James M. Fitzpatrick, 55
James M. Fitzpatrick, 55, of Wilton, CT passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family the evening of October 13th. He fought courageously against brain cancer for 11 years. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Anne Farley Fitzpatrick. He is a son of Jean Edwards Fitzpatrick of Summit, NJ and his late father, John P. Fitzpatrick. He is also survived by his sons Jack F. Fitzpatrick of San Francisco, CA, together with his wife Juliana, and Danny Fitzpatrick of Wilton. Jim leaves behind his sister and brother- in-law, Anne and Peter Getz of Greenwich, CT, and his two brothers, John and Peter Fitzpatrick both of Brooklyn, NY. He is also survived by his uncle, Matthew Fitzpatrick and many cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Jim was born in Summit, NJ on May 20, 1958. In his early years Jim was known for his love of sports, most notably football, karate and motocross racing. He was a 1976 graduate of Summit High School. He then went on to attend St. Lawrence University, graduating Cum Laude with a BA in Government in 1980. While at St. Lawrence, Jim was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. During that time he put his gregarious personality to work as the Alpha Tau Omega Social Chairman and also held other leadership roles on the campus events committee.
Following his graduation from St. Lawrence, Jim began a lifelong career in commercial real estate at the Lincoln Property Company in New York. During this time he also graduated from NYU Stern Business School with an MBA. He then went on to work for TIAA-CREF and would eventually join Deutsche Bank and later JP Morgan in various executive leadership roles. In the business world, Jim was recognized for his intellect, work ethic and integrity.
Jim was known for his passion for the outdoors and was an avid bicyclist, fisherman, hunter, windsurfer, kite surfer and skier. He was also renowned for his love of music and live concerts, especially The Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones. Jim and his family spent many happy family vacations in Cape Cod and Jackson Hole.
He was a wonderful husband, father, son and brother who loved spending time with family, and he will be greatly missed. A memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilton on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center “Neuro-Oncology research fund” c/o Dr. Lisa DeAngelis, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065 or online: at http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR/Events/GivingSite?pxfid=33100&fr_id=1580&pg=fund).