Joe Fitzpatrick Luncheon

On June 22, approximately 120 friends of Joe Fitzpatrick gathered at St. Monica’s Church Hall for a luncheon in honor of Joe.

Joe died last October after courageously battling colon cancer for seven months. He served 28 years in the SFFD. Joe retired as a Lieutenant the day before his death.

The majority of attendees were retired SFFD members. Also attending were family members and old, dear friends of Joe from the “neighborhood” (Richmond District; not Richmond, California). There were a small number of active members. Everyone had a good time at a sad occasion. It was wonderful to see and visit with the retirees.

I want to thank all who attended as well as those not able to attend who never-the-less forwarded a donation. All proceeds were deposited into a Credit Union Account whose sole purpose is for the benefit of Joe’s three children. Special thanks to Father John Greene. Thanks also to Engine 35, Engine 41, and Station 14 for their assistance. Station 1 stepped to the plate as usual in a big way. Thanks to all the individuals who helped out with set up, bartending, food prep, serving and clean up. The old adage “many hands make light work” was never so true.

Joe Fitzpatrick was a low-key guy and always a class act. The luncheon in his honor reflected his character perfectly.

Vice-President, Local 798

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