulling into your drive way everyday. The Staadt’s
Susan Strom left a message on August 20, 2018:
Our sincerest condolences on your loss
Oscar (Chip) Blomgren left a message on August 20, 2018:
Fitz,, You were a good friend to many and I consider myself to be one of those. I was always happy to see you at many of the missions we attended together, A person would have to try very hard to be as dedicated as you were to the many causes you participated in. The world lost a giant but I know I will see you again. Godspeed friend, until we ride together again,
michelle lannes left a message on August 19, 2018:
Fitz was an inspiration to so many and he will truly be missed. He knew how to make so many laugh. R.I.P. Fitz.
Mark Rapata left a message on August 18, 2018:
Condolences from Mark and Lucinda Rapata. Fitz influnced the success and acceptance of CPAAM in the McHenry community.
George and Dianne Gallant left a message on August 18, 2018:
There are many memories with Fitz but the one that sticks out the most was all the help he gave Dianne and I as camping virgins. We had issues with a piece of gravel sticking in the brake causing squeaking on the very first day of getting the camper up. He gave us the camping 101 course which was invaluable. He said something always goes wrong on the first trip. I remember the times when Fitz would stop in the Emergency Room to help with out disgruntled patients. He had such a knack. Now getting older I realize the value of living each day to the fullest and enjoying the best the day has to offer. Fitz, we miss you. REST IN PEACE George and Dianne Gallant Castle Rock Colorado
James Craddock left a message on August 17, 2018:
Deepest sympathy to your family, Jim and Tammy Craddock (Matt and Maureen Doolan’s aunt and uncle)
Shannon Huntington left a message on August 17, 2018:
Deepest Condolences and Prayers to the Fitzgerald family from myself and the Das Family.
Lisa left a message on August 17, 2018:
Fitz you were such a wonderful man. So many great memories. You will never be forgotten. Prayers for the family during this terrible time. -Lisa
Anthony Militano left a message on August 17, 2018:
Hey Fitz, It was great to serve with you on the Department for 21yrs. We had some good times, especially when we went flying. That inspired me to get my Pilots' license. Even though we kept in contact through e-mail, after my retirement, you were always in my thoughts, and you'll be missed.-Tony and Sharon Militano, Palm Coast, FL.
Joan Lunsmann left a message on August 17, 2018:
I have truly good memories of Fitzy and the support he gave me when I needed it. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
Howie Parth left a message on August 17, 2018:
So sorry to hear of Fitz passing. I have known him since 1974 when he was a police officer in McHenry and worked with him while he was a Court Security Officer. Fitz had a infectious sense of humor and was a hell of a man. Our condolences to Jane and the rest of his family. RIP Fitz
Cindy Clayton left a message on August 17, 2018:
I have such great memories of hanging out with Jim over the last 50 years at Wonder Lake...being in his boathouse with my friends while sharing a glass or two of Boonesfarm wine (that Jim had purchased), singing along while Jim played "Country Roads" on his guitar, going over the ski jump and having Jim swim out to rescue me when I fell. The memories go on and on. Even though we didn't see each other very often, I knew he was always there if I needed help with anything. My heart goes out to Jane and her entire family. He was a great friend and he will be missed.
Matt "Matter" Charlier left a message on August 16, 2018:
Deepest condolences from me, my family, his fellow Warriors' Watch Riders and the countless soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coastguardsmen, police and firemen that he supported over the years. Rest Easy Fitz, we have the watch now. Until we ride together in WWR's Region 7 again. -matter
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Tina Nelson Rebman left a message on August 16, 2018:
So very sorry to hear of Fitz's passing. I have so many fond memories of him from many years ago at the gravel pit and his service with the city of McHenry. God Speed Fitz. Thank you for always being such an amazing guy. Rest in Peace Sir.
Justen Funeral Homes left a message:
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