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Paul F. Fitzgerald, Jr.

April 28, 2023 

On Friday, April 28, 2023, PP. Fitzgerald Jr.aul F. Fitzgerald, Jr., 72, Watertown passed away peacefully at Hospice of Jefferson County with his wife, son and Brianna by his side.

Paul was born in Watertown on July 26, 1950, son of Paul F. and Doris M. Campbell Fitzgerald. He graduated from Immaculate Heart Central School, attended Jefferson Community College, and received his associates degree from Corning Community College. On September 15, 1990 he married Betty A. Narrow at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Fr. Douglas Comstock officiating.

Paul retired as a Battalion Chief from the City of Watertown Fire Department in 2012 after 39 years of service.. He was a past Chief of the Northpole Fire Co., Inc., where he remained an active firefighter for over 50 years. He was a NYS Fire Instructor for over 20 years where his passion for teaching fellow firefighters began. After the Midtown Towers fire in 1989, Paul received the medal of valor for his and his fellow firefighters' swift response in saving many lives that day.

Paul was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and was a member of Elks Lodge 496. For many years he chaired the World Brotherhood Camporee and was President of the Gull Lake Hunting Club, where he and his son spent many weekends. He enjoyed gardening, flowers, lawn care, and camping.

Paul is survived by his wife, Betty; son Matthew P. Fitzgerald and longtime companion Brianna Smith, Adams Center; brother Peter J. Fitzgerald and wife Sandra L., Evans Mills; two sisters, Ann F. Narrow and husband James E., Calcium and Ellen F. Larkins and husband Mark S., Ormond Beach, FL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother John D. Fitzgerald, July 5, 1976.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 3, 10:00 am at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Fr. Douglas Comstock presiding. Burial will follow in Sanford Corners Cemetery, Calcium. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to Paul's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Donations in his name may be made to the Watertown Fire Fighters Benevolent Assoc., P. O. Box 6277, Northpole Fire Co., Inc., 22334 US Rt. 11, or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., all in Watertown, NY 13601.


#30 ROBERT DEROUIN 2023-05-02 18:26
Heaven gained a great angel with Paul. Our Fondest memories are from the Gull Lake Club. We spent countless hours at Little Camp with Paul, Richard Mousaw, John Allen, Blain Nestor, David Mousaw and out father hunting and playing cards and just simply hanging out. I can honestly say we all cherished the times during the winter when Paul would bring his Boy Scout Troop to camp for winter badges. We want to thank Paul for all the time he spent with us as kids and all the time he took to teach us different things. We know he is up in heaven right now having a Manhattan (little camp favorite drink) with all the members. May god bless your family and may Paul rest in peace. Thank you for everything. You are a hero in our eyes! May you rest in peace!
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#29 JAN ARNO 2023-05-02 10:42
Betty-My heart goes out to you and your family.My deepest condolences.
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#28 Joseph Brabant 2023-05-02 10:26
Dear Fitzgerald Family, Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Paul. Paul was a wonderful role model for me thru our friendship in scouts troop 23 at Sacred Heart and adventures working on staff at Camp Portaferry. I was well as many others owe Paul much gratitude for the life skills he gave us. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
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#27 Paula Watson 2023-05-02 07:59
Paul, you will be missed by everyone you knew. You did your work, now enjoy the reward in heaven ♥
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#26 TG Kolb 2023-05-02 06:44
Knew Paul through the volunteer services and Boy Scouts and then 20 years with WFD. Always amazed of the knowledge he had and his committment to the fire service. Never a slack of dedication because of his years of service, always worked and treated it as if he was just beginning and took part in most everyting with the men. Thats a true leader and one to call a friend! Matt, you have a true Hero to watch over you and had a first class mentor. You should be so proud!!
Rest in peace my friend.
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#25 Jackie Tunstall 2023-05-01 20:54
North Pole Fire Dept. Lost a very special man. RIP Paul, your work here is done. You were a huge tribute to the boyscouts and the fire department.
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#24 Peter Ingalsbe 2023-05-01 19:59
So sorry to hear of Paul's passing, he was a great guy and I knew him best for years ago in scouting, "Order of the Arrow" sending prayers to the family.
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#23 Don & Jessica Towles 2023-04-30 19:45
Dear Betty, Matt & Family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Paul was an exceptional person and we are so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
Don & Jessica Towles
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#22 Christian Wiley 2023-04-30 19:02
Grew up as a young boy knowing Paul from the City Fire Dept. and he was a leader of my Boy Scout troop from Sacred Heart. Paul was a great man who taught me many life lessons that I use to this day and pass on to my grandchildren. He was a great leader, teacher and person! They just don't make people like that anymore! THANK YOU for everything Paul! Rest in peace my friend! I am a better person because of you!
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#21 Gerry Kostyk 2023-04-30 15:39
I had the honor of working with Paul both as a staff member at Boy Scout Camp Portaferry and as a volunteer firefighter. Paul was a great leader and an inspiration to all that worked with him. He will be greatly missed.
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