CARTERET — Attesting the high regard in which he was held leaders in the municipality, counly and state attended the funeral services Monday morning for Josoph F. FitzGerald, chairman of the New Jersey Chapter, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, at the time of his sudden death late last Wednesday night. This service was held at the home of his sister, Mrs. William O'Brien, in Roosevelt Avenue, East Rahway section, and burial was in Cloverleaf Memorial Park, Woodbridge.
Among those at the funeral were Attorney General David T. Wilentz, former Assemblyman Cornelius Wall, Edward J. Patten and Samuel Gonvery, clerk and surrogate respectively of Middlesex County, and Joseph G. Buch, head of the New Jersey Crippled Children's Commission.
Pall bearers for Mr. FitzGerald were Recorder John H. Nevill, Walter V. Quin, William V. Coughlin, Edward A. Dolan, School Commissioner Adam Makwinski and Fire Marshal John S. Olbricht, all friends of many years standing.
Mr. Fitzgerald, who was fifty-one years of age and lived at 94 Emerson Street, was stricken ill when on his way home after working throughout last Wednesday preparing Christmas treats for victims of poliomyelitis at chapter headquarters in Elizabeth. He and Mrs. FitzGerald succeeded in reaching Mrs. O'Brien's home, where physicians were called, but he died a few hours later.
In addition to his wife, Josephine and sister he is survived by his brother, Dennis, long-time president of No. 2 Fire Company and two sons, Joseph Jr. and Edward.
He had lived in Carteret many years and been a leader politically as well as prominent in many other phases of borough life. He was general foreman of the storeroom at the United States Metals Refining Company.
J. J. Lyman had charge of the funeral.
Obituary can be found in Carteret Press, December 23, 1943, page 2
His life in Carteret always was colorful, and he was a figure known by name and by sight to a large proportion of the population. He came to Carteret when a youth.
He was born in Newark and attended schools there, then moved to Port Reading. After obtaining work at the refining company's plant he moved to Carteret, and when a young man was well known for the minstrals and other intertainments which he promoted for various charities. During the administration of former Mayor Joseph A. Hermann he was active in politics and at the end of his regime, in 1935, he organized the Carteret Democratic Organization, Inc., known familiarly as the incorporated group.
Obituary can be found in Carteret Press, December 17, 1943, page 1 + 2