David Fitzgerald passed away Friday, July 6, 2012 at home with his family by his side after a short battle with cancer.
David was born September 25, 1935, the oldest son of Walter “Bud” and Edris Fitzgerald.
He attended public schools in Bellingham, WA and spent two years at Western Washington University before going to the University of Washington where he received a B.A. in Business Administration. He worked for Sherman-Williams until he had to take over his father’s painting business. He worked on fishing boats to finance his education.
In 1966, he decided he’d really rather be teaching, and David went back to Western for a one-year teaching certificate and his Master’s Degree. It was while he was doing this, he met his future wife, Alice. They discovered they were both going to be starting their teaching careers in Sedro-Woolley where their friendship turned into a romance. They were married on June 6, 1969. David got both a wife and a teenage daughter, Lisa, at the same time.
David taught at Mary Purcell School for thirty years. During that time, they acquired five grandsons, Blaine, Cody, Wyatt, Tucker and d’Artagnon, and granddaughter, Morgan Elizabeth.
He loved teaching, encouraging his students to be the very best people they could be, and to do well in the world.
David was active in his local Sedro-Woolley Education Association and served for several years on the Washington Education Association (WEA) Board working for better student education.
He served on the Washington State Salary Commission as well as being chairman of the building committee when WEA sold it’s old building in downtown Seattle and moved, but his main interest was teaching kids. His classroom had the first elementary computer lab, where students learned to program on the old Texas Instruments with black and white TVs as monitors.
David was a wonderful and loving grandfather. He lived for those kids and they returned his love.
David is survived by his wife, Alice, at the family home, with his daughter, Li Gold living nearby, his six grandchildren, two granddaughters-in-law, and six great grandchildren. Grandchildren are Blaine and his wife, Chrissi Boisvert, two great grandchildren, Alexis and Jordyn; Cody and his wife, Jessica Sedgewick, four great grandchildren, Naomi, Sawyer, Sadie and soon to be here, Hudson; Morgan Sedgewick; Wyatt and Tucker Russ; and not least, d’Artangnon Schneider. He has one brother, Danny and his wife, Vonnie Fitzgerald, and their daughters Tracy and her husband Mike, and Kathy and her husband, Phil, and eight great nieces and nephews, and one special sister-in-law, Mavis Scott, of Acme, WA.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:30, Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the family home, 12447 Rainier Drive, Burlington