William Fitzpatrick

William F. Fitzpatrick

MOSCOW - William Francis Fitzpatrick, 73, of Moscow, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at his home.

Born Nov. 15, 1932, in Moscow, he was the son of the late William and Beatrice (Jones) Fitzpatrick.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Fitzpatrick; and grandparents, Henry and Annie Jones.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was a graduate from Barton High School and Catherman's Business School. He retired from the CSX Railroad after 45 years of service. He was a member of Frostburg Moose Lodge 348.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Joan (Buskirk) Fitzpatrick, Moscow; one daughter, Mary Lynne Rankin and husband Roy (Butch), Lonaconing; one niece, Patricia Miller, Danville; and special cousin, Patrick Garvey, Massillon, Ohio.

Family and friends will be received at Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home P.A. (www.eichhorn-mckenziefh.com), Lonaconing, Friday, June 9, 2006, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 10 a.m., at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Barton, with Father Jim Hannon, as celebrant.

Interment will be held at St. Gabriel's Catholic Cemetery, Barton.

Pallbearers will be Jack Frost, Chris Oliverio, Ebb Spiker, Jordan Swogger, Justin Swogger, Dennis Buskirk, Buddy Bennett, and William Thomas.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Patrick Garvey, Frank Buskirk, James Dunn, Robert Biggs, Ed Robertson, Bob Dyer, Ed Dunn, and Don Swogger.

Bill was a devoted husband and family man. He donated his service in many capacities to the Valley and Westmar Girls Basketball, Volleyball, and Track Teams. He was also a J.V. coach to the previously mentioned teams. He coached the Coney and Barton Girls Basketball teams in the K. of C. League for many years.

Bill was an avid fan of the Redskins, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Maryland and West Virginia Basketball teams. His favorite hobby was decorating his yard for all seasons.

Mary Lynne, his daughter, planned to honor her father with a plaque for Fathers' Day, a fitting tribute.

"As constant as the movement of the ocean, you've always been there, Dad, rushing into wash away problems and leaving behind little treasures of praise and encouragement." Ð Anonymous

Memorial contributions may be made in Bills' memory to the American Heart Association, American Kidney Foundation, or the American Cancer Society.

Memorial Cards are available at the funeral home.

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