Gerald Hugh Fitzgerald, 73, of Inverness, Florida peacefully passed away, on Monday, January 11th, 2021 at Vitas Health Care in Lecanto, Florida.
Born on March 6, 1947 in Houston, Texas , to the proud parents of Herman Hugh and Venice Estell (Puckett) Fitzgerald. Gerald was raised in Houston, Texas and lived there until he moved to Inverness, Florida with his mother, in the later 80's, to live with his close cousin, Carmon and her husband, Robert E. McManigell. Gerald was a people person, he enjoyed life, loved to fish, enjoyed raising cattle while living in Texas, enjoyed traveling, and he adored his family. He will be remembered as a wonderful son, nephew, cousin, and as a friend to mostly everyone that knew him.
At a young age, Gerald accepted Jesus Christ, and was baptized in the Houston Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
Gerald attended Milby High School in Houston, Texas being a member of the Class of 1965.
Gerald is survived by his cousin Carmon, her husband and special friend, Sam Altman of Ocala, Florida; his first cousin’s Virginia Fitzgerald, Gary Fitzgerald, Randy Fitzgerald all of Palestine, Texas; cousin’s Robert Lee (Gloria) McManigell of Decatur IL; Lesa M. Vale (Richard) of Monterey, California; Nina M. Reynolds, of Decatur, IL; Rose L Harris (James) of Cincinnati, Ohio; Glenna McManigell, Hernando, Florida and a host of distant cousins, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, many Aunt’s, Uncle’s, Cousin’s, his special friend’s, Robert E. (Mack) McManigell, Don Reynolds, and cousin, Michael Shayne McManigell.
Gerald left a legacy of many memories, and to those who shall choose to remember the vision of his contagious smile. He will be profoundly missed but shall never be forgotten.
Private burial services will held at Roseland Park Cemetery in Palestine, Texas, services shall be officiated by his 1st cousin, Reverend Randy Fitzgerald. Gerald will be laid to rest next to his Mother and Father. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that you say a special prayer in remembrance of Gerald.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Arbor Trails Nursing Home, the Doctors and Nurses at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida, and Vitas Health Care in Lecanto, Florida. for the special care they gave to Gerald.
Obituary written by the family. Arrangements handled by Heinz Funeral Home in Inverness, Florida and Bailey Foster Funeral Home in Palestine, Texas.