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Stephen K. FitzGerald, Ph.D.

August 29, 2016

Stephen K FitzgeraldStephen K. FitzGerald, Ph.D., Mannsville passed away at his home on Monday, August 29, 2016.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, September 2, from 4 - 6PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Saturday, September 3, at 10AM with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. A luncheon reception at Ives Country Club, Watertown will follow the service. Burial will be at the family's convenience in Glenwood Cemetery.

Stephen was born in Framingham, MA on July 18, 1948, son of James A. and M. Constance Kendall FitzGerald. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University, Washington, DC in 1970, his M. A. in Experimental Psychology from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1972, and in 1984 he received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.

Dr. FitzGerald had worked in alcohol and substance abuse counseling early in his career in New Mexico and New York. From 1981 to 1987 he was a Clinical Director and then coordinator of several mental health programs in New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. Moving back to New York in 1987, he was a psychologist at Family Psychology Institute of Binghamton and consulted for a prevention program for youths in Cortland. From 1989 - 1991 he was a Psychologist for Jefferson Rehabilitation Center, Watertown. In 1990 he began his private practice in Watertown as a NYS Licensed Psychologist, treating local residents and soldiers.

In the 1980's, he presented a training program in New Mexico and had taught classes at New Mexico State University, Jefferson Community College, Watertown, and Broome Community College, Binghamton.

On November 28, 1981 he married Canice L. White in Truth or Consequences, NM.

Dr. FitzGerald was a member of the American Psychological Assoc., Winona Way Tug Hill Assoc., Friends of Big Sandy Bay, and Friends of the Library at Ainsworth Memorial Library, Sandy Creek. He participated as a citizen scientist on bird populations for Cornell Cooperative Extension. He was an avid tri-athlete and enjoyed running, biking, cross country skiing, hunting, and gardening. He cared deeply for the forest and planted over 400 trees on his Wolfe Island cottage property.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, Nathan J. FitzGerald, Chandler, AZ, Caroline M. FitzGerald, San Francisco, CA, and Sean A. FitzGerald, Los Angeles, CA; six brothers, James A., Syracuse, Brian T., Miami, FL, Joseph K., Ononcock. VA, Mark F., Portola Valley, CA, Andrew J., Richland, WA, and Michael G., Watertown; five sisters, Maureen A. FitzGerald, Reno, NV, Katherine M. FitzGerald, Watertown, Maria F. Purcell and husband, Mark, Watertown, Ann-Marie FitzGerald, Saratoga Springs, and M. Christine FitzGerald, Ipswich, MA; one aunt, MiMi Kendall, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, Dr. FitzGerald was predeceased by two brothers, Anthony P. and William F., and his uncle, Frederic S. Kendall.

Donations in his name may be made to the Watertown Urban Mission, 247 Factory St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

 

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#45 Christine Bell 2016-09-30 16:19
My condolences and sympathy are for you Candi and the children. Stephen was a kind and considerate neighbour on Wolfe Island and he will be missed.
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#44 Clara Bingham 2016-09-12 13:04
Working with the Tug Hill Tourathon, then WFRA for 28 years, we could always depend on Stephen to make sure everything was in tip top shape - working hard before the races to break down the huge piles of snow where the trails met the roads. On our Adirondack Mountain Club bike rides to Kingston every summer, we always detoured to talk with Steve as he planted hundreds of trees on your Wolfe Island property. He was so excited and loved spending his leisure time outdoors. He will be missed by everyone.
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#43 Carolyn Hooley 2016-09-07 12:26
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Fitzgerald family. I worked with Stephen for 12 years and knew him to be a kind and compassionate family man. He often spoke of his family and his adventures vacationing. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
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#42 Tom & Pat Brown 2016-09-05 11:47
Dear Katie and Maria and family. Your loss is also our communities loss. Our prayers are with you both and your families.
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#41 Ann Hewitt 2016-09-04 09:51
My condolences to the entire Fitzgerald family. My self and the entire Hewitt family express our sympathy to all of you for your loss Steve was a very compassionate person and will be truly missed.
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#40 Paul Vandermill and 2016-09-03 12:44
Dear Candi and Family, We grieve for your loss. Dr. FitzGerald was a kind, gentle man who helped and cared for so many. May God's blessings be upon you and yours.
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#39 Charlene Greene 2016-09-03 12:03
So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I went to school with Steve at St Pat's and IHA. He would swim by my cottage a couple of times of year on his way to French Bay and occasionally stop by to chat. My heart goes out to his family and close friends. I will keep him in my prayers.
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#38 Paul Taenzer 2016-09-03 11:58
Judith and I are deeply saddened by Steve's passing. It was our delight to have Steve and Candi as friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Fitzgerald family.
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#37 Vanessa MacEachen 2016-09-02 22:31
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Fitzgerald Family. I am a friend of Caroline’s. Although I didn’t meet Dr. Fitzgerald, his dedication to helping and caring for people in his work is a commendable trait, and Caroline shares that quality with him. She is strong, intelligent, and always thinks about the well being of others. It’s evident he was a loving father and husband. My thoughts are with you and your family.
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#36 John & Cynthia Behan 2016-09-02 21:14
Dear sweet extended Fitzgerald Family and friends. We are so sad to hear of your loss. We pray for each of you that you may find comfort and the shelter of God's sweet love as you go through these difficult times. Donna nobis pacem. Grant us peace. With affection, John and Cynthia and Family
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