David F. Fitzgerald, age 88

of Hingham

David F. Fitzgerald, age 88

David F. Fitzgerald, age 88, of Hingham, formerly of Mashpee, Naples, Fla., Braintree, and Charlestown, died peacefully, Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Rose Court at Linden Ponds, in the comfort of his loving family.

David was born in Charlestown, to the late David F. and Loretta (Reardon) Fitzgerald. A true Townie, he was raised and educated there, and attended Charlestown High School.

He lived in Hingham for the past three years, previously in Mashpee and Naples, Fla., and earlier in Braintree for over forty years.

David was proud to have served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.

He was employed as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for forty-three years, spending his entire career at the Back Bay Post Office. He had been retired for many years. David was an official with the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch #34 for many years, serving as area steward, financial secretary, and secretary treasurer. In 1988, he was honored as “The Steward of the Decade” by the carriers and clerks of the Back Bay Annex at a banquet with Vince Sombreto, National President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, as the main speaker.

David was athletic and talented at sports. He was a quarterback for the Charlestown Crusaders in the Boston Park League, and also played softball into his forties at the “Oilie”. He was an avid golfer and a dedicated Boston sports fan.

Beloved husband for sixty-seven years of Joan C. (Sullivan) Fitzgerald.

Devoted father of Mary Beth Dunne and her fiancé Richard Hohol of Bloomingdale, Ill., Laura J. Fitzgerald of Danvers, Suzanne M. McLaughlin and her husband Gerard of Braintree.

Loving grandfather of Ryan Dunne, Katharine Jung and her husband Brandon, Daniel Fitzgerald Hughes, Kyle Edward McLaughlin, and Kelly Rose McLaughlin.

The last of seven siblings, he was predeceased by Thomas, George, and Edward Fitzgerald, Eleanor Mahoney, Marjorie McGonigle, and Robert Fitzgerald.

David is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, September 22, from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street, Braintree, on Thursday, September 22, at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Highland Cemetery, Dover.

For those who wish, donations in David’s memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 525 West Monroe Street, Suite 1510, Chicago, IL 60661.


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  • Larry and Mary send there condolences to Joan and families we loved Dave he had a great sense of humor and a true townie

  • I worked with Dave at the BackBay P.O for many yrs. I feel honored to have known him as a great friend. My condolences to the family. You will be missed Fitzy!

  • Laura so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I know how deeply you loved him. Prayers to you and your family. Love you, Marion

  • Rest In Peace Dave. I had the opportunity to golf with him and he gave the best advice I ever received concerning the contract. All Br.34 members owe him their gratitude

  • My condolences to the Fitzgerald family. Dave was the best union steward ever and a funny guy. He could tie down a route faster than anyone I knew but a lot of people wouldn’t know because he would be making people people laugh as he was doing it. May his memory be everlasting.

  • Laura, I am so, so, sorry to hear about your father passing away. I will pray for you and your family to get through this very difficult time. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!!! May your Dad rest in eternal peace.

  • Laura , I am so sorry to hear this. I wish you and your family the best during this time. Lots of prayers headed you way.


  • To my dear friend Laura,
    I just wanted to let you know how deeply sorry I am for your loss. My greatest condolences to you and your family during this tough time, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in everlasting peace.

  • I worked with Dave for many years, very knowledgeable, street smart and funny. A great guy who as shop steward helped a lot of people keep their jobs, got a lot of people second chances.