Paul Fitzpatrick Obituary

Paul E. Fitzpatrick

Paul Fitzpatrick Obituary

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Date of Birth:
Monday, August 5, 1929
Date of Death:
Friday, February 10, 2023
Age:
93 years old
Date of Birth:
Monday, August 5, 1929
Date of Death:
Friday, February 10, 2023
Age:
93 years old

Paul E. Fitzpatrick

Paul Edward Fitzpatrick, 93, died Feb. 10, 2023, at Cottagewood Senior Community. He was born Aug. 5, 1929, in Rochester, MN, to Daniel and Clara (Elliott) Fitzpatrick.

Paul graduated from Rochester High School 1947. He was married to Marion Brehmer from 1949 until her death in 1967. He was married to Joanne “Jo” White from 1969 until her death in 2002. He was married to Helen Yule from 2003 until her death in 2017.

Paul belonged to Operating Engineers Local 49. He worked in the construction field and owned Fitz’s Crane Service for 15 years. He raced stock cars for over 20 years. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, riding dune buggies, snowmobiling and traveling. His favorite place to travel was Aruba. He was a fun-loving, happy-go -lucky man, even winning “funniest man on ship” on cruises he went on.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by fiancée, Lou Gander; sons: James, Craig and Jerry Fitzpatrick; daughters: Gail White-Lyons and Terry Snyder; brother, Joe Fitzpatrick; son-in-law, Doug Murphy, and daughter-in-law, Sarah Fitzpatrick.

He is survived by his children: Mike Fitzpatrick (Linda Weiberg) of Mazeppa, Terri Murphy of Dodge Center, Jodi (Dick) Hodge of Rochester, Sheila Haskin of Kasson, Jeff Fitzpatrick (Kris Filstrup) of Blaine, Val (Brad) Felske of Largo, FL, and Bob Fitzpatrick of Lombaard IL; sister, Marian Heins of Rochester; sister-in-law, Ann Fitzpatrick of Rochester; daughters-in-law: Kelly Fitzpatrick of Rochester, and Sandy Fitzpatrick of Pine Island; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

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Visitation will be in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester on Wed., Feb 15, from 4-7pm. A service of remembrance will be held on Thurs., Feb 16, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester at 1:00 pm with visitation one hour prior to the service.

A special thank you to Cottagewood #5 and Season’s Hospice for the wonderful care and love our father got from the staff. Prefer memorials to Season’s Hospice.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com

Condolences

The family of Paul E. Fitzpatrick has received the following condolences.

We were so very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Always had enjoyable time being around Paul, whether it was in racing or business. He always had a smile and laugh. He will surely be missed by all. Godspeed Paul. May your memories be of some comfort at this sad time.

— Phil & Pam Prusak
Added on February 15, 2023

Sincere Sympathy, prayers & lots of hugs go out to Paul-(aka “Short Shit #1)- who they had to build up his seat in order for him to drive the stock car! Will always treasure the memories of the trips etc. etc. Paul was a true icon to so many & definitely will not be forgotten! Hugs- Helen Reiland

— Helen Reiland
Added on February 15, 2023

Paul Fitzpatrick a legend in stock car racing. He drove the wheels off of the old HUDSON COUPES. There was not many that could beat that combination. The old flat heads would scream around the Rochester Track. Dave Noble – Ole Brua – Leroy Scharkey- Mert Williams and there were a lot more. Sunday racing at the Rochester Fair Grounds was a great tradition. Recently we lost a couple more of the old drivers—Dave Noble and his 1939 Chevrolet Coupe. My hat goes off to Paul Fitzpatrick for his racing ability. Thanks Paul for your ability to race and leave some good memories. May GOD Bless and keep you. Prayers for Paul and his family and friends.

— Robert E Adams & Judith Adams (Senior Softball Player 85 Yrs Old)
Added on February 14, 2023

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I have memories of visiting Paul and his family with my dad when I was a very young child.My thoughts and prayers are with you,may he rest in peace.

— Betty Fitzpatrick
Added on February 14, 2023

Paul was a great guy on and off the track. We had many great times together!!

Tuck (Ed) Swenson

Swenson Brothers Racing #14 and#15

— Ty Swenson
Added on February 13, 2023

Paul was a great guy on and off the track. We had many great times together!!

Tuck (Ed) Swenson

Swenson Brothers Racing #14 and#15

— Ty Swenson
Added on February 13, 2023

Paul was a great guy on and off the track. We had many great times together!!

Tuck (Ed) Swenson

Swenson Brothers Racing #14 and#15

— Ty Swenson
Added on February 13, 2023

I am sorry for your loss. I can remember watching Paul race at Kasson and in Rochester. I remember having out with Jerry Fitzpatrick, and babysitting for Mike Fitzpatrick’s kids when they were really small. What a fun and great family.

— Kerry Lynn Finstad
Added on February 11, 2023

My condolences to all the family. So sorry Muke to hear of your Dad’s passing. May you & your siblings find comfort in remembering good times. He has many friends/ relatives to join. Blessings & Sympathy Your old babysitter Mary Fran (Griffin) Gillich 🙏❤️

— Mary Fran Gillich
Added on February 11, 2023