Terence E. ‘Terry’ Fitzpatrick was born on November 5, 1948 in Wilmington to Helen (Kowalski) and William Fitzpatrick. Terry graduated from Salesianum in 1966 and Allentown College (now De Sales University) in 1970. He is survived by his loving wife Jane (Lemon), his daughter Susan Burris (Scott) and his 3 grandchildren Preston Michael, Audrey Jane, and his namesake Rence Ryan. Terence is now united with his beloved son Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick who predeceased him in June 2003.
Terry grew up with 3 brothers who all survive him: Francis Fitzpatrick (Amelia), William (Marie) and Joseph (Laura). He was close with his extended bunch of Lemons and their families. He dearly loved his numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of his family.
Terry was an educator. Working first in the City of Wilmington camps with his wife Jane in the summers, and then teaching at St. Hedwig’s Catholic School. He always said his favorite grade to teach was 6th, which his daughter Susan will never understand. Later, he settled at Clarence Fraim Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington where he spent over 30 years. He made a difference in the lives of both the kids and adults who he encountered during his long career.
Terry loved history and shared that love with his daughter and grandson Preston. Their favorite movie about World War II was Patton. Terry was an amateur photographer and earned the nickname ‘Pop Pop-razzi’ because of the many photos he took of his grandkids. One of Terry’s best traits was his love for ALL genres of music, even country in recent years. He especially loved the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and two of his newest favorites were Dua Lipa and Lizzo.
Terry was a wonderful father and grandfather. He always had time for a late night treat or a night walk. He supported his children and truly allowed them to fully embrace who they were meant to be. Terry showed his love by always offering to give money or help pay for anything his children or grandchildren needed. Yearly beach trips for the extended family were an example of his generosity. He loved spending a hot day in the sun at the beach.
Terry loved his wife Jane who was absolutely devoted to his care these last few years. He was a man of few words, but he always wanted her to be taken care of and happy.
Terry just wanted us all to be happy and would not want a fuss made over him. This is perhaps his best trait. He will always be cherished and remembered as a quiet guy who gave to others unconditionally. He will be missed dearly, but he has earned his rest and reunion with Michael Ryan.
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