Tom Fitzgerald, age 71, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton.
A Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 AM, on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Inurnment will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Thomas Eldon Fitzgerald was born August 14, 1947 in Yankton, South Dakota to James and Marie (Clary) Fitzgerald. He attended special education at Garfield School and spent the rest of his life in Yankton living a full life. Over the years, Tom worked for Modern Cleaners, Fantle's, Vandermeer's Bakery, Cotton Oil and Robinson-Ehret Motors. He was always ready to lend a helping hand. Tom was an active member of the Yankton Sertoma Club and recently received Sertoman of the Year. He was also a Knight of Columbus and a volunteer for bingo night. He enjoyed watching Yankton sports, Wheel of Fortune, and always kept up on the national and local news. Tom was a huge supporter of the Bucks and Gazelles, attending nearly every game. Tom also enjoyed bowling and played league for many years. He was a friend to many and will be greatly missed.
Tom is survived by his two brothers: Jeff (Maryangela) Fitzgerald of Weston, FL and Matt Fitzgerald of Yankton; one sister, Jean Fitzgerald of Rancho Murieta, CA; four nieces and nephews: Brianna, Scarlett, Mike and Avery; and many friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
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God Bless to you and your family. You were the best friend to all that knew you Tom . May you look down at all of us and keep us saved Every day I drive down town to the ford dealership I will think of Tom . May he Rest In Peace
Tammy k Zoss Zwanziger
Tom you ment a lot to yankton and you will forever be missed! Rest in Paradise my friend !!!!
Jenn Masterson (walmart)
Dear Tom's family & extended family, Sincere condolences in the loss of dear Tom! No more pain, he's earned his Angel Wings with pride! He was one of a kind! What a legend in Yankton! He will surely be missed. I find comfort that I was able to see him the end of July while he was alert & to get some beautiful smiles from him.
God Bless you all.
Rest in Peace Dear Tom.
Katie Boom & Mother in Spirit.
To the family of Tom Fitzgerald we wish our condolences for a very fine man - with a smile on his face and wishing everyone the best in life. We our family have numerous memories we remember of Tom and he will truly be missed.
Janet & Gail Sohler
What a wonderful man. Tom was always at the ready to help my sister or me with our car in the winter months. He was the kindest individual and a treasure to Yankton. REST IN PEACE
Yankton won't be the same not being able to run into Tom and have a chat. Rest In Peace Peace Tom. Prayers to all your family.
To Tom's family. We are truly sorry for your loss. He was a very special man, who always had a smile for everyone. He was someone we always looked forward to seeing when we were in Yankton. He will be missed by so many people. He was truly an ambassador of Yankton. Rest in Peace Tom.
Merlin & Marilyn Lillie
Tom was an Angel always watching over my aging father. He had no idea how much I appreciated his watchful caring eye and the many times he followed my father home because he worried about him. Our Families Deepest Sympathies to Your Family!
My sympathies to all who loved Tom. I feel blessed to be able to say I was one of his MANY friends and co-workers. The world's a better place because of his kind heart and wonderful sense of humor!
Julie Edelman Hartmann
Rest in Peace, Tom. And my condolences to your family.
Paul Baker, Winneconne, WI
Blessings to you, Tom, and your family and many fiends! Tom always had a ready smile, wave and kind greetings for everyone he met. He was a generous wonderful man who always made everyone better for having known him. God bless you Tom.
Our condolences to Tom's family. He became your friend from the moment of first meeting. And every day, he made the world a better place.
Jane and Max Hawk
Tom was the kindest human being I've ever met. Always smiling and helpful if he could be. The world lost a treasure. Rest in peace Tom. You were loved.
Tom was such a shining light in the Yankton community. He knew everyone, and everyone knew him. My parents so enjoyed visiting with him. He truly made Yankton a better place to live.
Pam Cimpl Tiede
Tom, we had met several times in the Yankton area. He was always a kind man to us, and seemed to be willing to help us in any way he could. I remember him filling my car with gas at Cotton Oil. Always a friendly fellow. We are sure he will be missed greatly in the Yankton area. Our Deepest Sympathy to the family.
Janet & Ron Burbach
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family and all his many friends. Tom was a great and helping friend for any needs you might need help with. A great employee and kind an gentle person. Their wasn't a person he did not know.
Corriene and Ellef Jordahl
I will miss seeing Tom around town when I come back for a visit. I'm so glad that he made it to our last class reunion. RIP Tom...
i will miss you at walmart and talking to you about everything under the sun
Jeff, Matt & Jean, Our thoughts are with all of you. Tom was such a good person. Always ready to help and interested in our family. We will miss him. Leta & Chuck Levinger.
Jean, Matt and Jeff... Sorry for your loss. Enjoyed talking to Tom since the old days on Maple Street on through many recent visits to Yankton. Got to chat with him this summer. Enjoyed running into him through the years. I know many will miss him along with me.
Rest in Peace
My condolences to Tom's family. Know that Tom will be greatly missed in Yankton and by his classmates in the Class of 1965. I will miss Tom and his warm smile. May he rest in peace
Patricia Snyder Lucas
I worked with Tom for a short time at Robinson Ehret where he made every day interesting and fun. I considered him a friend. RIP Tom
We miss you Tommy. Heaven has gained a kind gentle soul.
Gary & Mary Lohff
If this world could have more Tommy Fitzgerald's , it would be a better place. He was the kindest human being I have known.
Judy Whisler Botti
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