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Offline matth

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Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« on: May 27, 2016, 01:37:02 PM »
It brings me great sadness to announce that my Grandad, Frank Fitzgerald passed away on Tuesday 24th May, 2016 (aged 84).

Grandad had been fighting cancer for a number of years, before finally leaving us peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by close family.

My Grandad was part of the King's Regiment before amalgamation into the Manchesters - and saw action in Malaya, both in battle and the boxing ring.

His funeral will take place on Friday 10th June at Dukinfield Crematorium (11.00am) - and all are of course welcome.

If you have any questions, or would like any more information - please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you,

Matt



Francis "Frankie Fitz" Fitzgerald
Top row, third from left

Offline george.theshed197

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Re: Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2016, 04:49:51 PM »
Sorry to near your news Matt,
I didn't actually know Frank Fitzgerald owing to the great distances that existed between the various Companies in those days but having served myself in B, then D and ultimately with C Companies and my Sarawak Rangers there is still a feeling of loss at any former member of the Battalion.
My sincerest condolences to you and your family, May he Rest in Peace, Stand Down Old Freind.
George

Offline matth

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Re: Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2016, 04:51:58 PM »
Thanks for your kind words George

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Re: Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2016, 06:47:43 PM »
So sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather Frank,I knew Frank very well,I trained and boxed with him on numerous occasions when we represented the regiment.Frank was a clever and skillful boxer who won the majority of his bouts.The last time I met your grandfather was at a dedication service to those who lost their lives in Malaya.
I extend to you and your family my expression of deep sorrow and condolences.The memory of Frank will live on

Offline matth

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Re: Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2016, 07:22:15 PM »
So sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather Frank,I knew Frank very well,I trained and boxed with him on numerous occasions when we represented the regiment.Frank was a clever and skillful boxer who won the majority of his bouts.The last time I met your grandfather was at a dedication service to those who lost their lives in Malaya.
I extend to you and your family my expression of deep sorrow and condolences.The memory of Frank will live on

I was really hoping to get in touch with some of his old pals, and seems I have done. Thank you for your words and sentiments, he always spoke very highly of his time in the Army, and of those he fought alongside.

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Re: Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2016, 07:31:45 PM »
Hello Matth,

Further to my earlier post and the photograph of the Bn Boxing Team,I am stood on the right of your grandfather,I would love to attend Franks funeral,unfortunately I live in Gloucester and have a wife who is in ill health and cannot be left unattended,my thoughts are with you.

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Re: Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2016, 01:09:31 PM »
Arty,

You look a bit of a handful in those days if I may say so.

regards

Offline matth

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Re: Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2016, 01:30:30 PM »
Hello Matth,

Further to my earlier post and the photograph of the Bn Boxing Team,I am stood on the right of your grandfather,I would love to attend Franks funeral,unfortunately I live in Gloucester and have a wife who is in ill health and cannot be left unattended,my thoughts are with you.

Thank you so much, and very sorry to hear of your wife's illness. If you'd like to share any stories of yourself and of my Grandad, i'd love to share them at the funeral.

Matt

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Re: Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2016, 09:19:57 AM »
Grandad had a lovely send off yesterday, thank you all for your kind words and thoughts.


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Re: Francis (Frank) Fitzgerald
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2016, 09:02:10 PM »
Frank can now rest in peace and stand easy