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James Joseph FitzPatrick, Jr

Birth
Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA
Death 26 Oct 2012 (aged 95)
Holderness, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 100020491 · View Source
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James Joseph FitzPatrick, Jr., 95, of Holderness, died October 26, 2012, ending an amazing life that spanned almost a century.

Born September 14, 1917, in Schenectady, NY, the eldest son of the late James J. and Helen (Roy) FitzPatrick Sr., his family moved to Marblehead, MA in 1920. He graduated from Marblehead High class of 1936. Always pursuing his love of the outdoors and showing his tremendous strength of character at an early age, Jim achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the BSA in 1935 and became a lifetime member of the N.R.A. (National Rifle Association). He was also a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps from 1935-1936. He attended the University Of Maine (Orono) from 1936-1940, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, as well as the ROTC "Scabbard + Blade" corps, graduating in 1940 with a BA in business administration. Jim also earned his pilot's license, learning to fly a Piper Cub aircraft. His lifelong passion for reading and books started at an early age, and the library that Jim and later Conna amassed was truly impressive.

After graduation, Jim joined the US Army in 1941, serving in the European Theatre, and achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel. During his wartime stay in England, he met Conner (Conna) Marie Mardis, the love of his life. They were married in England on October 9, 1943. After the war, Jim and his new bride returned to Marblehead and had two children, but soon moved to East Weare, NH, where they opened and managed the Toy Mfg. Co. until 1957, and had two more children.

Seeking more stability for the family, the FitzPatricks moved to Sudbury, MA in 1958, and Jim was employed as a military contract negotiator for the Raytheon Co., where his Army experience served him well. He retired from Raytheon in 1972 to pursue his love for the outdoors by relocating to Campton, NH to manage the Branch Brook Campground.

In 1974, Jim and Conna purchased Goose Hollow Campground in Thornton, NH and ran it until they retired to Sun City, FL in 1986. They loved and nurtured each other in retirement for almost twenty four years, until his beloved wife Conna died in March of 2010. Jim then returned to his New Hampshire roots in 2010, moving in with his youngest daughter and her husband in Holderness, NH.

Even at 93, Jim was fiercely independent until a fall in 2011 curtailed his ability to move on his own. He spent his final year of his life at the Golden View Nursing home, in Meredith, NH, within sight of his treasured White Mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee.

The positive effect that Jim had on everyone's life he touched cannot be overstated. His quiet, confident manner and quick, dry wit endeared him to all, and was with him to the end.

He was predeceased by his brother John, of Cape Elizabeth, ME in 2003.

Interment at Blair Cemetery, Campton, NH.

Info from Mayhew Funeral Home


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  • Created by: AuntieJ
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100020491
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Joseph FitzPatrick, Jr (14 Sep 1917–26 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100020491, citing Blair Cemetery, Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by AuntieJ (contributor 47536069) .