Joseph J. ‘Joe’ Fitzgerald

March 31, 2015

Joseph J. ‘Joe’ Fitzgerald
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

JOSEPH J. “JOE” FITZGERALD – of Woburn, Tuesday, March 31st. Beloved husband of Alice I. “Mel” (Ducey Applegate) Fitzgerald and the late Louise G. (Millett) Fitzgerald. Devoted father of Ann M. Seitsinger and her husband Raymond of Woburn, Irene L. McHugh of West Roxbury, and Joseph J. Fitzgerald, Jr. of Woburn, and step-father of Richard, Larry, Jimmy, Mary, and Michael Applegate, Kathy Rogers, Ellen Fiore, and Theresa Foschio. Dear brother of the late Mary Arruda. Cherished Papa of Mark and T.J. McHugh and great-grandfather of Madalyn McHugh. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, April 6th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Joe’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.

OBITUARY:

Joseph J. “Joe” Fitzgerald passed away after a brief illness and a short stay at the Lexington Health Care Center. The beloved husband of Alice I. (Ducey Applegate) “Mel” Fitzgerald and the late Louise G. (Millett) Fitzgerald, he was eighty-nine years of age.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Meade) Fitzgerald. Raised in Cambridge, he was educated there, graduating from Cambridge and Latin along with the Class of 1943. Immediately following high school Joe enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly and courageously served his country. His position as a Wireman and Telephone operator while in Central Europe and Rhineland brought him to being in and about enemy fire. Joe was awarded the Bronze Star by his Superiors, for his exceptional service to and for his country.

Following the War he returned home and began working for New England Telephone Company. Joe spent over thirty-five years of dedicated service there, retiring twenty-seven years ago.

In 1949 Joe married a lovely young lady, Louise Millett, whom he had met at a cookout shortly after his return home from the service. Together they brought three great children into the world. They purchased a home in the West side of Woburn and there they brought up their family. Hampton Beach, White Mountains or Lake Winnipesaukee for summer vacations were all at the top of the list. Winters were a favorite time of year for the Fitzgeralds as Joe was a superb skater and enjoyed every possible opportunity to don the skates and bring the kids. Be it Winter Pond, Horn Pond or various ice skating rinks, he would never miss an opportunity, carrying this great interest right into his eighties!

In 1992, sadly, Louise passed away. Joe continued being a significant part of his family, always enjoying his role as “Papa” and had a wonderful group of friends that he chummed with. Well, as luck would have it Joe was introduced to a wonderful woman named Alice Applegate. He asked the hostess for her number, and called her one year later! That was it! In 2000 they married, they danced every week at least once, walked everywhere and each year took two major trips abroad. Austria to Australia, Alaska to Hawaii, Spain, Ireland and France, they covered it all, enjoying every minute!

Alice had a family also, so with Joe’s three children and Alice’s eight children they have throughout the years enjoyed a houseful of family. Joe or “Papa”, as his moniker was in later years, was truly a wonderful man who embraced life and everyone in it whom he loved. All holidays were spent “all” together, Halloween Day Parade gatherings at their home (now in the South End), along with any and all celebrations of anyone in the now present family.

“Papa” led by example. A very bright articulate man throughout his lifetime there was nothing that he couldn’t do and if he couldn’t, it was never from lack of trying! This very gentle man enjoyed every day, appreciated and loved all who were dear to him and has left memories that exemplify and reflect all the harmony, love and blessings he shared throughout his life.

Joe had been a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War, Irish American Club and Knights of Columbus.

Joe was sadly predeceased by his wife, Louise, and his sister, Mary Arruda.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Alice; his children, Ann M. Seitsinger and her husband Raymond of Woburn, Irene L. McHugh of West Roxbury, and Joseph J. Fitzgerald, Jr. of Woburn; his step-children, Richard, Larry, Jimmy, Mary, and Michael Applegate, Kathy Rogers, Ellen Fiore, and Theresa Foschio; his grandchildren, Mark and T.J. McHugh; and his great-granddaughter, Madalyn McHugh.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, April 6th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Joe’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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  1. I met Joe on my trips from England to visit my friends Ann and Raymond. He was great company to be with and a very kind and warm person. It was obvious to me that he was a family man who was greatly loved. I feel lucky to have known him.
    Jean Orr
    Newcastle, England

  2. Dear Joe and Family, we are so sorry about your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Bob and Peggy Mahar

  3. To Mel, An angel brought you and Joe together for chapter two of your lives.
    He was a very kind and generous man, and will be greatly missed.
    With love and sympathy from near and far.
    Peter & Anne Gannon

  4. How lucky we were to have Joe come into our lives. We are so thankful he and Mom were blessed with 15 wonderful years of marriage. We will miss him. XO

    Rich & Lauren Applegate
    Charlotte, NC

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