FITZGERALD, Francis N. 86, of Middleton MA, passed away on December 30, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Flynn) FitzGerald; son Barry and his wife Patty, of Danvers MA; son John and his wife Karen, of Middleton MA; daughter Maura and her husband Bill, of Swampscott MA; grandchildren Jake, Julie, Sarah, Caitlyn, Ashley, Dylan, Andrew, and Calum; great-grandchildren Emily and Robert; many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews; and numerous dear friends. He was predeceased by siblings Kevin, Pat, Aileen, Jack, Jim, and Betty.
Frank was born in Revere, MA on July 22, 1930 to Rita and Francis FitzGerald. He graduated from Marist College and Seminary in Bedford MA in 1948. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree at Salem Teachers College, Frank began his distinguished career in education in the Revere Public Schools. In 1956 he married Patricia and they moved to Burlington, MA where he became Principal at the Pine Glen School and then Vice Principal at the Burlington Junior High School. Frank went on to earn a Master in Education degree from Boston State College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Boston University. He served as Principal in the Middleton Public Schools and as Superintendent of the Holbrook Public Schools. He also worked in higher education, employed as an Assistant Professor of social sciences at Salem State College.
In 1971 Frank returned to Middleton where he was the Superintendent of Schools for 20 years until his retirement. During his time with the Middleton Public Schools he earned a Doctoral Degree in Education from Boston College. He also continued his work with graduate education at Salem State College, was a member of the Northeast Association of School Superintendents, and for many years was a mediator in Salem District Court. After retiring, he successfully campaigned for the construction of a new school in Middleton and was later honored with a street, FitzGerald Drive.
Alongside his prodigious career, Frank had numerous hobbies and interests. He built two homes and fixed everything from heating systems to toasters, from cars to computers. He travelled extensively, seeing all 50 states and several foreign countries. Best of all he loved road trips: touring America, especially the major engineering marvels like the Hoover Dam, Soo Locks, and Big Dig.
Frank will be remembered always for his leadership, service, sense of humor, and kindness.
A funeral service will be held for Frank from 10 am to noon on Thursday January 5th at the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S Main St., Middleton. It will be followed by interment at Oakdale Cemetery in Middleton. In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to Disabled Veterans of America.
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