Obituaries – 10/25/2019
Oct. 9, 2019– Feb. 26, 1932
George Marion Fitzpatrick, 87, of Venice, Florida, formerly of Marion and Ironton, passed away Oct. 9, 2019 at Sunset Lake Health and Rehab Center in Venice, Florida.
Mr. Fitzpatrick, a native of Ashland, Kentucky, was born Feb. 26, 1932, a son to the late Thomas Young Fitzpatrick and Agnes (VanHoose) Fitzpatrick. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; three sisters; a great-grandson, Reid Thomas Fitzpatrick; and his wife of 60 years, Joyce (Ferrel) Fitzpatrick, whom he married July 2, 1955.
Mr. Fitzpatrick graduated from Ashland High School in 1950 and was a member of the National Guard in Kentucky, Texas and Florida, for which he was honored earlier this year. He was a Mason and member of the Elks Lodge 32 in Marion, where in 1972, he was elected to the highest office. He was an avid golfer and animal lover. The family always had multiple pets including dogs, cats, birds, and a horse.
George started his career in the telecommunications industry in 1955, hiring on with Automatic Electric, a job which would entail several years of travel. His first assignment took him to Texas, then Florida, where the couple’s first son, Thomas, was born and many stops along the east coast including North Carolina, the birthplace of their second son, Mark.
George, a talented technician was soon offered a job with GTE that would bring him back to southern Ohio. Promotions followed and he ended his career with GTE in Engineering Special Services Supervision in Marion. Soon thereafter, George and Joyce retired to Venice, Florida in 1992, where they resided together until Joyce’s death in 2015.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas Richey Fitzpatrick and wife, Laurie, of Christiana, Tennessee, and Mark Alan Fitzpatrick and Cynthia Wall, of Marion; a brother, James Fitzpatrick of Jeffersonville, Indiana; two grandchildren, Tyler Fitzpatrick and his wife, Stephanie, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, and Emily Fitzpatrick of North Bergen, New Jersey; and a great- granddaughter, Ava Fitzpatrick, of Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, with Rev. Dave Lambert. Burial will follow in Sugar Creek Cemetery and visitation will be Saturday, 11 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.
To offer the Fitzpatrick’s condolences, please visit www.phillipsfuneralhome.net
Tracy M. Gartin, 49, of Milton, West Virginia, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Betty Gartin. Services will be held at a later date.
Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, assisted the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.
Katherine “Tommie” Elswick Fannin died on Oct. 22, 2019, after an extended illness at Kingsbrook Lifecare Center.
No viewing or services will be held at this time. A private family service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Community Hospice of Ashland, Kentucky at 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101 or to Alzheimer’s Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.