Edward J. Fitzgerald, 73, a longtime resident of Stoughton, died peacefully at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on Sunday, January 31, 2021. He was the husband of 53 years of Barbara J. (Coakley) Fitzgerald. Son of the late John J. and Lillian M. (Kelleher) Fitzgerald, he was born in Boston and raised in South Boston. Eddie was a graduate of South Boston High School, Class of 1965. He was a resident of Stoughton since 1977. He worked at the MBTA for 23 years, finishing as Supervisor of the Transmission & Distribution of the Power Department in 1991. He then worked for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority for 10 years.
Eddie was active in Stoughton Youth Athletics for many years, coaching both basketball and softball. Along with his longtime friend Dick Zanca, he coached the Stoughton High School Junior Varsity Softball Team before coaching the Foxboro High School Varsity Softball Team and West Bridgewater High School Varsity Softball Team for over 25 years. He was a softball umpire in Southeastern Massachusetts for many years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed trips to casinos, especially Foxwoods. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren's events.
In addition to his wife, Eddie is survived by his daughters, Susan M. Fitzgerald of Stoughton and Jill L. Fitzgerald Sullivan of Braintree, as well as his grandchildren, Patrick, Anna-Kate, Nolan and Madelyn Sullivan. He was the brother of Jeannie Cahill and her late husband Gerald of Dorchester, John Fitzgerald and his wife Kathleen of West Roxbury, the Very Reverend Richard W. Fitzgerald, V.F. of St. Columbkille Parish, Brighton and the late Gerard Fitzgerald and Mary Cass. He was the son-in-law of the late William and Marie Coakley of Hyde Park. He was the brother-in-law of Sandra Cummings and her husband Paul of West Roxbury and William Coakley and his wife Marjorie of California. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, funeral services are private. Interment will take place at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward's memory may be made to the Boys & Girls Club South Boston, 230 Sixth St., Boston, MA 02127.
Eddie's funeral mass may be viewed using the following link: https://youtu.be/diuZwJkA5CU