Ogunquit, ME — Martin Michael Fitzgerald, Jr., 78, of Ogunquit, died Tuesday night, January 28, 2014, at Huntington Common in Kennebunk following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born on Tower Hill in Lawrence, MA on November 4, 1935, a son of Martin Michael Fitzgerald, Sr., and Elizabeth (McAloon) Fitzgerald. He attended the A.B. Bruce Grammar School, Lawrence High School, and Burdett College in Boston. He was an account analyst for AT & T in North Andover for 35 years. During this time he was an advisor for Junior Achievement for several years. His group of young people won company and national awards.
Martin was a member of St. Augustine’s Parish on Tower Hill, Lawrence. He was very much involved with parish and school activities. He was a member of the Holy Name Society.
Martin’s proudest accomplishment was his many years of dedicated service to The Rev. James T. O’Reilly, OSA, Division 8, Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). He served as Recording Secretary of the Division, Dinner Dance Chairman and Member of the Executive Board. Martin was named “Irishman of the Year” in 1970 by the division. In 2012, he was presented with his 50 year pin.
The family vacationed in Ogunquit, Maine in the early sixties and subsequently moved there. They opened a business, Perkins Cove Candies, in 1980. The children have now expanded the business to three sites in the area. Upon retirement, Martin opened The Whistling Oyster Shop in Perkins Cove. The shop specialized in fine jewelry, Murano glass and canvas bags. Martin retired from this business in 2008.
In the winter of 2000, Martin started going to Sanibel Island, Florida where he was a member of the bike club. He loved the area and his family joined him for wonderful vacations.
Martin’s hobbies included gardening, which he loved, creating particularly beautiful areas in his yard and patio. He also expanded this talent to the various shops with elaborate pot arrangements which were greatly admired.
Martin enjoyed his grandchildren, following their achievements, attending their sports events, and engaging in interesting conversations with them. He was a proud grandfather.
Martin was a member of Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary’s Church in Wells, Maine. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was predeceased by a brother, Robert P. Fitzgerald.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Fay Irene (Thornton) Fitzgerald of Ogunquit; two sons, Martin M. Fitzgerald III of New York City, Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald and wife, Donna, of York, ME; two daughters, Amy E. Forbes and husband, V. Matthew Forbes, of Ogunquit, ME, Erin F. Peters and husband, Ryan, of Wells, ME; two brothers, Richard P. Fitzgerald of Boston, MA, and Gerald T. Fitzgerald of Wells, ME; six grandchildren, Jared and Corina Fitzgerald, Vander and Cole Forbes, Ryan Jr., and Drew Peters.
The Fitzgerald family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and thanks to the wonderful and caring staff at Huntington Common (Reminiscence) for their loving care of Martin.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be on Sunday, February 2, 2014, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, Wells. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary’s Church, 236 Eldridge Road, Wells. Spring burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, North Andover, MA. Should friends choose, memorial donations in his name may be made to: York Hospice, 127 Long Sands Road, York, ME 03909; and The Alzheimer's Association – Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, P.O. Box 910, Wells, ME 04090. www.bibberfuneral.com.