With appreciation for a life well-lived, the family of Hugh Fitzpatrick of Saint John, cherished husband of Carol (Hébert) Fitzpatrick sadly announce his sudden passing which occurred on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born on January 8, 1943 in Saint John, he was the son of the late Hugh Gerard and Margaret Dorothy (Hogan) Fitzpatrick.
Hugh was always proud of being born and raised in Saint John, however, this was not to be outmatched by his passion for his Irish heritage. Hugh contributed to his community in numerous ways over the years but most notedly, he was a respected Funeral Director who served Saint John for 47 years at his family funeral home, Fitzpatrick’s. Hugh always took great comfort in his Catholic faith and was a regular at Mass. He was a lover of all things Irish and looked forward to St. Patrick’s Day each year (only 128 days to go, Hugh). He served as Past President of the Saint John St. Patrick’s Society and continued as a director. Hugh was also an active member of the Irish Canadian Cultural Association and his favourite watering hole was O’Leary’s. He was a Past Faithful Navigator (Knights of Columbus), a former chairman of the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission, an avid horseman, Saint John City Councillor from 1989-1992, was active with the funeral directors convention of 1981, a member of the Liberal Party and in past years he volunteered tirelessly with the Boys & Girls Club of Saint John. Hugh enjoyed travelling, especially to Boston and always treasured his “boys” trip to Ireland. Most of all, Hugh adored those he loved and his service, generosity and kindness will be forever remembered by all who knew him.
In addition to his beloved wife, Carol, Hugh will be lovingly remembered by his children, Hugh Gregory Fitzpatrick of Ontario and Mary Colleen Woodhouse (Paul) of Saint John; step-children, Janice Crilley-Mason (Dino Pasqualetto) of Saint John, Elizabeth Gorman (Jeremiah Percival) of Whitehorse, Yukon and Harry Gorman of Saint John; sister, Mary A. Gorman; special nieces, Margaret McGuire (Steve) and Kathleen Gorman both of Saint John; adored grandchildren, Kaitie, Tanner, Raven, Luna, Myles and Aengus; great-granddaughter, Jessa; along with his large extended family who he loved dearly.
Resting at Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424) with visiting on Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. All are welcome and guests are asked to enter the funeral home using the courtyard entrance, where staff will greet and assist you with Covid-19 protocol. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 91 Waterloo, Street, Saint John on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Covid-19 restrictions being strictly followed. To maximize the number of attendees for the service, relatives and friends are asked to please notify the Cathedral, listing everyone’s name and phone number who will be seated together within the same “bubble” via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday at 5:00 PM. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed and can be viewed by visiting Hugh’s obituary on Brenan’s website. Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
For those who wish, remembrances made to the Cathedral Restoration Project Phase II, Rocmaura Foundation or Outflow Ministries would be appreciated by the family.