Obituary: Michael FitzGerald

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (April 17, 2018) – Retired Covenant minister Michael FitzGerald died Sunday. He was 65.

Mike was born August 24, 1952, in Bremerton, Washington, to John and Patricia FitzGerald.

He attended the University of Washington and then graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from California State University-Sacramento, and from North Park Theological Seminary.

Mike married Cynthia Towne on August 30, 1975.

They served Mercer Island (Washington) Covenant Church; Rochester (Minnesota) Covenant Church, and Community Covenant Church in Santa Cruz, California.

Mike had battled with cancer for several years. Last year he published A Wild Bouquet: A Gathering of Verse. In it he wrote:

How to let go is all we really choose
though death demands the final choice.
We cannot stop the crashing wave, but only let
it throw us beyond our lives.

Survivors include his wife,  mother; two daughters, Amy (Chris) FitzGerald and Lindsey (Thomas) Prudzynski; and four grandchildren. His father preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be conducted May 20 at Community Covenant Church in Santa Cruz.

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  1. One of my dearest High School Pals, we went to Sunday school together at Lake Hills, Played in a before school Basketball League, and had a great time. I will miss Mike so much, God Bless his family
    and all his adoring friends. Lee

  2. To lose Mike and Jim in one weekend is heartbreaking. Colleagues and brothers in ministry. I remember Mike reciting William Stafford’s “Ask Me” to me by memory. Absolutely riveting!

    Some time when the river is ice ask me
    mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
    what I have done is my life. Others
    have come in their slow way into
    my thought, and some have tried to help
    or to hurt: ask me what difference
    their strongest love or hate has made.
    I will listen to what you say.
    You and I can turn and look
    at the silent river and wait. We know
    the current is there, hidden; and there
    are comings and goings from miles away
    that hold the stillness exactly before us.
    What the river says, that is what I say.

    Thank you Michael!

  3. My deepest condolences to Mike’s family. I remember him well from many years ago when members of my church shared a retreat with him.

  4. Mike was kindest rascal pastor I’ve known. He was a confidant and a mentor in my early years of ministry and I leaned on his sage advice many times. He would bring comfort, challenge, and a caring bluntness to our many talks. Mike brought an amazing clarity to many situations I found myself in. At the heart of it all was his profound love for Christ, the church, and his family. Mike set me straight on a great many things and would always send me off running in the right direction. When I left the NWC I was overjoyed when we would meet again serving in the PSWC. I am so proud to have been a friend. May nothing but joy, peace, and many smiles be associated with your memory, Mike.

  5. Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We were in seminary together at North Park, and one year were co-editors of the seminary yearbook. In the back of that yearbook is a picture of our alter egos, two young mad scientists in a chemistry lab, a fitting metaphor for ministry at times. Peace to his memory.

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