Beverly — Kevin S. Fitzgerald, 62, of Beverly, formerly of Manchester-by-the-Sea and Gloucester, passed away, surrounded by his family, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House after a brief illness.
Kevin was born in Cambridge on June 1, 1950, the son of the late John and Mary (Bent) Fitzgerald. He moved with his family to Beverly shortly after birth and then to Miami, for several years, before moving to Manchester in 1962. Kevin attended school at Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School before transferring to St. Peters Boys High School where he was a member of the first graduating class of 1969.
He joined the U.S. Army in February 1970 and served in Vietnam as a helicopter aircraft mechanic and crew chief in Delta Company, 158th Aviation Battalion, stationed at Camp Evans in northern Vietnam. After a year in Vietnam, Kevin was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as a crew chief and EMT in one of the units that pioneered the use of helicopters for emergency medical evacuation services for both military and civilian personnel.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Kevin returned to Manchester and joined the Manchester Police force where he served for seven years. He was appointed a reserve officer on the Gloucester Police force in 1976. He transferred to Gloucester in 1979 where he served until retiring as a Sergeant in 1992. Since retiring from law enforcement, Kevin has been a private investigator, a lobster fisherman, and most recently he founded and managed a landscaping service.
Throughout his life, Kevin has been an active outdoorsman, sharing his outdoor adventures with family and friends in every season of the year. An avid and accomplished hunter and fisherman, his greatest joy was introducing his children, nieces and nephews to the beauty of nature during numerous hiking, mountain climbing, canoeing and camping trips.
Kevin is survived by his wife, Salma; daughter, Kelly and her husband, Al Thompson; grandchildren London and Hudson of Broomfield, Colo.; daughter, Kara of Thornton, Colo.; step-son, Gustavo San Andres of Tewksbury; step-daughter, Susan and her husband, Peter Colon; grandchildren, Gabriela and Olivia of Tewksbury; sister, Jean and her husband, Lenny Capello of Manchester-by-the-Sea; brother, Jim of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; brother, Dave of Essex. Kevin was pre-deceased by his sister, Carole and brothers, Jack and Brian.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 62 School St., Manchester, Saturday, January 5, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly (North Beverly location), Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Kevin’s memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.