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James Fitzpatrick

d. October 26, 2023

James Fitzpatrick

James (Jim) Fitzpatrick, 79, a longtime resident of Hanover, Massachusetts, passed away surrounded by loved ones on October 26, 2023.

Jim was born in Revere to the late John and Helen (Mahoney) Fitzpatrick. Jim married Ellen (Delaney) in 1973.  He is the father to three children, Ryan and his wife Bonnie (Samose) of Townsend, MA; Meghan Arnold and her husband Erik, of Lunenburg, MA; and Timothy (Tim) and his partner Sarah O’Brien of Whitman, MA. He was most proud of his role as Papa to his eight grandchildren: Rylan, Teagan, Caitlin, Maddison, Abby, Grady, Quinn and Zoe.

Jim and Ellen recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. While acknowledging that all lives have their ups and downs, they felt very fortunate to have gone through it all together. Jim graduated from Boston College in 1966 and worked in finance for 30 years. He started his career as an accountant and finished as a corporate bankruptcy specialist. Jim was always an avid sports fan. He enjoyed spending his weekends watching football on TV or going to the events of his grandchildren and extended family. These events included track and gymnastics meets, field hockey, football, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse, or dance recitals.

Jim felt very strongly about his volunteerism, especially after surviving a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2003.  At that time, Jim refocused his life and became very actively involved in his community through his work with the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and the South Shore YMCA.  He felt very strongly about these programs because he was a firm believer that making connections with others was essential to health and healing.  Jim was one of the founding members of The Partnership Program at The Y.  Through this program, Jim felt he was able to make a positive impact on the lives of others and felt his life was impacted as much, if not more, than those he was working with. Jim was known for forming bonds and friendships throughout his life. Shop owners throughout the area knew Jim well and were always excited to see him walk through the door. Jim has more friends than his family can even begin to understand.

Jim is the second of four boys. John of Lakeville MA;, Richard of Moultenborough, NH; and Robert (deceased). Jim is also survived by too many in-laws, nieces and nephews to count (while it might be too many for us to count, Jim would have no problem with this as he was always good with numbers). Jim’s large family did not seem to be enough for him, so he extended his family by loving many of his children’s friends, and their children, as much as he loved his own.

A special thank you to all the nurses at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Weymouth office, for the care, patience, laughs, kindness, and generosity.  And a special thank you to Dr. Nancy Kaddis and Dr. Cynthia Cullinane for their exceptional care and compassion for Jim.

Prior to his passing, Jim had an exciting weekend filled with laughter, love, family, and friends. He spent his last few days surrounded by the people he loved the most.

Visiting hours will be held at McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, 809 Main Street (across from South Shore Hospital) in South Weymouth, MA on Saturday November 4, 2023 from 1-5 pm. A private celebration of life and burial will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Brain Aneurysm Foundation of Hanover or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

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Visiting Hours

Saturday, November 4, 2023

1:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

McDonald KeohaneFuneral Home - South

809 Main Street, Weymouth, MA 02190

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