Walter D. Fitzgerald Jr.

a retired teacher, coach and referee, died Thursday March 18 at Physicians Regional Medical Center, Naples, FL. He was 87 years old.

Born in Boston, he was a graduate of Boston College High School (1940), Boston College (1944) and Boston University, Masters in Education (1953). Mr. Fitzgerald served in the United States Navy during World War II and Korea. He attended Notre Dame in the Naval Academy program, graduating as a Lieutenant JG and was a member of the Naval Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Commander.

Mr. Fitzgerald was a retired physical education teacher for the Boston Public Schools. He also coached hockey, football and baseball at Boston Trade High School and Madison Park High School.

He was a resident of Dorchester for over 80 years, winter resident of Countryside in Naples for 23 years and very active in many groups and organizations. Walter was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Dorchester Lower Mills, Council 180; member of the Dorchester Veterans of Foreign Wars; member emeritus of the Norfolk Golf Club in Westwood, MA; member of the Massachusetts High School Hall of Fame; professional football referee in the AFL, NFL and for Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC); past president of the Gridiron Club; and member of the Pikes Peak Club.

Beloved husband of the late Ann (Martin) Fitzgerald. Loving father of Elaine M. Greene of Whitman, Joan A. Fitzgerald of Roslindale and Walter D. Fitzgerald III of West Roxbury.  Brother of Thomas Fitzgerald of Quincy and Marie McSweeney of Norwood. Loving grandfather of Julie, Andrea, Carolyn, Daniel, Liam and Fiona. Great-grandfather of Victoria, Courtney and Keegan. Walter is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Gregory Church, Dorchester, Wednesday, March 24 at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St, DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, Tuesday 4-8 PM. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter’s memory may be made to Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA 02125.