In Memory

Patrick Fitzgerald

     Mr. Patrick H. Fitzgerald 60, residence of Berkely California, passed away on September 29, 2002 at the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, California.

     Born in Monterey Park, California on February 2, 1942, Patrick was the second of nine children.  Raised in Santa Maria, he attended local schools and graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1959.  While attending Allen Hancock college he met his future wife, Sherry Haslam.  After marrying in 1961, they resided in Los Angeles and Santa Maria.  Patrick continued his education at UCSB and graduated in 1970 from UC Berkeley with his Masters in Art.

     Patrick enjoyed teaching courses in sculpture at the University of Kentucky as well as Allen Hancock College and San Francisco State University.  His artwork has been sold through several Bay Area galleries including the New Leaf Gallery of Berkeley and the former Hanson-Fuller Gallery of San Francisco.

     In 1985, Pat and Sherry returned to Berkeley where he worked as a Metal Fabricator/Sculptor for the past 17 years in association with prominent architects and artists as well as public arts commissions.  Patrick's exceptional personality and attention to detail blessed him with many wonderful associates who have become great friends.  Patrick's most memorable times were spent with his wife and children, and later grandchildren, as they vacationed in Baja, Mexico, camping and fishing along the Bahia de Conception for the past 30 years. Those adventures continued leading to a vacation home in Mulege, Baja Sur, where he also leaves behind many dear friends.  Patrick is survived by his wife Sherry and family members.  Friends, if they so desired could make donations to PanCAN, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.



 
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01/10/09 01:10 AM #1    

Ike Fujiwara

I have many fond memories of Patrick or "Fitzy". We shared an interest in things that went boom or whoosh and did a lot of crazy things....surprising that we didn't hurt ourselves or someone else. I remember for Senior "Ditch Day" we ditched the trip to Disneyland (or where-ever the seniors went) and went instead into the mountains east of Sisquoc looking for dynamite. In retrospect, we were lucky in that we didn't find any, but unfortunately Fitzy broke his ankle during the trip and went through graduation exercise on crutches. I believe his parents were not very happy with me after that. Fitzy was a very creative person and I still tell my friends stories of some of the interesting things he built and did. I regret that I never had a chance to see him after our freshman year at Cal Poly.

Ike Fujiwara

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