Leonard D. "Lenny" FitzGerald Print E-mail

Leonard D. “Lenny” FitzGerald

Beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather;


Leonard D. “Lenny” FitzGerald, 90, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2022, at D’Youville Center for Advanced Therapy in Lowell, MA surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley M. “Chickie” (Vachon) FitzGerald who passed away on June 30, 2019, after 65 years of marriage.

Born in Lowell, MA, September 20, 1932, the son of the late James P. and the late Josephine M. (O’Donnell) FitzGerald, he attended St. Patrick Grammar School and graduated from Keith Academy, in the Class of 1950.

A veteran of the Korean War, he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army.

Prior to his retirement, Lenny worked as a Manager for Verizon in Lowell for over 35 years.

He was a lifelong communicant of Saint Margaret of Scotland Church, a member of the Tyngsboro Senior Golf League, St. Margaret’s Bowling League, and the Telephone Pioneers of America.

An avid Hampton Beach bodysurfer and sandball player into his late 80s and always ready for a cribbage game, he was a devoted husband, a loving father, and a wonderful Gramps.

Lenny is survived by five children: James P. FitzGerald of Lowell, Kathleen M. FitzGerald and her partner Michael Gauthier of Lowell, Lynne M. FitzGerald of Lowell, Gail FitzGerald-Ostendarp and her husband Carl of Ithaca, New York, and Lisa F. Wagner and her husband Joe of North Chelmsford; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

He was the father of the late Mary C. FitzGerald and the brother of the late Virginia FitzGerald, Donald FitzGerald, Raymond FitzGerald, Paul FitzGerald, and Dorothy Hudzik.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Friday December 16, 2022, from 4 to 7 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH, 374 Stevens St., Lowell, on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those who wish to make contributions in his memory may donate to Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities, 70 Lawrence St. Lowell, MA 01852, www.ccab.org Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (6)
  • Paula FitGerald  - Uncle Penny Godfather
    My condolences to his family. Uncle Lenny was so helpful to me when I moved from Texas to Massachusets. I'll never forget him. You were taken too soon. My heart is breaking. I'm so sorry I wasn't there for you. May you be at peace and reunited with your family in Heaven.
  • Pam Blanchette  - Uncle Lenny
    A man is a success who has lived well laughed often and loved much , who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children , who leaves the world better than he found it , who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it . You will be missed dear uncle Lenny
  • Rushel and Mike Cushing and Fa  - LIVES ON IN OUR HEARTS
    Growing up, Mike lived across the street from the Fitz family and has been friends with Jim since childhood. I met Lynne in the ninth grade; she is one of my best friends and is a caring person who is always there for her family and friends. The Fitz family has been a big, wonderful part of our lives. Mike and I bought the house next door, and we were neighbors for almost 25 years. Mr. Fitz loved being outside and enjoyed chatting with us across the fence. I will always remember his kindness, his laugh, and how much he loved his family. “The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much."
  • Continued from Rema  - Peace Love Light
    My memories are so beautiful and so alive in me. Hampton Beach is a part of me and it’s my go to beach always. Peace as You Journey Home to Mum, Mary and your Brothers and Sisters. You are in my Heart and Memories for Eternity. See You on the Beach. Rema
  • Rema  - Continued
    My memories are so beautiful and so alive in me. Hampton Beach is a part of me and it’s my go to beach always. Peace as You Journey Home to Mum and Mary and your Brothers and Sisters. You are in my Heart and Memories for Eternity. See You on the Beach. Rema
  • Rema, Michael, Arielle, Shaun  - Our Heartfelt Love, Prayers, Thoughts, Blessings t
    When I think of Dad Fitz as I Call Him… It’s a True testament of The Joy I experienced being an extended Family Member. My Love of Hampton Beach comes from my wonderful experiences each Summer since I was 12 years old (after meeting My Beautiful Forever Friend/ Sister Lynne) with the Fitzgerald Family… it was pure Bliss, Body Surfing with Dad and I’m a pro to this day because He taught us All how to catch the waves. He was amused by me beating him at sand ball many times. He snuck in some wins too. He made the best tuna sandwiches too. I Loved those Summers. Add to that Mom Fitz’s yummy food and stingers on a cool beach day( when we got older) my love for thousand island dressing comes from those summers in the beach. This Bliss continued as We all grew up and had families of our own. My husband and children got to enjoy Summers at Hampton Beach with Mom and Dad Fitz and the whole Family too. Dad had to deal with losing at cribbage to my husband Michael but after all the games played, I think it’s a tie
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