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Francis Fitzpatrick

Francis Fitzpatrick

November 23, 1937 July 14, 2019

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Obituary for Francis T. Fitzpatrick

Tom Fitzpatrick was a serial enthusiast. His passions came and went, but never before he had shared them with those he loved. Birding, cars, wildlife and wildflowers, the Adirondacks, peonies, the Philadelphia Eagles, CB West Football, folk music, the history of WWII and the art of Andrew Wyeth were among his passions, along with his love for his devoted wife, Virginia, better known as Jinki.

Tom was born Francis Tompkins Fitzpatrick on the 23rd day of November 1937 to Florence Tompkins Fitzpatrick and Francis J. Fitzpatrick. He was raised in Scarsdale, New York along with his elder sister, Patricia Florence Fitzpatrick, and his younger brother, Philip J. Fitzpatrick. With Scarsdale High School’s Class of 55’ he participated in dramatics, and entertained as a folk singer, as well as professionally singing popular music with his best friend, Dick Crews. Tom had a lifelong love of songs and poetry, which he sang and recited for his family. Among his favorite poems were Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas and The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W. B. Yeats.

Tom was a brilliant student who graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1959 and was at the head of his class at Jefferson Medical College in 1963. He served as a Lieutenant at US Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune earning a National Defense Service Medal.

In Willingboro, New Jersey Tom joined a small pediatric medical practice. A few years later he created his own practice and became a beloved practitioner of pediatrics in Doylestown, PA. He was known as "Doctor Tom”. He worked alongside Jinki, a dedicated nurse who was his partner in work and life. The two married in 1984 and created a blended family with Shannon Gandee, Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Hilary Lo and Tara Leblanc, Tara Frisch, Todd Lower and Kathryn Dalton.

Tom and Jinki loved to entertain at their Court Street home in Doylestown, especially their festive Christmas Eve parties. In Tom's retirement the couple moved to a townhouse in Buckingham where they enjoyed wildlife, flowers and birds close at hand.

Tom's principal accomplishment was compassionately bettering the health of a great many of Doylestown's youngsters. He did this with the loving assistance of Jinki. Theirs was one of those rare relationships which functioned well both at work in close quarters and at home.

Tom is survived by his brother, his wife and children and seven grandchildren, Andrea Ray, Sarah Hickerson, Gabrielle Smertneck, Josephine and Clara Lo and Connor and Elizabeth Frisch.

No gifts are requested and private family services will be held at a later date.

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I am deeply moved upon hearing of Tom’s passing. He was one of a kind. As a young homebirth midwife in the 1970’s Dr Tom made home visits to examine the babies after they were born. He raised his office visits one dollar each in order to purchase Billy Rubin lights so babies could have for home phototherapy. This is something that is common place in today’s world but was unheard of at that time. He was a rebel with a cause. He was a man with a purpose. He was a friend of mine! Blessed passing Dr. Tom Fitzpatrick. May your memory be a blessing.
Comment | Posted at 01:15pm via Condolence

Harry D. Carrozza,MD.

Tom & I were classmates at Jefferson Medical College Class of 1963 .in his first year he earned the Freshman Anatomy prize. Last saw him at our home in Ambler in 1992 where our class members honored our classmate,Robert Gallo,MD.
On July 8th, 2014 he & I expressed our great displeasure in letters to the Editor of the Phila. Inquierer regarding the renaming our beloved Jefferson Medical College.
Unfortunately , I have been attempting to get the Thomas Jefferson Univ. to establish a state marker commerating Jefferson Medical College but thus far they have resisted this request. In fact today I was attempting to contact him about this matter when I read his obituary.
May God bless his soul & his family,
Harry D. Carrozza,MD. Tucson,Az
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