Francis N. FitzGerald

Died: 2016-12-30
Resided in: Middleton, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2017-01-05 / 10am-Noon
Service type: Funeral Service
Service date: 2017-01-05 Noon
Service location: Mackey Funeral Home
Burial type: Burial
Burial date: 2017-01-05
Cemetery: Oakdale, Middleton, MA

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.


Please accept our heartfelt sympathy at such a difficult time as this. Frank is going to be greatly missed by so many of the Middleton community. He had done so much for our town. He was a friend, former employer and an awesome Masi Meadow neighbor. Love ❤️ and prayers, Alice, Justin and Jason Tierney
Our sympathy to the Fitzgerald family. Had the pleasure of working with Frank as an administrator in Boxford, Middleton, Topsfield school district. He was an outstanding school person with kids as his major concern. The children and families from Middleton can be very pleased with the work that Frank did on their behalf. Also had a great experience serving with Frank as members of the Middleton Lion's Club. Education and community service were the major aspects of Frank's professional life. A great guy, he will be missed. Dick Dussault, Masconomet Regional School District
so sorry to about frank he was a dear friend to my mom rosamond bastable your family will be in my prayers Elizabeth bastable [Bessie]
Mr Fitzgerald was always a great guy to me personally and professionally. I remember him fondly from my days at Howe Manning. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. B LeBlanc
Our deepest sympathy goes to Pat & her family in the loss of Frank. The Community of Middleton has lost a great friend and neighbor. Our prayers are with his family now Rest In Peace The Popielski Family
My deep condolences to Frank's family. He was my Vice Principal at Burlington Junior H. S. many years ago. from retired math teacher in Burlington; Ed Chapdelaine
I always enjoyed spending time with Frank and enjoyed working on the new school with him. He was a wonderful man who did a lot for Middleton. My thoughts go out to his family. Michelle Fitzpatrick
Dear Pat and family, Mike and I are so sorry for your loss. Frank was a very good friend to all that knew him. Frank had such a keen since about him and his surroundings, people would say it couldn't be done and Frank would show them in a nice way it could be. We will always remember his and your friendship forever.He has done so much for many school children in this state. We will always remember all the good times we have had together with you and Frank. God Bless You and your family. Mike and Pat Mulligan.

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