Biography of Patrick H. Fitzpatrick
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PATRICK HENRY FITZPATRICK - Engaged in the building and real estate business in the Throggs Neck section of The Bronx since 1924, Mr. Fitzpatrick, during the few years of his residence in this part of The Bronx, has become one of the leaders in the development of real estate and in the upbuilding of this community. His previous experience of many years as assistant New England superintendent of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and later as Eastern representative of the Salem China Company stood him in good stead in his more recent enterprise. Not only is he considered a very energetic and able business man with an unusually keen business judgment, but he is also active in the civic, fraternal and religious life of the community.

Patrick Henry Fitzpatrick was born August 31, 1872, at Southbridge, Massachusetts, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Kennedy) Fitzpatrick. His father, Thomas Fitzpatrick, was born in Derrynaveigh, County Clare, Ireland, a son of Patrick and Mary (Ryan) Fitzpatrick. He came to the United States as a boy of fourteen years, settling first in Troy, New York, and later in Worcester, Massachusetts. There he married at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Kennedy, a native of Kilkenny, Ireland, and a daughter of Patrick and Bridget (Ronan) Kennedy. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Fitzpatrick removed to Southbridge, Massachusetts. It was in this town that their son, the subject of this article, received his education, graduating from grammar school and then attending high school for two years. At the age of sixteen years, Mr. Fitzpatrick began work in one of the local mills, where, however, he remained only for a short time. He then entered the employ of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad as a clerk in the freight department, a position which he filled with much efficiency for seven years. At the end of this period he became connected with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, a connection which endured for twelve years. Of this important organization he was assistant superintendent in New England, with headquarters in Worcester and Roxbury, Massachusetts, his work taking him to the various New England cities and towns in his territory, in which this company had local agencies. In 1919 he accepted the position of representative for the Salem China Company, of Salem, Ohio, covering New York, Pennsylvania, and part of New England. In this work, too, his ability and energy gained him success and recognition. He continued in it until 19Z4, when he entered the building and real estate business in The Bronx, in which he has been engaged ever since then. His operations are centered in the Throggs Neck section and he has been responsible for bringing many new settlers and buyers to this part of The Bronx. Mr. Fitzpatrick has always taken an intelligent interest in public affairs and, while he was still a resident of Southbridge, Massachusetts, he served for four years as assessor of this town, a position which he resigned only when he moved away.

In politics Mr. Fitzpatrick is a supporter of the Democratic party and as such is a member of the Chippewa Democratic Club of The Bronx. He is also a member of Trienna Council, No. 199, Knights of Columbus, and of the Holy Name Society of the Church of Our Lady of Assumption, of The Bronx. His religious affiliations are with the Roman Catholic church, and more particularly with the Church of Our Lady of Assumption.

Mr. Fitzpatrick married at Southbridge, Massachusetts, in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, February 19, 1900, Mary Tobin, a daughter of Patrick and Julia (Kelly) Tobin. Mrs. Fitzpatrick's father was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, a son of Bernard and Bridget Tobin, but her mother was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, a daughter of Patrick Thomas and Mary Kelly. Mr. and Mrs. Fitzpatrick are the parents of four children: 1. Margaret Mary, born July 23, 1902. 2. Leo Francis, born July 31, 1904. 3. Thomas Bernard, born August 4, 1906; married, October 10, 1925, Dorothy Meyers. 4. Patrick Henry, Jr., born December 1, 1908. The family home is located at No. 3364 Eastern Boulevard, The Bronx.

While at Southbridge, Massachusetts, Mr. Fitzpatrick saved the life of a woman by the name of Bridget McGrath, for which he received the Carnegie Hero Medal and the Massachusetts Humane Society Medal, and $1200 in cash. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a great athlete and was a swimmer of note.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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