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|Leo Gregory Fitzpatrick|
|Service: December 31, 2018 (Monday) at 12:00 p.m.|
Location: St. Mary's Church, 520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20852
Leo Gregory Fitzpatrick (Greg) of Lancaster, PA and then most recently back home to Rockville, Md., departed this life peacefully surrounded by his family and a very large number of his dear friends. Greg was born June 30, 1957 to Eugene Joseph and Norma Mayberry Fitzpatrick. Greg was predeceased about two years ago by his beautiful, gifted and beloved wife Mary Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (Betsy) as well as his two cherished brothers, James (in 1975) and Donald (in 2001).
Greg is survived by his siblings: Pamela Lawing (Steve), Joe Fitzpatrick (Jeannie), Deborah Fitzpatrick (predeceased by Kevin Grubby), Brenda Bean (Johnny), Paul Fitzpatrick (Becky) and Jennifer Greenville (Steve), as well as nieces: Shannon, Meghan, Kaitlin and Julianne. Nephews: Tally, Tony, Kevin, Justin, Joey, Mikey, Sean, Brandon, Johnny, James and Thomas. He is also survived by his only living uncle, Dick Fitzpatrick.
Greg's first eighteen years were spent in Rockville where he attended Hungerford Elementary, Julius West Junior HS and Richard Montgomery HS. It was during this time that the "Crew" was formed, too many to list here. You guys know who you are! This group is still intact today and was the source of constant joy to our brother.
Greg was the fifth of nine children, squarely in the middle of the pack. Big Gene (Dad) found a pretty cool restaurant down on the Rockville Pike many years ago that was named "Rio Grande" and fairly well known in this small town. Mom and Dad enjoyed it so much that almost all nine of the kids ended up working there (indentured servants!) at different points in time. Getting to work was always a challenge, but our parents would fight each other for the privilege of picking us at the end of the night because it always meant a cold beer and plate of delicious enchiladas to whomever picked us up. That experience of working there served Greg and all his siblings, well in that all of us still love good Mexican food.
Summers for Greg were spent at Hungerford swimming pool, Falls included peewee football at Dogwood, then high school football, proms and homecomings. Greg was in his glory with his crew and anytime there was a group that he could entertain with his sharp wit and ebullient personality. Greg knew no strangers... within minutes of meeting him you knew he lived very large.
After high school, Greg enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was trained as an air traffic controller, with duty ports of call in Honolulu Hawaii, Pax River Station and 13 brief months at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He was honorably discharged in 1980.
He then embarked on his real world working career. His first career stop was as Maitre d' at the Palm Restaurant in Washington DC. This was the only steak house in DC at the time and it catered to Washington’s movers and shakers, including members of Congress, military brass, hot shot lobbyists etc. It was there that Greg's knack for handling huge egos with great aplomb was in full blossom. The owners of those oversized egos most surely met their match with our amazing brother Greg.
Greg’s life took a dramatic turn, all for the better, when he met and then married Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Fitzpatrick. Betsy immediately was one of us. With Betsy, they purchased and ran The Boxwood Inn Bed and Breakfast in Akron, Pa. from 2000 until 2016. Greg was the skilled labor... lacking only in skill. Greg and Betsy were amazing and kind hosts at their 200 year old Inn. We are all blessed with many fond memories of the Boxwood Inn and countless crab feasts, weddings and spontaneous celebrations.
Betsy's untimely passing in September 2016 forever left a void in all our hearts, but Greg simply lost his spark with her passing. We ache at the loss of our brother, but we know that he is reunited not just with his lovely wife Betsy, but also with his brothers and parents who predeceased him. His 61 years of life shone very brightly, if not as long as all of us would have liked. He is now at home and in peace. We are grateful for that fact, as we are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love shown by so many of Greg’s very dear friends these last years.
Greg was, is, an intelligent, free spirited, fun loving fiercely devoted Catholic, Husband, Son, Brother and perhaps most endearing, a friend to all.
In his memory, he might have us tip a Gran Marnier and go on a walk (long or short) or watch the Wizard of Oz.
We'll always love and miss him. God-Speed, our Brother!
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